Do it once, Do it right
I have over 25 years of experience now in the residential metal roofing business. It is hard to believe but it is true.
As a result of my experience, many homeowners contact me each week asking me to help them sort out their roofing situations. Many of these cases are very sad stories of folks choosing metal roofing products that were not correct for their home, or installers who did not know what they were doing. I wish so much that I would hear from folks before they make a decision that is not correct for them or their home.
The residential metal roofing industry has done a solid job in recent years of educating consumers about our products. More and more homeowners are aware of metal and choosing metal when it comes time for them to make a roofing decision.
That sounds good, doesn’t it? After all, much of my life has been devoted to furthering our industry.
The problem is that folks are rushing into decisions thinking that all metal roofing products are the same. It isn’t their fault but they do not understand that metal roofing is not a “generic” or “commodity” item.
Then, when they end up with products that do not complement their home’s beauty, or worse, yet, they end up with products that do not last nearly as long as they expected or products that perhaps simply will not perform at all on a residence, it gives a black eye to our industry. And that is when I end up hearing their sad stories that do break my heart.
So, how can a person make a decision in metal roofing that will be lasting, functional, and beautiful?
Do your research. Look for companies like Classic Metal Roofing Systems that focus on manufacturing products specifically for the residential arena. Be aware of the fact that many manufacturers actually are in business for the commercial and agricultural industry segments even though people do sometimes try to make their products work residentially as well, often unsuccessfully.
One of the best ways to gather information is to download and read the Homeowners Guide to Metal Roofing that is available through our website. It explains the differences between various products from profiles to base metals to finishes.
Do your research. Think it through.
Do it once, Do it right.