Metal Roofs
gatheringpluto

Paris, TX

#1 Dec 16, 2011
I am needing to re-roof, and am very interested in getting a metal roof. I have already called and had contractors come by for estimates. But I have no guidelines on who/how to choose. And so I ask...

1. Who has had metal roofing installed?

2. Who was the contractor and how/why did you choose that particular one? If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same one?

3. Are you satisfied with the quality of the work that was done? Have you had any issues, minor or major? How old is the roof and how has it weathered the years?

4. Cost of course will vary depending on the size and shape of the roof. Do you believe your cost was a fair market price?

Thank You to all who can pass along some good advice!
Old Vet

Paris, TX

#2 Dec 16, 2011
You will get a discount on your insurance but they require a statement from the instaler. I love mine.
gatheringpluto

Paris, TX

#3 Dec 16, 2011
Thanks, Old Vet, yes, I have talked with my insurance. And I think I would also love to have one. I just need some guidance on who is best in quality work at a fair price.
Todd Miller

Beachwood, OH

#4 Dec 16, 2011
Based upon my 30+ years of industry experience, I have launched an educational website for residential metal roofing. Feel free to stop by ... www.asktoddmiller.com
gatheringpluto

Paris, TX

#5 Dec 16, 2011
A nice site, Mr. Miller. Very informative, thank you. Who knows of a quality metal roofer in the Paris area?
jobs

United States

#6 Dec 16, 2011
Check out Jack Hooge he built Crazy House, did that addition on Cunningham Steel and has done multiple roofs. He's the best.
gatheringpluto

Paris, TX

#7 Dec 16, 2011
Thank you jobs. I shall give him a call. Anyone else have any recommendations? experiences? advice?
Not for me

Paris, TX

#9 Dec 16, 2011
I remember seeing a metal roof that the wind lifted up and blew across the street. I would not feel secure with one. Also, have you considered how unattractive metal roofs are? They look OK on businesses and a few houses that sit off to themselves, but a metal roof can really ruin the look of a neighborhood.

Since: May 11

Humble, TX

#10 Dec 16, 2011
Ha!.. who cares if the neighbors don't like it.. I would much rather have a lifetime warranty on a metal roof then spend 5 grand or more reroofing a shingle roof every 15 - 20 years..

Since: May 11

Humble, TX

#11 Dec 16, 2011
I respect your opinion though.. i wasn't being abrasive with that statement but I realized after reading it that it may have sounded like I was..

Since: Aug 08

Paris, TX

#12 Dec 16, 2011
As a firefighter I can tell you that a metal roof can be a real problem if you experience a fire. It will hold in the heat like a lid on a pressure cooker and cause the fire to spread much faster, and burn much hotter, almost guaranteeing a complete loss of the home and all it's contents.

As with all things you weigh the good with the bad and decide from there. Good luck.
rooster

Dallas, TX

#13 Dec 17, 2011
Just remember that they don't make alot of trims for all the occasions, so an installer with a brake for fabrication to make,plus additional monies for this fabrication is a plus. if you have a bunch of in's and outs, the tree branches/leaves love to hang in these built in holders.Bottom line,metal roof's are not for all types of roof designs,and when you're up there to clean out this debris, the roof can get a bit slippery, and the post about blending in with your fellow neighboors house/neighborhood is very important too
gatheringpluto

Paris, TX

#14 Dec 17, 2011
Thanks for the responses. Yes, I have been researching roofing with metal, I think if done right it can look fine. I know the cost of metal is higher than shingle, but as Me2fool said, I am looking for a long term solution, not having to continually reroof. That is why I am asking for recommendations for QUALITY roofers.
why

Sulphur, OK

#15 Dec 18, 2011
The Dork Knight wrote:
As a firefighter I can tell you that a metal roof can be a real problem if you experience a fire. It will hold in the heat like a lid on a pressure cooker and cause the fire to spread much faster, and burn much hotter, almost guaranteeing a complete loss of the home and all it's contents.
As with all things you weigh the good with the bad and decide from there. Good luck.
Why do all insurance companires reccomend them , and give a fire policy discount for them ?
I got a 20% discount. I pay my premium on an annual basis and got a rebate for the rest of the year from the time it was installed.

Also , my heating and cooling bills went down dramatically.
Static

Dallas, TX

#16 Dec 18, 2011
why wrote:
<quoted text>Why do all insurance companires reccomend them , and give a fire policy discount for them ?
I got a 20% discount. I pay my premium on an annual basis and got a rebate for the rest of the year from the time it was installed.

Also , my heating and cooling bills went down dramatically.
I don't think you get a fire discount. I believe the discount is because your insurance company is less likely to have to pay for damages following a storm. I may be wrong.
wht

Sulphur, OK

#17 Dec 18, 2011
Static wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't think you get a fire discount. I believe the discount is because your insurance company is less likely to have to pay for damages following a storm. I may be wrong.
You are wrong. The primary discount is for fire. It is not as likely to catch fire from blowing embers as some have done during this past year's wildfires.
The one drawback for some people is hail damage. If the metal is dented and it is only cosmetic , the insurance company with not pay for repairs or replacement. You are correct about wind damage, in part. Mine is rated to withstand sustained wind of up to 85 mph.
Ramblin Man

Paris, TX

#18 Dec 18, 2011
In no particular order I would recommend Jack Hooge, Mike Winters, or the Yoders. Have seen all three's work and would use any of them if I needed a metal roof.
gatheringpluto

Paris, TX

#19 Dec 18, 2011
Yay Thanks Ramblin Man!
I know one gets a discount for metal roofs. Will definitely check into a rebate also. I do expect lower utility bills, especially as I shall add ventilation and more insulation during the repair.
Since hail is a rare phenomenon around these parts I am not too worried about cosmetic damage. Looking around at metal roofing, I have seen trim around some and not others. Does a solid trim help or matter at all as concerning wind damage? Ah great, lol, another question to add to my growing list. ;-)
roofer

Clarksville, TX

#20 Dec 18, 2011
gatheringpluto wrote:
I am needing to re-roof, and am very interested in getting a metal roof. I have already called and had contractors come by for estimates. But I have no guidelines on who/how to choose. And so I ask...
1. Who has had metal roofing installed?
2. Who was the contractor and how/why did you choose that particular one? If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same one?
3. Are you satisfied with the quality of the work that was done? Have you had any issues, minor or major? How old is the roof and how has it weathered the years?
4. Cost of course will vary depending on the size and shape of the roof. Do you believe your cost was a fair market price?
Thank You to all who can pass along some good advice!
I am a metal roof installer.
You do save on insurance. as for fires spreading, i haven't seen one yet.I have seen four houses that were not completely burnt.
One thing to keep in mind, every where you have to cut a hole (vents,or exhausts) you have a possible leak potential. also valleys can cause problems.
another thing to watch for is that roofers like to screw the sheets down through old shingles.this is common practice, but you have to be careful that they are not screwing into panel rot. later these screws can pull out and you have a leak.
gatheringpluto

Paris, TX

#21 Dec 19, 2011
Thanks, roofer, all good points I shall keep in mind when choosing a roofer and discussing the installation.

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