Of all roofing materials, it is well known that metal roofing is by far the longest lasting roofing material. One only needs to travel the countryside to see century-old homes and agricultural buildings with steel roofs still standing solid and proud. Although some of them are a little rusty and discoloured on the surface, they have endured countless years of battering from the elements and are still weatherproof. Of course, in earlier days, steel roofing materials did not enjoy the benefits of today’s rust resistant metal coatings, technological advances in oven-baked paint systems and solar reflection qualities all bonded to the steel surface at the factory.
Times have changed since then. Residential steel roofing materials are now available in a wide variety of designs and colours to complement any style of home. Today’s steel roofing materials offer unmatched durability, lasting as much as 4 to 5 times longer than asphalt shingles. They are so reliable, beautiful and appealing to the eye that they are not only used in roofing applications for residential, commercial and industrial buildings, but also as cladding on inside and outside walls of prestigious commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, professional sports venues and other private and public facilities.
Whether we want to admit it or not, the last few winters have been singularly unpredictable in Canada and the United States. From the West Coast to the East Coast, from the Prairies to the Atlantic Coast, and from the Great White North to the Great Lakes, the weather has been playing havoc with our traditional winters. Heavy snowfalls where there were few before, repetitious winter storms dumping tons of snow for several days at a time, extreme and prolonged cold snaps in Southern Canada and the American Midwest, followed by strong winds, mild weather up North, melting permafrost dangerously threatening our polar bears and caribou and generally creating hardship for everyone are now common occurrences.
STEEL ROOFS EXIST FOR MORE THAN ONE-CENTURY
These extreme weather conditions and variations in winter temperatures combine with extreme hot summer peaks, blistering sun, sudden high gusts of winds subjecting roofs to water infiltrations and blown-off shingles. Only the protection of a new steel shingled roof can resist these extreme weather conditions. A quality Wakefield Bridge steel shingle roof is your barrier against all weather-related aggressions. Steel shingles are at least 60 percent lighter and more resistant than asphalt shingles, concrete and clay tiles, cedar shakes and slate roofing materials, and stronger than aluminum shingles. In addition, steel shingles are energy efficient and require no maintenance. They will not curl, crack, rot, break, chip, peel, streak or perforate under normal use — as will asphalt shingles over time — and they will outlast any other roofing material. Wakefield Bridge steel shingles carry a 50-year transferable warranty and will likely last a lifetime.
ARE STEEL SHINGLES MORE EXPENSIVE THAN REGULAR ASPHALT SHINGLES?
Yes… but wait a minute!
Steel shingles last at least 4 to 5 times longer. It may even be the last roof you install on your house for as long as you live! So if they last at least 4 to 5 times longer, THEN THEY ARE LESS EXPENSIVE. It is a fact that steel shingles do cost more at the outset than regular asphalt shingles… about 50 percent more or less depending on the model you choose, the location of your construction or renovation project, your roofing contractor or installer and the complexity of your roof. In the long term, it’s another story!