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Three Important Factors to Consider when Choosing a Metal Roofing Supplier

Reputable metal roofing suppliers love the opportunity to work hard for their customers’ confidence. But, no matter the supplier you choose, you want to know the important factors to consider to help you make the right choice. If you are looking for a good metal roofing supplier, make sure to keep the following factors in mind:

Metal Roofing Style and Kinds

Different suppliers concentrate on offering various kinds of metal roofing. But, you want a supplier that focuses on vertical seam metal roofing or modular panel metal roofs that tend to look like slate, wood, shakes, and tile. As you zero in your metal roof’s style to ensure it meets your needs and your home’s architectural design, pick a supplier who has significant experience with your chosen roofing style.

Shipping

If you want to buy a vertical seam roof, you may order the panel in custom lengths sized form the bottom of the roof to the peak. Shipping these panels over long distances can be very costly. Although shipping a long distance may be essential for premium grade panels, lower grade ones are produced regionally and may just be shipped 50 miles or less, depending on your location. Meanwhile, as modular metal roofs are palletized and don’t involve long panels, they are much easier to ship.  Do a little research with your supplier to see how responsive they will be if you ever need them down the road.

Raw Materials

Confirm the grade and quality of metals and coating the manufacturer and supplier use. A lot of manufacturers use non-North American metals for their roofing systems because they are cheaper. If you purchase a roof made from USA-produced raw materials, look for companies that produce their products only from domestic raw materials. Also, a metal roofing supplier uses quality raw material if they meet or exceed Metal Construction Association’s Certified Metal Roofing program requirements.

Companies learn to do better things over the years, particularly in areas of flashing design and installation details. These things affect the long-term performance of your roof. In addition, metal roofing will offer a warranty for your roof and you want to choose a manufacturer that has proven history and stability in terms of supporting any future warranty claims. Also, manufactures that have been operating in the industry for many years often play industry leadership wit highly educational websites and active participation in industry trade associations.

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