No matter what nature throws at your cottage, your roof bears the brunt of it. Rain, hail, snow, falling debris, pounding sunshine – it all comes from above.
That’s why when it comes to roofing materials, metal has been a top choice for decades. It’s tough, durable, and looks great for many years.
If you really want the best all-around protection, though, look for an Oxford standing seam metal roof, explains James Weber, general manager of All Star Metals. The Listowel, Ontario-based company supplies a wide range of metal roofing and siding products, as well as accessories.
“There is nothing like the beauty and function of a standing seam metal roof,” says James. “It is easily the best roof you can put on your home or cottage.”
Roofing expert Mike Vettese agrees. The owner of GBS contracting, he has done a number of projects with standing seam roofing from All Star Metals.
“A standing seam metal roof checks all the important boxes,” says Mike. “It can take snow, ice, hot sun – whatever nature throws at it. It lasts so well that you will probably never need to replace it.”
All metal roofing is tough, but a standing seam roof is the cream of the crop. It is installed using hidden fasteners, which dramatically extends its lifespan. Traditional metal roofs are fastened in place with nails or screws that have rubber washers to prevent moisture from penetrating the roof. The problem is that those exposed fasteners can get loose with ice and snow, and weather, says James.
“If the rubber between the fasteners and the roof gets worn down under the constant pressure of ice and snow, eventually leaks occur. That then leads to issues such as decaying wood, mildew, and mould,” he says. “It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it can be catastrophic.”
Hidden fasteners are also great for the aesthetics of the roof: the panels blend seamlessly together without any lines of nails or screws to detract from the look.
Of course, no matter what kind of materials you are using, it’s essential that it be installed by skilled tradespeople. Mike and his team have been working with metal roofing for over a decade. They understand that it’s the small details in installation that make a big difference in the overall life of the roof.
Mike isn’t just an installer: when it comes to a standing seam roof, he’s also a client. “The roof is so good, I put one on my own house.”
Other metal options
Although the standing seam metal roof is the best around, All Star Metals also has a variety of other options. All of them are made in Canada and are designed to withstand the pressures of our demanding climate while also offering a stunning aesthetic.
One option is an Algoma metal shingle. With a ribbed design, it mimics the look of classic shakes. However, because it is made from metal, it will last 40 or more years.
Another, more budget-friendly option is a more conventional metal roof with 30-inch-wide panels.
Metal roofing is perfect for new construction as well as for re-roofing installations. In many cases it can be installed directly over top of old shingles, saving the cost and mess of removing the old roof.
Mike and James both acknowledge that metal roofing isn’t the cheapest option. But, when considering metal roofs have a lifespan of between 50 and 70 years, compared to between 15 and 20 for shingles, the cost is worth it.
As well, when considering labour costs for replacing roofing, you are well ahead to go with metal the first time.
“Metal roofs can also reflect UV rays in summer, which can impact cooling costs,” explains Mike. “You could save 10 to 25 percent in cooling costs with a metal roof.”
Metal roofs of all kinds are available in a wide array of colours and grains, allowing property owners to match their décor. This adds a strong curb appeal and can maximize your ROI.
But it’s not just the main roof or siding that can be made with metal. Soffits, stainless steel snow guards, roof shields, underlay, and more are available to match each element with each other.
“It’s exciting to see what the options in the metal market are now,” Mike says. “What we can do with metal roofing, siding and accessories is phenomenal.
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN