Although they aren’t for every building or every building owner, a standing seam metal roof is one of the most high quality roof systems you can install. Also, they are becoming more popular partly because of the rising cost of petroleum causing fiberglass asphalt shingle roof prices to climb over the last several years. A standing seam metal roof can seriously enhance the structural integrity and look of your home or business. It comes in steel, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel, to name a
All of these are at least a 50 year roof and are to be considered
a lifetime roof system. Why? Because they are made of metal, for one thing. Metal of course is rigid and strong so it does not damage easily and can give you a very high wind rating. In most cases it is screwed down with hidden fasteners so the elements never get to these screws and cause corrosion. You can use as many screws as you want to make it very wind worthy.
The technicians are metal roof mechanics and sheet metal mechanics who are highly specialized so they know how to custom fabricate and install every roof as per the particular building design. They are among the most technical workers in all of construction, and aren’t scared of heights either.
Coil metal or flat sheets are run through a roof panel machine for different lengths, widths, and profiles custom to the shape and measurements of the building. Then they are installed. Some standing seam metal roofs [copper mostly] are hand crafted without a machine for historic buildings. These roofs don’t leak if put on right. Not just anyone can do it either, so please be sure you pick a roofing contractor who has the men, equipment in their sheet metal shop, and knowledge for the job. Most roofers don’t even do standing seam metal roofs. It is too complicated. See the roofs they have done and see their equipment, too.
Although standing seam metal roofs are put on many commercial and residential buildings, as the main roof system they are also used to accent other types of roofs like shingles, tile, shakes, and slate roofs. Many times, bay windows, return roofs and bird walk roofs have metal on them. Some shopping centers have them on the front canopy to draw the eye of tenants and customers. Beach houses and cottages use them for wind resistance and high end aesthetics. High rise buildings and church steeples have them because their owners never want to replace their roofs after original construction. They are too high!
The main thing is that if you put a metal roof on your home or business, it will perform very well and will be the last one you ever install, no matter how old you are.
Often, customers will contact our office to report leaks that have manifested themselves after a storm with wind driven, or driving, rains. We hear that an area of the roof or ceiling leaks, but not consistently with every rain.
Rain that has been propelled by wind, often blowing horizontally, can create water intrusion in ways that may not have been possible if wind was not in the equation.
Wind driven rain can make its way past not only shingles, but flashing, chimneys, skylights, siding, windows, walls, corner boards and dormers.
Having a qualified roofer to evaluate your roof and provide routine maintenance is the best preventive measure. If your property does sustain damage from wind driven rain, be sure to have the repairs done soon after the damage. The longer storm damage remains without repair, the greater the risk for more extensive damages caused by rotten wood, mold, and water damage. Your wallet will thank you.
At WCC ROOFING CO, we know that our job is not only to help you build, maintain and restore your roof, but to help you understand the type of roof that you have so that you can preserve it for years to come.
There are many types of roofing materials, some more widely used in commercial roofing than in residential and vice versa. Among the roofing types, we have selected 7 categories to briefly describe their characteristics.
SHINGLES – Popular on many residential structures in this area, shingles are cost efficient, durable roofing material made with a base mat of paper, cellulose, wood fiber, or other materials saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof, then a top coating of adhesive asphalt is applied and ceramic granules are then embedded. Shingles are the most common material used on residential roofs.
TPO – Thermoplastic Polyolefins are blends or alloys of polypropylene plastic or polyprolylene and ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer rubber (EPDM). These extremely durable membranes come in several thicknesses, making it an appealing option that is common on commercial roofs and also used for residential roofs with little to no slope.
EPDM – This synthetic rubber roofing membrane has ethylene and propylene astwo primary ingredients,, are derived from oil and natural gas. EPDM is slowly being replaced by TPO membrane roofs.
METAL – Primarily made of steel or aluminum, metal roofs have proven to stand the test of time. Copper, zinc and titanium are also used in specialized architectural applications for homes. Although metal roofing is more expensive than most other roofing materials, it is considered the strongest, most durable roofing material.
PVC – an ideal long term solution PVC roofing membrane is made of thick, flexible UV-resistant thermoplastic material; it may also contain polyester or fiberglass, resins, pigments, plasticizers and other chemicals. PVC is most often used on commercial buildings.
COMPOSITE OR SYNTHETIC – A substitute for the real thing, synthetic types are created to mimic the look of real tiles, are often more environmentally friendly, sturdy, and energy efficient than their counterparts. Virtually indistinguishable from real slate and wood, manufacturers have developed a strong track record for dependability and are the top of their class.
MODIFIED BITUMEN – These systems can be installed with the common torch method, asphalts, or cold adhesives. A standard modified bitumen roof system is a two-ply system applied in rolls that overlap the edge of the previous roll. They are typically used on flat surfaces.
SLATE- This natural stone has a unique and beautiful appearance. One of the longest lasting roofing materials on the market, slate can also be expensive to maintain.
No matter what type of roof you have, WCC ROOFING CO provides the experience and knowledge needed to preserve, repair or replace your roof.
With any investment, such as your home, you really should weigh your options before making major decisions on how to maintain it. Avoid these pitfalls when making decisions on how to preserve your roof.
- Starting a major roof repair or replacement by yourself (if you are inexperienced).
Unless you have extensive roofing knowledge, it’s probably best to leave the roof work to the professionals. Tearing off a roof is dangerous and difficult work. We have often been called in to “rescue” homeowner from a project that they began but soon realized they were in over their heads. The mistake is often made in an effort to save a few dollars, however, this can cause more damage and cost more in the long run. With the proper safety equipment, knowledge and skill level, a certified roofing contractor is the way to go.
- Buying your own materials.
Shopping around for the best deal is a good thing, but when it comes to having a roof system installed, it pays to allow a qualified contractor with a competitive price to purchase the materials for you. Not only do you avoid having incorrect quantities or products, the contractor may also have access to better, more competitive pricing due to established relationships with regular suppliers. A roof installation tends to be a package deal and a good contractor will be able to provide a workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty with your system.
- Installing a product that does more damage than good over time.
Not all products are good products for your roof. Contrary to popular belief, rain diverters can actually cause more damage than good, forcing water to back up under shingles, resulting in costly damage. Another product that can ultimately cause problems are flush mounted skylights. They typically don’t have a very wide flange and therefore tend to be unable to support high volumes of water. Under heavy rain, water can go beyond the flange and penetrate beneath the roof, resulting in leaks. Rely on a qualified contractor to help you decide what products will perform best for your roof.
- Not hiring a solid contractor.
Make sure that you do your homework. Find a reputable contractor to perform work on your home. Sometimes price isn’t the only factor to consider when it comes to the service you are receiving. Talk to friends, family and co-workers about a roofing company in your area that has a good name in the community, competitive pricing and a track record of quality work. Check the Better Business Bureau, online reviews, and see if there is a company website for a feel and feedback on the contractor’s work history. You want a company with integrity and a great finished product – it is absolutely worth the extra time.
What is flashing?
The protective seal that prevents water intrusion at areas such as skylights, chimneys, dormers and vents is called flashing. Flashing is a critical preventive measure for moisture damage when water is most prone to penetrate a roof’s surface.
Where is flashing important?
Flashing is important at all roof penetrations, including edges, valleys, joints and any grooves, gaps, intersections and projections on the roof of any structure.
How can improper flashing damage my roof?
Poor or improper flashing can lead to premature deterioration at roof joints, so it is imperative to have flashing installed correctly when a new roof is installed. Having it done right the first time is one of the best things you can do to preserve your investment.
Our goal is to secure your first line of defense when it comes to the elements. Water, in whatever form, (rain, snow, sleet, or hail), has a way of penetrating any weaknesses in a roofing system. It is our goal to not only install roofs that will stand up to the wear and tear that the weather brings year after year, but to also assist when water intrusions occur.
While many roofs leaks are simple to repair, determining the source of the leak is often the more difficult task. When customers identify a drip in their ceiling, they often assume that the leak is originating above the leakage point, however, a leak can be traveling down a rafter or can even be the accumulation of condensation. For example, it is common for plumbing and AC leaks to be misdiagnosed as roof leaks. They can be tricky.
Roof leaks can be caused by any number of things. Once you familiarize yourself with the potential causes of leaks, you may be able to determine the source through process of elimination. If not, you can always contact our office for assistance. Here are a few of the main sources of roof leaks:
Missing, cracked or loose shingles, tiles or seams
Damaged or deteriorated flashing, seals and caulking
Improper attic ventilation, which can cause moisture through a buildup of condensation
Improper installation of valleys, flashing, shingles, collars, etc.
Ice Dams, which prevent proper run off and force water to back up beneath shingles
Exposed nail heads
Wind driven rain
Built up debris, which can trap moisture and accelerate deterioration
Most people opt to have a new roof installed in the spring and summer months. Others looking to replace their roof decide to install during the fall. But what happens to the roofs that are installed in the cold winter months?
Often customers ask us if it is okay to install a new shingle roof when the temperatures are extremely cold. This is especially concerning for those who do not have a choice in the matter and must replace their roof immediately.
There are no specific industry guidelines for temperature and roof installation for asphalt shingles, however, various manufacturers do make recommendations. WCC ROOFING CO installs roofs all year round, although, we do pay careful attention to the weather and elect to hold off for warmer days for certain types of applications.
Although asphalt shingles do become brittle as the temperature drops, steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate breakage. If shingles are stored in a warm place and loaded just before installation, problems can be minimized.
A concern we often hear from homeowners is whether or not the self-sealing strips will bond properly without a warm day to promote a good seal. The sun is very helpful in warming a newly installed roof and aiding in a good seal, but in areas prone to high winds, hand-tabbing, (or adding adhesive to the underside of shingles during the application), can sometimes be recommended. This measure assists with keeping the shingles in place, when needed, until warmer weather allows the seal to set as it should.
Whenever you decide to replace your roof, our staff is available to provide guidance and assistance in the process to achieve the best result possible.
We offer the following facts about Ice Damming to help homeowners understand what they are dealing with. Ice damming is the result of snow melting on the upper portions of a roof, then re-freezing on lower portions of the roof. The “melting” we are referring to is that caused by warm air from the heated interior of the home escaping into the attic above. As the home’s interior heat escapes into the attic, it warms the underside of the roof deck and begins to slowly melt the snow that is resting on the roof. The melting snow drains down the roof, then begins to freeze again once it reaches that point where the roof extends beyond the exterior wall of the home (i.e. the roof overhang / eave) because that portion of the roof does not get warmed by the escaping heat from the interior of the home. The longer snow remains on a roof, slowly melting on the upper portion of the roof and re-freezing along the roof eaves below, the bigger the ice dam becomes. Eventually, the growing ice dams become so tall that the melting snow above can no longer drain over the growing ice dams below. Once this happens, water begins to back up under the shingles and leaks into the interior of the home. This leakage will typically then continue until the melting snow on the roof can once again drain off of the roof (i.e. will continue to leak until the ice dam is gone or no longer big enough to cause water to back up under the shingles).
There are numerous factors which contribute to the development of ice damming, including; how much heat escapes into an attic, how well ventilated the attic is, how steep the roof is, how long snow remains upon the roof, how far the roof extends beyond the exterior walls of the home, what type of roofing material is on the home, the design of the roof, the direction the roof slopes face, etc. etc. In short, there are typically numerous contributing factors which impact the potential for ice dam development. There is typically no guaranteed “cure” that can reasonably be expected to 100% prevent leakage attributable to ice damming because the typical home does not 100% prevent heat within the interior of the home from escaping into the attic, and the typical home does not have an insulated roof deck that will remain below freezing as warm air escapes into the attic. That being said, there are still ways to significantly “help” protect against leakage attributable to ice damming. The most practical / common method is to have an ice barrier underlayment installed along the roof eaves, extending a minimum of 2-feet beyond the exterior walls. The second most practical method is to have heat tape installed along roof eaves. Neither should be considered a 100% assured means of protection, but both are reasonably likely to prevent or greatly reduce the potential for leakage attributable to ice damming.
Should you encounter a leak due to ice damming, the first priority we suggest is to have the ice dam physically removed so water can drain off of the roof. This should provide immediate relief from leakage. The next step would be to have permanent repairs completed which may “help” prevent further occurrence. Permanent repairs may simply involve one procedure, or may involve numerous procedures, depending upon the specific conditions relating to the structure.
For roof related issues, you can count on WCC Roofing Co. (your most trusted & knowledgeable roof contractor) to provide a thorough assessment of the specific conditions of concern, followed by a free written proposal for any roof repairs we may suggest.
WCC Roofing Co. – 314.596.0596 – www.wccroofing.com / 816.287.4110 – www.wccroofingkc.com
Ever wondered how a company can offer roof replacement for so much less than another company. This is how it is typically done:
WCC Roofing Co.: Our roof quote ($10,500) – cost to perform work ($10,000) = profit ($500)
The “cheaper” company: Their roof quote ($10,000) – cost to perform work ($7,000) = profit ($3,000)
What you might assume is that the cheaper company is providing the same quality of goods and services as WCC Roofing Co. However, what you will actually find is that the $500 cheaper company is providing $3,000 less of goods and services than us, while pocketing an additional $2,500 in profit. I’ll let you do the math. Did you save $500 for hiring the cheaper company, or get taken by $2,500?
WCC Roofing Co. has been serving the St. Louis Metro and Kansas City areas since 1990. We are an award winning contractor with Angie’s List and Home Advisor. Our emphasis is upon providing customers with a level of service and roof installation that far surpasses the industry standard. We do in fact achieve this objective, mainly as a result of our commitment to perform services with our own highly trained staff, using the best materials offered by the best manufacturers, and backed by the best warranties. Plus, you will find we are your best “value” too!
For courteous, professional, and competitive residential roofing services, you need look no further. We provide Kansas roofing services and repair, as well as gutters and siding. WCC Roofing Co. is the local, family owned business that homeowners have counted on for 25+ years to provide outstanding service and craftsmanship!
WCC Roofing Co. – 314.596.0596 – www.wccroofing.com / 816.287.4110 – www.wccroofingkc.com
When you want to install or replace a roof, you want to be 100% sure that the roofing contractor you are hiring is qualified, competent and reliable enough to provide you the solutions you are looking for. The fact is that roofing is an inexpensive job, and it’s not something you upgrade every now and then; therefore it makes a lot of sense to curb your impulse to hire the first contractor you come in touch with, and be a little more selective with your choice.
Top 3 Tips for Hiring a Roofing Contractor
Here are the Top 3 tips for hiring a roofing contractor:
- Check Reputation– This becomes one of the best ways to ensure you are hiring a vetted roofing contractor. Today, it’s not difficult to find online reviews and testimonials from customers who have used the services of a particular company. Check social media sites and you will get a general feel about the credibility of a particular contractor. They should be able to provide his full name and address (and shouldn’t furnish a P.O. Box number).
They should also have a valid roofing contractor license (this is different from a business license). Experience is another factor that is closely linked to reputation. Opt for an experienced contractor; a mediocre one will not be able to survive in the market for too long, without a blot on his reputation, and it’s important to ask them to provide references.
- Insurance– It’s crucial that the contractor you choose have the required worker’s compensation. This is primarily because the homeowner’s insurance you have may not cover worker’s injuries while the project is in progress. In case there is an accident, you will be liable to pay all costs from your own pocket. The company should also have the liability to protect the homeowner, in the event of an accident.
- Guarantees & Warranties-This is another important aspect. A well-established roofing contractor always provides longer workmanship guarantees. These are different from the warranties provided by the roofing material manufacturer.
In addition, check for the responsiveness of the contractor and whether he is proactive in their approach. It’s also very important that you don’t necessarily settle for the company that provides the lowest quote – they might just be cutting corners.
Always keep in mind, that your roof is a major investment and that the installation has to last for decades. For excellent roofing solutions, call WCC Roofing Co. at 314.596.0596 or check out our website at www.wccroofing.com.