New homeowners prefer metal roofs because of their exceptional durability. It is undeniable: metal roofing can provide long-term lifespan and durability to properties because of its top-notch performance that can last for 50-70 years. Furthermore, the availability of variety thanks to differently-colored acrylic elastomeric coating extends its lifespan and gives any property an excellent aesthetic.

However, if you feel like having an asphalt shingle-roofed home, it’s still advisable (and an excellent investment) to do so. Top-notch roofers in Calgary AB will agree that asphalt shingle roofs yet bring plenty to today’s real estate market. That is despite having 25-30 years of lifespan and need frequent maintenance.

One, it gives homeowners the traditional aesthetics of a property. Two, it’s easily replaceable and fixable by Calgary AB Roofers. Three, you won’t need to look too far to find roofing suppliers selling bundles of asphalt shingles. That is, in case you need to manually replace them right after a windstorm. Truthfully, having convenient access to hardware suppliers is essential in today’s quarantine season.

Other roofing materials, such as clay and slate tiles, are still some of the best roofing materials you can use for your property. Even if these roofing materials require a big chunk of roofing maintenance services, they introduce unique aesthetics that metal roofs cannot provide homes. If you find clays and slates attractive for your home, then, by all means, use them.

Metal roofs aren’t immune to problems too. Sheffield Metals has a great list of common metal roofing problems homeowners can encounter in the future below. In any case, if you need a roofer to install any roofing material for your home, you can count on No Payne Roofing for all your needs. Contact us today!

Top 7 Common Problems with Metal Roofing

#1: Oil Canning

According to the Metal Construction Association, oil canning is defined as:

“Visible waviness in the flat areas of metal roofing and metal wall panels. In technical terms, oil canning is referred to as elastic buckling (more commonly known as “stress wrinkling”). It can occur in any type of metal panel: steel, aluminum, zinc, or copper.”

To be clear, oil canning is an inherent characteristic of nearly all metal roofs/walls. Think of oil canning as the metal on a standing seam metal system being over-stressed and unable to hold a flat form, which causes the metal to give in and create visible waves. Oil canning is easily one of the hottest topics in metal roofing because it can be difficult to define and measure. There are a number of reasons that oil canning can occur, including:

  • Over-production—such as extreme pressure during the coiling of the metal
  • Frequent stress from coil slitting (cutting) and rollforming panels
  • Inadequate space allotted for thermal expanding and contracting of the panels
  • Changes to the structure’s original form that puts tension on or moves the panels
  • Improper usage, handling, and storage by installers

For example, if a panel is not installed according to the specified dimensions of the structure, it could generate oil canning

Contractors should always follow industry standard installation details

Luckily there are ways to reduce the likelihood of oil canning, some of which include:

  • Purchasing a thicker metal
  • Using a rib roller profile to break up the amount of flat space on a panel
  • Choosing a low-gloss or matte finish to reduce reflectivity, which can decrease the visibility of oil canning
  • Buying tension-leveled (stretched) metal, as this coil is already stretched beyond the point where it cannot return to its original state
  • Install the roof over a flat “in-place” roof deck
  • Most importantly: Choose a skilled and experienced installer who is knowledgeable about the ways to avoid oil canning

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