What are the advantages of hiring a metal roofing contractor who can fabricate your roof on site?
Metal roofs can last for more than a hundred years with proper care. Depending on the type, size and pitch of roof, a roofing contractor may assign technicians the task of carefully measuring the roof in sections and hiring a subcontractor to fabricate them. Once this is completed, the sections are transported to the work site and then attached to the roof. Some metal roofing products today are made using this method.
Different things can go wrong with this type of arrangement. For example, if the initial measurements are off, the sections will not fit properly. If the sections are not manufactured properly, the roof will fail. If repairs are made to the roofing frame that changes the measurements, the sections will not fit. New measurements must then be taken and replacement sections must be manufactured.
A contractor that fabricates metal roofing on site has many advantages. First, the contractor is on site and does not require a subcontractor to manufacture any sections or pieces. The roofer will have the equipment to manufacture any part of the roof to the exact measurements required. If any repairs are made to the framing that cause measurements to change, the pieces or section can be custom made without any delay.
An onsite roofing contractor can alert the home or business owner to any potential problem areas of the roof such as ice dams, flashing around or near fireplaces and overhanging tree limbs. Installation of auxiliary items such as de-icers for gutters and specialized flashing can be done while the roof is installed.
The onsite roofer can install all types of metal materials such as shingles, sheets, copper and more. Forming machines can fabricate sheets with custom widths for any roof. This prevents a roof that looks as though part of it was cut off. Custom sheets give the roof a uniform look and enhance the curb appeal of the structure.
Roofing that is fabricated onsite generally costs less, because only one contractor is used. There are no markups from the manufacturer or shipping costs. The job is done far faster and there are no delays created by waiting for replacement panels.
The contractor has all the necessary metal, fasteners and equipment to use from the time he or she arrives at the address. No delays are created by having to wait for specialized items from a factory. The home or business owner can conduct business sooner and enjoy a structure with a custom made and fitted roof.