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Metal Roofing Contractors – Should You Hire A Contractor To Install Your Metal Roofing?

By Ryan McCall

A recent trend of home DIY installations have seen a lot of people trying to install their own metal roofing rather than pay the prohibitively high cost for a metal roofing contractor. Basically, these home improvement enthusiasts are looking to save on both ends: the reason they want the roofs they’re building is because of their energy efficiency and long-term durability.

Now, sure, the mindset is one a lot of people can identify with right now ” the economy is as low as can be and many people have found themselves the victims of retrenchments or big wage cuts. And there are a number of companies that make metal roofing shingles for just this purpose ” for the amateur, DIY metal roofing contractor. These panels, as they’re advertised, clip together easily, either by hand or with a minimal number of tools. The problem that you’re likely to run into when trying to use such products is that they’re uniform, designed for a uniform roof-shape.

The thing is, its the rarest of homes that has a standard roof shape. Most homes have a skylight, chimney, sidewall or dormer up there somewhere, and in all likelihood, without the right reshaping tools, you’re going to leave weak spots in the areas where you have to work around these structural irregularities. This means that you could leave yourself open to damage by rain, snow and ice, not just to the external but to the internal structure of the roof too. So your attempt to save money may well incur the need for a serious, expensive repair job that you can ill afford. And this, when a well-installed roof could last you for literally a lifetime. So ask yourself: Is the risk worth taking?

So, if you don’t happen to live in a Toblerone- or matchbox-shaped residence, get on the phone to a metal roofing contractor and start haggling. The cost of installing a metal roof once you’ve laid hands on the requisite parts is not that high, as the labor required is so much less. The job should proceed relatively quickly, and if the contractor charges by the day, so much the better.

If not, you should get at least three metal roofing contractors to quote you for the job. Alternatively, call on your friends and family ” you’d be surprised how well the concept of six degrees of separation applies when it comes to finding anyone in the building, carpentry or plumbing industries. Its the way the average contractor gets the majority of his work, work hell tend to want to do as well as possible if you’re referred by a family member, as hell know hes leaving an impression not just on one person, but on an entire network of potential customers.

A brake is the device employed by most residential roofing contractors that need to cut parts to fit the particular angles of a unique roof, and you should determine beyond a shadow of a doubt that your metal roofing contractor intends to use one. If he doesn’t, well, a saw in human hands can never approach the efficiency of a hydraulic-powered, jagged-toothed saw, and the job is likely to stretch out far longer than it should, leaving you with shoddy, hand-cut panels and debt you don’t deserve.

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McCall, Ryan "Metal Roofing Contractors – Should You Hire A Contractor To Install Your Metal Roofing?." Metal Roofing Contractors – Should You Hire A Contractor To Install Your Metal Roofing?. 13 Jun. 2009. 26 Dec 2014 <>.

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McCall, R (2009, June 13). Metal Roofing Contractors – Should You Hire A Contractor To Install Your Metal Roofing?. Retrieved December 26, 2014, from

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