Let's face it. By the time the snow starts to recede in March (hopefully!) we are already thinking about home improvements and priorities for home budgets. Major renovations such as replacing exterior siding or roofing require some background research and planning. Siding and roofing can greatly enhance your home's exterior design and curb-appeal. What colours and style will help you achieve the look you are after? It's a big decision, along with what materials are used.
The start of a new year is traditionally the time to look ahead into the construction season and identify trends and preferences. Building material trends are built over-time and one trend that has been growing for years is the popularity of steel / metal building systems.
Principia Consulting produced an industry report, Metal Roofing 2018, analyzing standing seam, corrugated/ribbed panels, and specialty panel metal products. "Among the metal roofing contractors surveyed, 75% expect the market to grow over the next three years and suppliers echo similar growth expectations." source Going forward into 2019, metal roofing /cladding continues to be the high performance building material of choice to many consumers and commercial developers. And here is why.
For most homeowners, the family home is the most valuable and important asset. Homeowners today, are looking to make renovations that not only increase the curb appeal of their property, but add lasting value. High performance exterior building products like metal roofing and siding are the perfect upgrade - delivering the latest design flare along with unbeatable weather durability and longevity.
Architects and custom home builders have a history of recommending high performance metal roofing for the aesthetic appeal, and because of the array of superior durability characteristics. But, more and more homeowners, with homes of all sizes set in both rural and urban neighbourhoods, are selecting metal roofing to replace worn-out asphalt shingled roofs.
In 2018, consumers are aware of their environmental footprint, the need to select eco-friendly building materials, and the overall costs of home improvements, long-term. In addition, just as consumers seek out luxury upgraded fixtures for inside their homes, they are also choosing quality metal roofing when it comes to renovating their home's exterior or remodelling their roof.
If you live in the Ottawa area, then you'll want to head out to the Cottage Life & Backyard Show this weekend at the EY Centre, (April 13-15). It's a fabulous celebration of outdoor living, and we'll be there. Meet exhibitors showing boats, docks, builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, water toys and more.
“As consumers become more educated about the need for sustainable living, many homeowners and homebuyers are prioritizing eco-friendly living in their home purchases and other home renovations. To meet public outcry for conservation, recyclability, and sustainability, those in the home improvement and construction industries are seeking solid alternatives that will adhere to even the most rigorous standards of eco-friendliness and sustainable living.” Paul Kazlov, ‘Top Environmental Benefits of Metal Roofing’
Many homeowners are interested in reducing their ecological footprint by making choices around the home that have less impact on the environment. Reducing energy consumption, conserving water, using natural products, are some of the areas of interest.
A renovation, such as installing a new roof, is a chance to re-evaluate building materials to achieve ecological benefits.
Many homeowners plan ahead for remodeling projects so that they can put aside funds from their monthly budgets. When it comes down to deciding where to spend those home maintenance / improvement dollars, the question is often what needs to be done first to protect the home, and offer comfort and enjoyment.
Made in Canada, our residential and commercial metal roofing systems are built to withstand extreme Canadian weather conditions - high winds, driving rain, heavy snow and ice. Everything that mother nature throws at us over the winter.
Roofing professionals advise that homeowners take a good look at their roof in the spring and the fall.
By doing so, the homeowner can identify any potential problems for the season ahead. In the fall - you want to be sure that your roof will perform through the winter, and address any urgent issues before the snow arrives making repairs very difficult.
Many home / cottage owners and commercial building designers are concerned about the ecological footprint of their building. When constructing new or renovating an existing building (roofing or cladding), one of the factors to consider is how eco-sustainable a building material is. All of the products manufactured and distributed by Vicwest are engineered to provide the most eco-responsible options available in the industry. And our consulting and engineering teams have superior experience with finishes, substrates, reflectance, emissivity and insulation measures – all of which add up to energy savings!
Let's look at some of the environmental benefits of choosing metal roofing or cladding over asphalt, clay, wood shingles, or other materials.