Thinking of getting a new metal roof?

You’ve come to the right place. 

Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decision.

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THE FACTS FROM A TO Z

Metal roofing has been around for more than a century. Used originally for commercial, industrial and agricultural buildings, today’s metal roofing also comes in steel shingles in a variety of attractive contemporary colours.

Of all roofing materials, it is well known that metal roofing is by far the longest lasting roofing material. One only needs to travel the countryside to see century-old homes and agricultural buildings with steel roofs still standing solid and proud.

Although some of them are a little rusty and discoloured on the surface, they have endured countless years of battering from the elements and are still weatherproof. Of course, in earlier days, steel roofing materials did not enjoy the benefits of today’s rust resistant metal coatings, technological advances in oven-baked paint systems and solar reflection qualities all bonded to the steel surface at the factory.

Times have changed since then. Residential steel roofing materials are now available in a wide variety of designs and colours to complement any style of home. Today’s steel roofing materials offer unmatched durability, lasting as much as 4 to 5 times longer than asphalt shingles.

They are so reliable, beautiful and appealing to the eye that they are not only used in roofing applications for residential, commercial and industrial buildings, but also as cladding on inside and outside walls of prestigious commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, professional sports venues and other private and public facilities.

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Adirondack Autumn
Alpine Evergreen
Alpine Evergreen
Black Mica
Black Mica
Boreal Blue
Boreal Blue
Bright Silver
Bright Silver
Caramel
Caramel
Classic Copper
Classic Copper
English Slate
English Slate
Espresso
Espresso
Granite Grey
Granite Grey
Mustang Brown
Mustang Brown
Terra Red
Terra Red
Tuscan Clay
Tuscan Clay
Volcanic Stone
Volcanic Stone

WAKEFIELD BRIDGE STEEL SHINGLES LOOK FANTASTIC ON any TYPE OF RESIDENTIAL ROOF.

See for yourself.

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WAKEFIELD BRIDGE STEEL SHINGLES ARE THE PERFECT ROOFING SOLUTION FOR OUR EXTREME NORTHERN WINTERS.

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Whether we want to admit it or not, the last few winters have been singularly unpredictable in Canada and the United States. From the West Coast to the East Coast, from the Prairies to the Atlantic Coast, and from the Great White North to the Great Lakes, the weather has been playing havoc with our traditional winters. Heavy snowfalls where there were few before, repetitious winter storms dumping tons of snow for several days at a time, extreme and prolonged cold snaps in Southern Canada and the American Midwest, followed by strong winds, mild weather up North, melting permafrost dangerously threatening our polar bears and caribou and generally creating hardship for everyone are now common occurrences.

These extreme weather conditions and variations in winter temperatures combine with extreme hot summer peaks, blistering sun, sudden high gusts of winds and heavy flash downpours causing flooding and sewer backups and water infiltrations subjecting roofs to water infiltrations and blown-off shingles.

Only the protection of a new steel shingled roof can resist these extreme weather conditions. A quality Wakefield Bridge steel shingle roof is your barrier against all weather-related aggressions. Steel shingles are at least 60 percent lighter and more resistant than asphalt shingles, concrete and clay tiles, cedar shakes and slate roofing materials, and stronger than aluminum shingles.

In addition, steel shingles are energy efficient and require no maintenance. They will not curl, crack, rot, break, chip, peel, streak or perforate under normal use — as will asphalt shingles over time — and they will outlast any other roofing material. Wakefield Bridge steel shingles carry a 50-year transferable warranty and will likely last a lifetime.

With a quality steel roof on your house, Old Man Winter doesn’t stand a chance!

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ARE STEEL SHINGLES MORE EXPENSIVE THAN REGULAR ASPHALT SHINGLES?

Yes... but wait a minute!

Warranty 50 yearsSteel shingles last at least 4 to 5 times longer. It may even be the last roof you install on your house for as long as you live! 

So if they last at least 4 to 5 times longer, THEN THEY ARE LESS EXPENSIVE. It is a fact that steel shingles do cost more at the outset than regular asphalt shingles… about 50 percent more or less depending on the model you choose, the location of your construction or renovation project, your roofing contractor or installer and the complexity of your roof. In the long term, it's another story!

Lifetime protection is the reason for the higher cost!

Consider a steel roof a lifetime investment that will reward you with a higher resale value when the time comes to sell your house. And you will save money in the long run. In addition, because they are so lightweight, steel shingles can be installed over your existing asphalt shingles, saving you the expense of removing the old shingles, disposing of them and carting them off to a landfill site.

And our Wakefield Bridge steel shingles come with a transferable 50-year warranty.

Because, when you are ready to move on, you want your house to retain its best resale value.

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MONEY TALKS. LET’S DO THE MATH!

For example, let’s say it costs you $6,000 to reroof your house with traditional asphalt shingles that will last you 15 years before they need to be replaced. 

Example based on an average annual inflation rate of 2.1% from 2000 to 2013, and supposing the inflation rate remains at 2,1% annually for the next 50 years, here is what the real cost of reroofing would be for the average homeowner, if he or she had to replace the roof every 15 years. Cost of materials only. Increases over and above 2,1% annually in the cost of steel and transportation are not factored into this calculation. Installation cost not included.

Cost of reroofing with conventional asphalt shingles over 50 years

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Cost of reroofing with Wakefield Bridge steel shingles over 50 years

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Now, what will it be?

The most economical solution or the best quality solution for the long term? Draw the conclusion: the cost of reroofing every 15 years for a total of 50 years would be 6,4 times the cost of reroofing ONCE AND FOR ALL with Ideal Roofing’s WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles.

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WHY YOUR ROOFING CONTRACTOR MAY ATTEMPT TO CHANGE YOUR MIND AND SWITCH YOU OVER TO REGULAR ASPHALT SHINGLES?

There may be quite a few reasons for your roofing contractor or installer, and even your building centre sales representative, to try and discourage you from installing steel shingles... even if you are convinced of the superior qualities of a steel roof and are willing to invest the money.

Many of them are not used to selling the product and doing the necessary calculations to give you an accurate quote.

It is a little more work for them to give you a correct estimate for your type of roof, depending on roof pitch, shape, area to be covered, number of gables, dormers, skylights, valleys, trim and other features of your house.

They do not always know where to find reputable steel roof installers and the skilled tradesmen that will do a good job in their neck of the woods. Ideal Roofing representatives in the field know the right people to do the job… right.

It may take longer and more precision to install steel shingles than it does to slap down and tack squares of asphalt shingles on any type of roof. Because the roofing season is so short in Canada and the Northeast United States, roofers want to finish their jobs as soon as they can to move on the next one and rack up more profits.

As with every business, roofers and building centres want to keep things simple and don’t want to be bothered with orders and sales that are out of the ordinary, as they are intent on serving as many customers as they can in the least amount of time.

Roofers and building centres generally carry a large inventory of asphalt shingles normally purchased in springtime for consumption throughout the year. They prefer liquidating their inventory rather than ordering Wakefield Bridge steel shingles on a special order basis even if delivery may only take a few days.

Finally, both roofers and building centre salespeople know that if you install steel shingles on your roof, you may not need to buy shingles from them anymore… because you will not need roofing materials for another 50 years. Let’s not kid ourselves! That’s not very good for their business as these people earn their living with repeat customers having to change their roofs every 10 to 15 years.

Now, where does that leave you?

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10 GOOD REASONS TO INSTALL WAKEFIELD BRIDGE STEEL SHINGLES

1LONG-LASTING. Because you don’t want to have to reroof in 10 or 15 years, WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles are an investment that pays for itself over and over again as times passes. WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles are long-lasting and carry a transferable 50-year warranty which increases the resale value of your house.
2ATTRACTIVE AND LIGHTWEIGHT. Because WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles are aesthetically pleasing to the eye with vibrant colours in a matt finish that blends in with your neighbourhood and they look great on any type of roof. In addition, they are lightweight — at least 60 percent lighter — and more resistant than asphalt shingles, concrete and clay tiles, cedar shakes and slate roofing materials.
3STRONGER THAN ALUMINUM. It is a fact that Wakefield Bridge steel shingles are stronger, thus will not dent as easily, yet are less expensive than aluminum shingles. In time, aluminum shingles will deteriorate under the effect of oxidization.
4RUST RESISTANT. Because WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles are protected with a corrosion-resistant first coating of zinc and aluminum called GALVALUME, then a second coating of primer paint and finally, a third coating of an oven-baked PVDF paint film with added Kynar 500® resin.
5DURABILITY. Because WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles won’t curl, crack, rot, break, chip, peel, streak or perforate under normal use. Neither will they leave ugly, long, dark, vertical tar streaks and shed loose granules to clog your gutters like asphalt shingles do, as they have a smooth finish.
6RESISTANT TO 241 KM/H OR 150 mph WINDS. Because WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles will resist driving acid rain, ice and hail storms, heavy sleet and snow falls, wind gusts up to 241 km/h or 150 mph, stinging frost, blistering sun, insects, pine needles, and even burning embers from brush or forest fires.
7NOT SUBJECT TO VARIABLE OIL PRICES.Because WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles are manufactured with new and recycled steel, and are not subject to the fluctuations in the cost of fossil fuels and world market oil prices.
8COOL-ROOF TECHNOLOGY. Because WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles enjoy the most advanced Cool Roof® solar reflection technology ensuring exceptional protection from solar radiation and reducing the cost of air-conditioning.
9ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY BECAUSE THEY ARE RECYCLABLE. Contrary to asphalt shingles clogging our landfill sites after their useful life, WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles are made in part of recycled steel and are 100% recyclable at the end of their extended lifecycle, thereby contributing to the protection of our environment.
10HIGHER RESALE VALUE.With their 50-year transferable warranty, WAKEFIELD BRIDGE steel shingles bring added value to your house. Contrary to a house with a roof covered with asphalt shingles, your will retain a higher resale market value when you are ready to move on.

With all these features and benefits, why would you choose any other type of roofing material?

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HOW WOULD MY HOUSE LOOK WITH WAKEFIELD BRIDGE STEEL SHINGLES?

Discover the spectacular effect of a new steel roof on your house with our on-line “Ideal Concepteur” simulation tool and see for yourself before you buy how good your house would look with Wakefield Bridge steel shingles!

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