By Rachael Moore,, Special Correspondent
Carriage Towne News
---- — There is a lot we do nowadays to lessen our impact on the environment: recycling, carpooling to work, and buying products that support the green initiative are just a few of our behaviors. But what about the way we maintain our homes?
Your roof is a place to start. Asphalt shingle roofing is one of the most widely used materials due to low cost and ease in installing. But like many inexpensive and easy options, there are a lot of drawbacks to asphalt shingles. They suffer from thermal shock when temperatures change drastically in a short period of time, making them weaker. In extreme conditions they can be torn off or decay off of the roof and need to be replaced. They require a lot of maintenance—a lot of time, effort, and money.
Advanced Metal Roofing LLC, located in Brentwood, offers the alternative: metal roofs. A family owned company that has expanded their business in metal roofing over recent years, Advanced is the company to consult.
“We take pride in everything that we do. We’re very customer service oriented,” owner Wayne C. Wilusz explains.
Wilusz is passionate about metal roofing and the advantages it brings to homeowners. Advanced’s office off Route 125 is open for potential customers to walk in and learn more about metal roofing and all of its facets. They offer free in-home consultations.
“Our main goal is to set appointments - evaluate roofs, give an estimate, provide education about the process, and give an exact cost of what it would be to have [the roof] done.”
A quick internet search reveals that many people have a lot of misconceptions about metal roofing - the main concern, that it’s aesthetically unappealing with little variety. In reality, there are different styles and options available. Advanced Metal Roofing has different dyes that give different profiles that the customer can choose, as well as the option of metal shingles or metal tiles that are more decorative. There is also a steel shingle that looks like an asphalt shingle, which could be the answer if you want your roof to look as it does but with the metal roof advantages. So what are the advantages?
“Number one: it’s Energy Star rated,” says Wilusz. “All of our materials and finished products are Energy Star compliant.”
Consumers with Energy Star qualified roofs can qualify for a $1,500 tax credit due to energy saving benefits. In the summer, metal roofs keep homes cooler, reducing the financial and environmental costs of keeping that air conditioner on all hours of the day. All of the metal manufacturers Advanced uses provide steel made in the U.S. - cutting the impact of shipping metal over from other countries. Wilusz even has a state of the art roll forming machine - they receive the metal but make the metal roofing panels onsite of the roof they’re replacing.
Last year alone Advanced Metal Roofing installed over 300 metal roofs, and the average age of the asphalt roofs they replaced was only 11 years.
“We meet people who have replaced their asphalt roof 2-3 times in a 15 year period,” emphasizes Wilusz. “Metal is slightly more expensive than a conventional asphalt, but you never have to do it again. We’re basically allowing homeowners to never worry about their roof again.”
This means a lot for homeowners. Replacing an asphalt shingle roof can cost up to $5,000; 2-3 times could add up to $10,000-$15,000 in 15 years. On the environmental front is all of the waste produced by replacing the asphalt tiles.
“Metal roofing is lightweight. It’s 2/3 the weight of the asphalt roof,” explains Wilusz. “In a lot of cases we can go over the asphalt roof. You don’t have to worry about dumping the asphalt shingles, the new roof can be placed right over to reduce waste.”
Advanced Metal Roofing LLC, was featured in this year’s Qualified Remodeler Magazine list of top remodelers at #424 in country #3 in the state of New Hampshire. Forget the ice dams, forget snow raking - with metal, these are worries of the past. If you have questions about the energy efficiency and what a metal roof can do for you, stop by or give them a call at 800-519-9944. They service all of New Hampshire, Southern Maine, and Northern Massachusetts.