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You’ve made a wise choice deciding to put a metal roof on your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, Lee County, home or office. Now, you have additional choices to make. Yes, you have to decide on a color and metal roofs come in a wide variety of colors. But, you have choices that go beyond the color of your metal roof.

Many think of metal roofs as merely flat metal on top of the home or office. There are some characteristic nuances to metal roofs they may have missed. There are design options that make one metal roof different from another. In any case, as a choice of roofing material, metal is an excellent roof but you’ll still have to decide.

  • The two most economical choices are known in the roofing industry as 5V Crimp and rib panel. The prior roofing option is generally a two-foot-wide panel with five v-shaped ribs running the length of the panel for additional rigidity. The rib panel metal roofing is generally three-feet wide and has rounded ridges running the length of the panel.
    Though these are not the high-end options in metal roofs, they are attractive and functional. It’s no wonder these are the most common metal roofs in use today.
  • Standing seam metal roofing is one of the higher-end options available when you decide you want the roof of your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, Lee County, home or office covered with metal. Panels are generally two-feet wide and can also have ribs running their length for additional rigidity.
    With a standing seam roof, there are no visible screw holes or rivets. The only visible penetrations in standing seam metal roofs are for roof vents and other mechanical or architectural features that protrude through the roof.
    This type of roof has a strong cosmetic appeal though there is another type of metal roof that is even more visually appealing.
  • Permatile roofing is at the top of high end metal roofs. From a distance, it looks as though you have a clay tile roof. Those clay tiles, however, are made of metal. They also have the durability of metal. This is one of the strongest roofs you can put on your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, Lee County, home or office. In fact, Permatile roofing is rated to withstand winds up to 180 mph.

As stated earlier, all these styles of metal roofs come in a variety of colors. They’re all affixed to plywood and have warranties of 40 to 50 years.

For those who worry about the ‘drawbacks’ of metal roofs, the good news is that the drawbacks are generally mythology. Metal roofs are not noisy in rain and they need almost no maintenance. They certainly don’t need to be painted periodically. They have a high aluminum content which inhibits rusting. They also keep the home or office cooler, not hotter, in the summer.

The truth is, here in Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, a flat roof simply won’t last as long as a pitched roof. With a pitched roof, things seem to roll off their shoulders easier. But, with a flat roof, things hang around and fester, such as water, branches and debris – especially water.

While the shingles for a pitched roof often have warranties of 25 years or longer, a flat roof will generally last 10 to 12 years at the most. You could build a peaked roof over your flat roof but make sure you dust off your wallet first. Still, there are things you can do to ensure the flat roof on your Lee County home or office will last as long as possible. 

Some of the following recommendations refer to tips to employ at the time of installation of your flat roof. If you’re not installing the roof yourself, make sure your roofer is following these basic rules.

On the other hand, there are things you can do to extend the life of your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, Lee County, roof after it’s installed. These tips fall under the category of maintenance. Follow these tips and your flat roof won’t last a lifetime but it will last a good long time in terms of flat roof years:
  • Standing water is Enemy No. 1 of your flat roof. Don’t let standing water loiter and your roofing will thank you. How do you chase standing water away? The best idea is to build an inhospitable environment for puddles on your roof.
    Water flows downhill. When you or your roofer installs your roofing, give the water somewhere to flow. To do this, sculpt the foam insulation below the roof to create slopes. Of course, you’ll want to plan for where the water will go.
    Slope the water so it flows into the gutters along the edge of your roof or into drains in the roof. If the water has a chance to collect on your roofing it will rot your roof. It will eventually cause leaks. It will also cause mold to grow, which will further damage your roofing material.

  • Painting your roof after a few years of service will also extend a flat roof’s lifespan. Many fall for using white elastomeric roof paint. Actually, that’s not the best idea. Rather, you’ll want to use an aluminum coating.
    An aluminum coating soaks into the fibers of your roof sheeting to create an impervious surface. At the same time, it creates a protective layer on top of your roofing.
     
  • The next tip is a maintenance tip and it’s pretty simple – simply keep your flat roof clear of debris. As we discussed earlier, a flat roof tends to catch more debris than a pitched roof. Gravity does its magic on a pitched roof and things just naturally fall off, usually. But, a flat roof catches things at the final point of gravity fed descent. 
    With debris falls on a flat roof, other debris tends to collect around it. Moisture also finds refuge among the debris. It’s also an inviting habitat for bugs, birds and other small animals. \
Certainly, we want wildlife in Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel and Captiva to have a place to live we just don’t want the wildlife to setup house on your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, Lee County, roof. The regrettable truth is that they don’t make for good guests on a roof. They eat their way through the roofing or otherwise do things that damage the roof. The moisture that collects on your roof will cause mold to grow and decay to spread.

You can make a point of shutting off lights when you’re not in a room. You can purchase energy conserving light bulbs. You can also purchase appliances with an Energy Star rating for low energy use. And, there is one thing you can do to reduce energy use that covers everything in your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, Lee County, home or office – you can put on a new shingle roof.

How does a new shingle roof help reduce energy use? . 

  • Unless you have a new roof, you’re probably soaking heat in through the shingle roof over your head. That makes the air conditioning work harder. And A/C is a big burner of kilowatts. It’ll burn up kilowatts like a racehorse running away with the purse. When you reduce energy use, you reduce the strain on your air conditioning and you reduce the strain on your wallet.
    Newer shingle roofing has shingles that are more reflective. The heat bounces off the roofing instead of soaking in.

  • If your roof is a little long in the tooth, It may have a coating of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew on a shingle roof hold the heat. While heat likes to rise, if the shingle it tries to rise through is hot the process of heat transfer can’t happen. That means the heat below has nowhere to go and builds up or, more aptly put, builds down into your home. The only way out is, once again, your air conditioning.
     
  • In terms of trends, homeowners these days are more likely to put a lighter-colored shingle roof on their home. When a shingle is lighter it’s more reflective. A dark colored shingle, on the other hand, absorbs more heat. It’s the same principle with mold and mildew, which are generally dark in color. To keep it simple, a light colored shingle is better in terms of energy use.

  • When you do put a new roof on your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, Lee County, home or office, whether a shingle, shake or a metal roof, when you put new roofing on your home or office it’s a great time to add some additional roof vents. Attic vents provide are like heat relief valves and a good friend to reducing energy use.
How much good can a new shingle roof do in terms of reducing energy use? It’s reasonable to expect a 10- to 20-percent reduction in your electric bill after putting a new shingle roof on your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva home or office in Lee County.

Roof Smart of SWFL, INC. has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Roof Smart is dedicated to providing not only the highest quality in roofing, but also backing it with our superb customer service. John Gillam, President 

“Only about 5 percent of the roofing companies Roof Smart competes with in Southwest Florida are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the contractor must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2016 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Angie's List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to healthcare. More than 2 million paid households use Angie's List to gain access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List Magazine and the Angie's List complaint resolution service.

We want you to know that we are much more than just a bunch of roofers. The Roof Smart team is more like a family than a normal roofing contractor. We take pleasure in each other’s achievements and care for each other through hardships and trials. With that sense of family comes a sense of caring and community. On November 26th, two days before Thanksgiving, the Roof Smart Team chose to surprise a member of the Lee County community by replacing her roof, at no cost to her.

Joan Annunzio, a 78 year-old Cape Coral woman, has lived in her home for 28 years and has had problems with her roof for quite some time. She was selected by Builder’s Care, Roof Smart’s Partner in this project, because of her length of community service despite her failing health. She takes extensive care of her neighbors and their homes while struggling with failing eye sight and heart problems.

“Joan embodies community, caring, and so many other values that we share at Roof Smart,” John Gillam, Roof Smart’s President and Co-owner said, “this community is so blessed to have her and we wanted to be able to give something back to her.”



Mrs. Annunzio is the third person to receive a new roof from Roof Smart. We are a contractor committed to helping the people of Fort Myers, Sanibel, Cape Coral, Matlacha, and Pine Island who have all been so generous to us. We stand by all of our work and are not finished until you are completely satisfied. We aim to be Lee County’s premier roofing company, and can only achieve that with the support of our community.

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We here at Roof Smart love and appreciate the community that we serve. We're here as a roofing service to you, not just make money and we can prove it! This is a note we received from an Angie's List member about the service she received when dealing with roof smart:

"I had called for an appointment on 5/21, the young lady was professional and friendly, we were told we would have contact in 24-48 hrs - not a problem - set the appointment and Frank came out as schedule - my husband was home, showed Frank the leak - he got on the roof looked around - then asked to have our hose, put it on the roof in the area where we thought the leak was - that was wrong  the roof did not leak - he looked around and put the hose on the area he thought was leaking and he was right on! - it wasn't the roof it was the decorative beam on the front of the house under our windows - had we fixed what we thought was leaking our problem would not have been solved - he was friendly, experienced and professional and we thank him greatly for finding our problem.   As soon as he found the leak - he went to his truck - picked up roofing caulking material and fixed the problem - fixed in a couple of minutes - my husband ask how much - he said it wasn't a major problem and just to remember Roof Smart when we need assistance or refer our neighbors - which we will do gratefully!!   If you think professionalism and Ethics are dead in todays business - you are wrong - we found an employee and  business that still believes!!

Thank you Frank Konners and thank you Roof Smart for your exceptional employees!"

This is why we should be YOUR choice in roofing contractors. We serve Fort Myers, Sanibel, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach, and every corner of Lee County! When choosing a roofer, make the Roof Smart choice!

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