By Pat Maurer
The record storms during the seemingly never ending Winter of 2014 in Mid-Michigan left many homeowners and building maintenance crews scrambling to keep up to reduce exterior building repairs.
From ice dams, leaking roofs, sagging gutters and downspouts, the winter freeze and thaws have people wondering what they can do to reduce or eliminate damage. Heavy snowfall mixed with high winds and multiple days of zero degree temperatures and below, made regular maintenance challenging and storm damage repair a must. If you are one of the fortunate ones and your commercial building or residence endured the harsh conditions chances are even you are nervous about the long term toll the 2014 winter of discontent took on your property.
If you have damage and are facing a roof replacement, residential metal roofing is one of the fastest growing segments of home improvement – more than quadrupling its market share over the past decade.
The benefits of today’s metal roofs allow homeowners to upgrade their homes with products of lasting value. While other roofs quickly diminish in value as they age, metal roofs provide lasting benefits.
Husky Metal Roofing owners Scott Losey and Jim Griffor offer that alternative right in our own area. Located just north of Jay’s Sporting Goods on Old U.S. 27 at 8742 South Clare Avenue in Grant Township, they feature custom built steel roofs.
“It’s the last roof you will ever have to put on,” said Scott. “We custom make every part and piece, using Grand Rapids Mill Steel – coil steel — that we use to manufacture the product either on site, or at our own business.”
“There’s no problem with heavy snow,” he continued. “Snow seems to slide right off the roof and doesn’t put the stress on a home’s roof that shingles would.”
The cost of a steel roof is about one-third higher than shingles, Scott said, “but our standing seam roofs have a lifetime warranty. You can’t get that with shingles.”
Husky has been busy already this spring. “We are booked through May already,” Scott said. “This is absolutely a good time to be planning for next winter.”
Installation of a new roof can take as little as one day, although Scott said the average time they are on site is three to five days.
Husky Metal Roofing is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and by appointment on weekends. They offer free estimates.