Who am I talking about you ask? Well, Adamson Roofing Ltd. See, I have a 1 1/2 storey house, and while adorable and cottage-y looking it end up leaking every damn year due to ice dams (damn, dam - get it??). I've been considering replacing my roof with a metal roof for a few years now; it costs a couple hundred dollars to get the snow shovelled off and considering that I'm likely to need that a couple times a year, the long term extra costs of a metal roof could soon pay for themselves. So off to the internet I went, seeking helpful information about "Winnipeg metal roof" (or something along those lines).
Behold! I found this blog post from January of 2011 by local roofer Adamson Roofing Ltd., who is "Committed to Excellence" as per their website. Well written it seems to go right to the heart of my concerns, including the poor aesthetic that I feel metal roofing possesses.
"For the majority of people they associate metal roofing with the typical corrugated, straight-lined metal roofing seen on rural homes, barns and commercial buildings. Because of the industrial look of this material, many homeowners shy away from its use. Fortunately, now there are now several manufacturers that have created more textured and appealing types of metal roofing that possesses all of the benefits of metal roofing without the commercial appearance. Some of these metal roofing options mimic slate or cedar shingles and may be more attractive than many types of asphalt shingles. Various colours are also available, not just the typical galvanized or green styles we are familiar with on rural homes."This guy is a genius! He totally gets me! Okay, add him to the short list. What else does Google have for me - if everyone is this on the ball I'm golden!
What's this?? An article as first seen in the Winnipeg Free Press back in 2009 - "Ask the Inspector" by Ari Marantz. Wait this looks familiar.... Actually, it seems to be EXACTLY THE SAME. Checks Adamson Roofing post for credit to the original author. Nope, can't find it anywhere. Amusingly his blog post does have over 200 comments, seemingly ALL from spambots. Good times. (Please excuse me if I don't keep up with deleting the spam that this post will generate, I've discovered the word roof has been a magnet for spam in the past).
So, call me crazy, but I no longer feel as though I can trust Adamson Roofing on the subject of metal roofing, I'm not sure they even truly know what it is since they couldn't even write about it themselves. Heck, I would have even accepted a "we couldn't put it any better ourselves" disclaimer and proper accreditation at the beginning of the post!
I'm still left looking for suggestions for a roofing contractor that specializes in metal roofing, more specifically one who specializes in "pretty" metal ones.