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A Hy-Grade Customer’s Letter of Recommendation

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Hi,

My name is Alex MacEachern. My wife and I live at 11 Blue Heron Dr. in Mono,ON (Orangeville area). After years of repairing shingles we decided to put a steel roof on and be done with roof problems.We chose Hy-Grade and here’s why:

After looking into the steel roof industry Hy-Grade seemed to have those important qualities we were looking for. Product quality. A strong track record with customer satisfaction. Installation expertise. A meaningful guarantee.

We made the right choice. Everything went as smooth as possible. You should see our house now. (Drive by someday)

In addition to the obvious benefits I had not even thought of the incredible feeling of satisfaction we now have.

Some other points:

  1. Our insurance was actually REDUCED.
  2. When it rains (we have had some massive downpours) the sound is no more noticeable than with shingles.
  3. Neighbors keep commenting on the beauty of the house.
  4. Rhonda (our Roofing Consultant) was terrific. No high pressure, assisted with financing, answered all or questions and stayed connected until the job was completed.

In closing let me say that I highly recommend Hy-Grade.

I am NOT being paid for this letter. It’s a pleasure to write it.

Alex MacEachern

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Expansion & Contraction

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E & C = Expansion & Contraction

 

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Hy-Grade Fastening Socket

Everything expands and contracts when the temperature changes, especially metal.

The Hy-Grade shake is made out of galvanized steel and was designed to be fastened with a smooth shank galvanized nail. Notice both the Hy-Grade shakes and fasteners are galvanized, not two different metals. This eliminates the possibility of the metals oxidizing or corroding over time as all dissimilar metals eventually do over a long enough time period.

The socket in the shake allows the metal to Expand and Contract in all directions around the fastener without pulling on the fastener, which over time would otherwise work it loose. All parts of the Hy-Grade system are designed to allow for Expansion and Contraction as well to prevent loosening of the fasteners.

Hy-Grade’s proven and perfected system comes in one design; and one design only! Since 1988 our system has proven its amazing expansion and contraction qualities in Ontario’s temperature extremes. Never once has Hy-Grade been called back for a popped fastener.

It’s simply the design that works best!

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Benefits Of Steel Roofing

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If you have pulled broken shingle parts from your gutter, you have probably thought about finding an alternative material for your roof. Shingles have seemingly been around forever, and many people do not know that there are more options for what you use to cover your house. If you are looking for a roofing contractor in Ontario to replace a handful of broken shingles, there are a few reasons to ask about switching to steel roofing.

Environmentally Friendly

More often than not, metal roofs are made from recycled materials, which can be recycled again if and when the roof needs to be replaced. Other shingles are composed of various substances that have nowhere to go but a dumpster once they are ripped off your house. Steel roofs also last much longer than shingles, at least 4 times longer, so they are more eco-friendly.

Warranty

Since metal roofing is more durable than regular shingles, it is easy to receive a good warranty on the product. It is also easier to determine the source of damage when the product is not a composite of different materials, so your roofing contractor can be very clear as to what the warranty covers. This is not always the case with traditional, flimsy shingles.

Home Value

As steel roofs become more popular, they help to increase the value of your home. More and more prospective buyers are willing to spend a little extra for a roof that is durable and permanent, whereas a house with old shingles can have a significantly lower resale value. If you can increase the worth of your home by paying for new roofing that you need anyway, you might as well go for it.

Once you find a roofing contractor in Ontario who can replace your old shingles, ask what option they think will be best for you. Chances are they will advise you to go with steel roofing, and you would be wise to listen to them.

Myths About Metal Roofing

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Myths About Metal Roofing:

Myths About Metal Roofing

If you’re thinking, Hy-Grade has heard it all regarding the myths about permanent metal roofing after having been in business since 1988, you’d be right. We have. And here’s just a few of the more common myths we hear:

  • it will rust
  • you can’t walk on it
  • it attracts lightening
  • It’s too noisy when it rains
  • it’s vulnerable to high winds
  • it will make my house hotter
  • And the biggest myth we hear almost every day… “I can’t afford it!”

The source of most of these myths is outdated information and memories. Unfortunately, when too many people think about steel roofing to solve their roof problems, this is what they recall: standing seam metal also known as “barn steel”….

Hy-Grade’s unique shake design, made exclusively for Ontario’s temperature extremes, doesn’t resemble or perform like this “barn steel”. It’s made to last for many generations. Now, let’s dispel these myths…

#1 Too Noisy When It Rains…

With Hy-Grade’s steel roofing system and its wood strapping that’s attached to your roof deck, there’s a 2-3 inch gap between the deck and the steel shakes. Along with providing self-ventilation, this gap affords sound attenuation.

“…It was one of my concerns with this type of roof, whether it would make more noise during rainfall… but in actual fact, I would say it makes less noise”.

-Father Martin Vallely (formerly of) Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Kitchener, ON.

#2 It Attracts Lightning…

We often remove lightning rods from roofs, and have no need to re-install them. This is because the Hy-Grade steel roof is not “grounded,” nor is it combustible. Moreover, lightning is attracted to the highest point around. But even if that’s your roof, Hy-Grade’s metal roof dissipates any electrical charge if struck by lightning, which you wouldn’t even know if it was except maybe due to the thunderclap.

#3 You Can’t Walk On It…

It’s true you probably can’t walk on some metal roofs like aluminum, they’re just too thin. Hy-Grade’s metal roof shake is designed with ribs at the end of which are the unique fastening sockets. These ribs, which you should NOT walk on, provide strength for the flat areas in between them. Extreme care should be taken when walking on a Hy-Grade roof. If the roof is too steep, OR it’s wet, it is best to stay off.

#4 It’s Vulnerable To High Winds…

Myths About High Winds

Hy-Grade’s warranty covers sustained winds that approach hurricane strength. The way Hy-Grade’s shakes are attached to the wood strapping system creates downward forces that resist lifting. The large upper center window in the house (to the left) was blown out by extreme winds caused by wind shear directly off of Lake Huron. But not a single Hy-Grade steel shake was lifted… plus Hy-Grade warrants its roofs to 120 kpm sustained winds. That’s just under Category 1 hurricane force sustained winds.

#5 It Will Make My House Hotter…

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy: Buildings Technology Program, conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee Hy-Grade’s use of “Above Sheathing Ventilation” (ASV), as created by its double wood strapping system, can save up to 30% on your annual energy bills. Even Hy-Grade black coloured shakes afford as much seasonal cooling load as so called “cool colour” metal attached directly to the roof deck even through a membrane. Moreover, any company that claims their roof is Energy Star rated in Canada is mistaken at best and completely deceptive at worst as no roofs in Canada are eligible for Energy Star.

And The Biggie…#6…I Can’t Afford It…

This couldn’t be further from the truth. For those of you who have purchased asphalt roofs before, you know how their useful lives have grown shorter: Your first asphalt roof might have lasted 40+ years. We strap over shingled roofs as few as 5 years old on a routine basis, much to the dismay of the owners who thought they bought a “30-year” shingle. Click here to learn more about this.

With the average life now of around 12 years, you’ll buy four asphalt roofs before your Hy-Grade warranty even expires, and that’s about half of what we believe its effective life will be. Multiply the cost of asphalt by four, or more, and you’ll quickly determine a steel roofing system from Hy-Grade makes the most affordable choice… your 1st choice for your last roof.

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