Wildcat Metals Industry Info

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890 Faulstich Court
San Jose, CA 95112
When looking for custom metal work, learn about material options and specialists.

New metal roofs, gutters, downspouts, and other metal architectural work are major investments that can add value to a property. New products and materials have been created that are worth investigating before you buy a simple replacement.

Advantages of metal roofing
To determine the cost and value of metal roofing, compare the cost of materials and installation of metal versus other roofing materials such as shingles. Add in replacement and maintenance costs to estimate lifetime costs. Several reports indicate that homes sold with standing seam metal roofs recover an average 85 percent of investment costs.

Some estimates find that it takes three full-grown trees to make one wood shingle roof or siding. Most metal roofing materials, such as steel and aluminum, are completely recyclable and often contain recycled components. Blended and coated products have added to the many available options.

Metal roofing provides energy savings by deflecting heat from homes and commercial buildings and reducing air-cooling needs. Some specialized finishes and coatings can further re-emit solar radiation.

Gutters and downspouts
Aluminum is the most popular and affordable choice. It won’t rust and can last 20 years or more with proper care. Copper has become a leading choice for upscale properties, but it has much higher installation and maintenance costs. Galvanized steel and vinyl options are other affordable choices. Specialized treated aluminum and copper options provide unique looks and colors as well as varying degrees of durability.

When it comes to specialized products and installation options for home improvement metal work, homeowners should talk to more than one professional before making a decision. “Ask companies about recent jobs they’ve done and if you can go look at them,” says Katy Laubach, co-owner of Wildcat Metals in San Jose. “If you need specialty work done, it can really pay to look at a contractor’s showroom and get a feel for their expertise.”