It’s a little known fact that Michigan is one of the most progressive areas when it comes to roofing. Part of the reason may be the temperature and weather extremes in Michigan. When it comes to Michigan roofing, if it works in Michigan – it works. That may be why Michigan was the site for the first rubber roof installation way back in 1980. That roof is still going strong nearly 30 years later, and rubber roofs are taking off all over the United States.
One of the best sources of information for roofs in Michigan is the MRCA or Michigan Roofing Contractors Association. This groups includes numerous chapters which are the ARCWM, Associated Roofing Contractors of Western Michigan; the Flint PRO, Professional Roofing Organization; JLWRCA, Jackson, Livingston, Washtenaw Roofing Contractors Association; LRCA, Lansing Roofing Contractors Association; RIPF, Roofing Industry Promotion Fund; SVRCA, Saginaw Valley Roofing Contractor Association; and the SMRCA, Southeastern Michigan Roofing Contractors Association. The MRCA lists roofing contractors and consultants, has information on roofing, and holds yearly meetings to keep its members updated on the latest in roofing techniques and technologies.
Michigan is one of the most aggressive areas when it comes to the use of metal roofing materials. This includes not only the older tin barn roof style, but the newer styles that mimic the look of other roofing materials. Michigan’s cold, snow filled winters and hot summers test not only the shrinking and expanding ability of metal roofs, but their ability to shed water and snow. Only a fool would try to walk on a metal roof during a Michigan winter.
One local Michigan roofing company is Hansons, a family owned company that prides itself on customer service and treating customers like family. Hansons not only honors the manufacturer warranties on all its product, they add their own additional warranties. These include a 10 year guarantee all the way up to a 30 year fully transferable guarantee.
Michigan State University is a leading research center for green roofing. Green roofing is growing plants on a roof to replace the lost plants when the structure was built. Green roofing includes deep soil, a variety of plants, and even trees on the roof. Research continues to determine the benefit of green roofing to the environment, the benefit of green roofing to a roof and a structure, and any negative impacts a green roof may have on a structure.