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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

Building Your Backyard Storage Shed: Roofing Material Options

by Kelly Murphy

Because spring has arrived, you find yourself looking to the outdoors for your next big home improvement project. While you may have been planning your backyard storage shed project for some time now, this is the year that you finally decide to take the plunge and build it. When building your backyard shed, you have many factors to consider. One of the most important is your choice in roofing materials. A good solid roof on your storage shed will keep your lawn care equipment or workshop materials safe from the elements for years to come. So, before you make your final supply decisions, get to know some of the roofing material options available to you. 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is perhaps the most common roofing material used for backyard storage sheds. This is due in large part to its longevity. Metal roofing can last for many years, even decades if properly cared for and maintained. In other words, as long as your shed is standing, so will your original roof.

Metal roofing is also very easy to install. As such, it is ideal if you are planning to build the shed and do much of the work yourself. Additionally, metal roofs are resistant to fire and will keep moisture out of your shed better than any roofing material available. 

If you are hoping that your shed roof is also environmentally friendly, you can choose to use recycled steel to build your shed roof. Because it is recycled, your roof will not require new materials. And, when you are done with your backyard storage shed or if you choose to replace the roof, you can recycle the steel again for use in other building materials. 

Vegetated Roofing

If you are interested in installing an eco-friendly roof for your storage shed, you can give a living, green roof a try. Vegetated roofing is made up of a thin layer of soil into which indigenous plants are planted. 

A living roof has numerous benefits. First, it is well-insulated due to both the soil and the living plants. The plants themselves absorb thermal energy from the sun that they use to grow and nourish themselves. The plants also reduce your carbon footprint by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

Vegetated roofing is also low maintenance. Because the plants used are indigenous to your area, they are particularly adept at surviving in the climate in which you live. Only in the case of extreme drought will you need to water your vegetated roof. 

Once you choose the roofing material for your backyard shed, you will be well on your way to having a completed plan for your backyard building project. So, weigh your options carefully and get started on your shed right away. If you're looking for a roofing company in your area, visit Walnut Creek Metals.