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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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3 Reasons To Get A Roof Inspection After A Hail Storm

by Kelly Murphy

If you are a business owner, a hail storm is never a welcome event. Hail storms can wreak havoc on your roof, leading to extensive damage and the need for repairs and sometimes the replacement of the roof. Even if the hail storm seemed relatively minor, your roof still may have sustained damage that will lead to degradation of the entire roof system if left untreated.

If your roof has been subjected to a hail storm, it is always a good idea to get a roof inspection from a professional contractor – just to be safe. Here are three reasons why you should definitely get a roof inspection after a hail storm.

Reason #1 – Protecting Your Roof

Any hail that is larger than a pea may have enough mass to divot your roofing material. Wood, metal and shingle roofing materials are all designed to provide protection from the elements, but none of these materials are strong enough to stand up to a speeding ball of ice. Against thousands of speeding balls of ice, your roof doesn't stand a chance.

If the hail is large enough, the damage will be readily apparent. Broken and dented roofing material will be scattered across the roof and maybe even the ground below the building. But smaller hail can also reduce the integrity of the materials, allowing water to penetrate where it shouldn't. A few freeze and thaw cycles later, and you can have real problems – maybe even to the point of needing to replace the roof.

Reason #2 – Protecting What Is Inside Your Building

A damaged roof will eventually leak. Sometimes the leak will be noticeable, and sometimes it will not. A leak you find quickly can be quickly repaired, but a leak you do not notice can cause ongoing damage to what is inside your building. Mold and mildew can develop, supports can decay and the things you are storing in your building can become water damaged.

Reason #3 – Giving You Peace Of Mind

A commercial roof repair specialist will always advise you to get an inspection every year or two – hail storm or no hail storm. If your building is subjected to a hail storm, getting an inspection will allow you to kill two birds with one stone. Even if there is no hail damage, there may still be other issues with the roof. If spotted early, they can be repaired and prevent the need for a full roof replacement.