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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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4 Repairs And Improvements You Can Have Done When Replacing Your Roof

by Kelly Murphy

Asphalt roofing only lasts for so many years before it needs to be replaced. When removing the old shingles, it is likely that you are going to uncover damage and repairs that need to be done. Decking and rafters can have hidden water damage that needs to be addressed. You may also want to improve things like flashing on your roof. Here are some of the repairs and improvements you may want to do with a roof replacement:

1. Replacing Damaged Decking Materials

When replacing your roof, the decking materials can be damaged due to many things such as leaks, rot and broken boards. This material will have to be repaired before you have a new roof installed. Roofers will usually do all these small repairs, but if there is a lot of material to be replaced, it may cost a little more.

2. Addressing Water Damage And Rotting Wood

Water damage may not just be on the surface of roof decking. Sometimes, water can get into the attic and damage rafters and joists that support your ceiling and roof. These repairs can be costly if they are extensive. Before you have your roof done, look in your attic with a flashlight to spot any of these potential problems.

3. Improving Flashing In Areas With Excessive Runoff

Areas like valleys and walls where roofs meet can be water traps. A lot of water runs off your roof here, which can cause excessive wear of the shingles and leaks. To prevent these problems, consider having membranes installed in these areas, which will provide better leak protection than conventional metal flashing. The membrane will help to seal any holes and protect areas from leaks when conventional metal flashing fails.

4. Improving Your Roof's Ventilation

Ventilation of your roof is also important. It helps to allow heat and humidity to escape from your attic. If your home does not have good ventilation, consider improving it. Ridge vents are often used, but may not provide sufficient ventilation. You may want to consider using roof vents on the backside of your roof too. With more ventilation, you will help reduce energy loss and moisture problems in your attic.

These are some of the repairs and improvements that you can do when you replace your roof. If you are ready to have a new roof installed, contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about the costs of some of these additional improvements.