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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 Best Roofing Materials For A Skillion-Style Porch Roof

by Kelly Murphy

Skillion roofs are also called shed roofs because that is where these one-sided, steeply upwards sloping styles are traditionally found. But a skillion roof can also serve as the roof for a long but narrow front porch.

Need new roofing material for your skillion porch under roof repairs?  If your home's upper roof is visible from the road, you will want to match the porch roof to the home's roof. If the upper roof isn't visible, you have more design flexibility.

Here are a few of the best roofing materials for a skillion-style porch roof that you can discuss with your roofing contractor.

Standing-Seam Metal

Standing-seam metal roofing can create a streamlined, flat-looking surface to the skillion-style porch. The metal is available in a range of colors that can help the roof blend in with the other colors of your home and won't call all of the visual focus to the porch roof.

Metal roofing is mid-range in price compared to other roofing materials such as asphalt, which is cheaper, and the higher-end slate shingles. Standing-seam metal is a durable and low-maintenance roofing material. The metal also absorbs light, which can help keep the porch cooler under the sun of the summer months. 

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt is another low-profile roofing material for a skillion-style roof. The shingles are low-cost and low-maintenance. Asphalt roofing has become more sophisticated over time but can still look more simplistic than metal or wood. If budget is a concern, asphalt can cover your skillion without making the porch the focus of your home.

Don't use asphalt shingles if your skillion porch faces directly toward open and frequent winds. The winds can go straight up the steep slope and catch under the lightweight asphalt to cause damage or shingle removal. If your porch rarely receives direct wind due to a windbreak or other factor, you can likely use asphalt without worry.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are about as fancy as you would want to go with a skillion-style roof, as the simple lines are easily overwhelmed with the statement pieces like slate or clay tiles. The wood shingles are typically cedar and can be stained a narrow range of colors that are all found in nature. Using these textured shingles on the porch roof will bring more attention to the skillion shape, but that isn't necessarily a problem if you want the porch to serve as a focal piece.

Wood shingles are higher maintenance than asphalt and metal. The shingles are prone to warping due to weather changes and to insect damage. The relatively low visible shape of the skillion does mean that any occurring damage should be fairly easy to catch early so that you can call in your roofing contractor for prompt repairs.  

For more information, contact Lakeside Roofing or a similar company.

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