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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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Want An Energy Efficient Roof? Consider The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Spray Foam

by Kelly Murphy

With so many energy efficient roofing options to pick from, one of the materials you may be considering is spray foam. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of using the material.

Advantages of Using Spray Foam

Many homeowners love spray foam because of its durability and strength, which is comparable to having a multi-layered roofing system. Spray foam is seamless, waterproof, and will completely adhere to an existing roof structure. It will even withstand hail damage since any damage will be localized to the top surface of the spray foam.

The reflective coating will save on your energy bills by keeping heat inside your home during the winter. It is also highly wind resistant, and will help with the structural integrity of the roof that it is applied to.

The installation process allows the foam to easily fit around protrusions in the roof, like flashing or challenging angles. It can also be applied to existing roof systems without the need to reinforce a roof because of the weight of the material.

Disadvantages of Using Spray Foam

Many of the disadvantages of using spray foam insulation come from the installation inside of things, which should not affect your roof once the installation is complete. It is still important to be aware of what they are since they can increase the cost of installation.

Spray foam must be installed with precision since an even layer of spray foam needs to be applied for proper coverage. If there are dips in the spray foam, it can cause certain parts of your roof to be less insulated than others. That is why it's important to find a contractor that has experience with the product so that it is installed correctly. It could put spray foam out of your skill range for a DIY installation if you are completely unfamiliar with the material. Be aware that an improper installation can lead to the spray foam roofing material potentially failing.

The cost of the material itself will also be more than competing materials like asphalt roofing. While you will see a return on your investment the longer you own the building, you may not see the complete financial benefits of spray foam roofing if you plan on selling the building in the near future.

Spray foam roofing material is also difficult to remove after application. If this is a concern, a 1-inch layer of ISO board can be installed under the foam. It allows the material to be cut out in small sections, if necessary, making it easier to remove.

If you feel like spray foam roofing is the right choice for you, contact a roofing contractor in your area for an estimate. For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at Armstrong Installation Service.