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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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2 Tips To Prolonging The Life Of Your Roof

by Kelly Murphy

Whether your roof is new or years old, keeping it in good shape is essential to preventing leaks and premature damage. A roof replacement is a costly proposition, so maintaining your current one is the best way to save money and keep your indoor space safe and comfy. Read on for practical measures you can take to ensure your roof stays intact for longer.

Get rid of leaves and overhanging branches

A roof that is surrounded by towering trees can have a major problem with piling leaves, which can collect on roof valleys or near chimneys, obstructing the free flow of water down the roof. This can in turn result in leakage problems as water collects on shingles and infiltrates small cracks on the roof.

Leaves can also harbor pests, create fertile ground for moss and mildew or even trap moisture, causing shingles to decompose. The best way to reduce the buildup of dry leaves on your roof is to regularly remove them with a roof leaf rake or blow them off the roof with a leaf blower. For wet leaves, use a garden hose to gently wash down the clutter. Avoid using a pressure washer to clear the roof, as it can force water up under loose shingles.

A little tree-trimming can also go a long way in preventing the piling of leaves on your roof. Overhanging branches can dent gutters and damage shingles in high winds or even grant squirrels and other rodents that gnaw on shingles easy access to your roof, so trimming them can help prolong the life of your roof. Trimmed branches can end up falling on your roof and damaging shingles, so this task is probably best left to the pros.

Prevent ice dams

Ice buildup on your roof during winter can cause serious roof problems. Ice dams that form a few feet from the gutters can obstruct the flow of water off the roof, causing leakage concerns. Too much snow on the shingles can also add stress to the roof, causing damage to supporting structures or even prompting a collapse.

To prevent such complications, pry off loose snow on the roof surface between storms using a roof rake. You should also try to dislodge ice dams that are near the gutters to prevent water pooling on the roof. Be careful not to forcefully scrap off ice that has already formed, as this could lead to serious shingle damage. Once the snow storms pass, you should consider calling in a roofer to repair up your roof's insulation, as poor insulation can increase the probability of ice dams forming on the roof.

To learn more, contact a roofing company like Emerald Roofing