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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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Keep Your Home Cool With Clay Roof Tiles

by Kelly Murphy

If you look out into most neighborhoods across this country, it would appear that asphalt shingles are the default choice for roofing material. But if you want to give your home a little curb appeal, you should consider using a premium roofing material. Clay roofing tiles will not stand up well to impact damage, but they will otherwise last for decades and keep your home cool all the while. If you live in a moderate climate, then clay roofing is worth looking into. 

Longevity

Clay roofing can last for decades if not centuries. They don't rot, they are not subject to insect damage, and they will not blow off your roof—in other words, they are impressively long-lasting. On the other hand, clay tiles can be brittle. An abnormally large hailstone can break clay shingles, as can a falling branch. You will also need to be careful how you walk on your roof if you ever have to access it. To avoid damage, step in the valley between the ridges of S-shaped tiles, and if you have flat tiles, step on the bottom of a shingle where it rests on the shingle below it instead of on the unsupported middle of the shingle.

Energy Efficiency

If you live in an area that gets a lot of sunlight, then you will want to use S-shaped tiles as they will help to keep your home cool. Because of their shape, these tiles will create natural channels under their ridges. As the tiles absorb heat, it will transfer through the tiles and into these channels, where it will rise up your roof and escape through vents in the ridge tiles. Thus, clay tiles will help to prevent heat from leaking into your home, which will help to keep your cooling costs down. 

Aesthetics

In a sea of sameness, clay tiles will help your home to stand out like a Mediterranean villa. Whether you are trying to dress your home up for sale, or you simply want a unique home, using clay tiles on your roof can help. 

There are many roofing choices on the market, so there is no reason why you should box yourself into asphalt shingles. Instead, you should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. Clay tiles may not make sense in every climate, but if you live in the South or in the desert West, clay tiles are at least worth consideration. Not only will they help to dress up your home, but they will help to keep your repair and cooling costs down. 

For more information and options, contact roofing contractors in your area.

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