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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 Roofing Alternatives To Asphalt Shingles

by Kelly Murphy

If you are considering a new roof for your home, you may already be looking at the cost of asphalt shingles at the hardware store. However, there are other roofing alternatives that may provide better durability and protection for your home. Here are two of them:

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing can last for the entire lifetime of your building, so once it is applied, you are unlikely to have to replace it. Additionally, the color and style of a metal roof can be selected based on the design of your property. Metal roofing can even be fabricated to look like other roofing materials, such as wood shakes. The finish can be matte, shiny or somewhere in between, so you have lots of options. 

This style of roofing can also add value to your property. It may be preferred by potential homebuyers due to its energy efficiency. Metal can reflect heat during warm weather and absorb it during colder months. 

Metal roofing may also provide greater protection than asphalt shingles due to the material's lack of water absorbency. Metal readily reflects rain without absorbing any moisture, and snow tends to slide off of the smooth material. It also resists mold, mildew and insects. 

Foam Roofing

Polyurethane foam roofing can also be used as an alternative to asphalt shingles. The foam is sprayed onto a roof as a liquid and hardens to a solid within a few seconds.

 It can be applied over existing roofing materials, and the liquid polyurethane expands as it hardens, filling in cracks and crevices on your roof to prevent leaks. Even irregular areas around chimneys and skylights receive an airtight seal.

The roofing material is extremely lightweight and can be used for practically any roof, regardless of its shape. Since the foam is highly insulating, the energy efficiency provided by the spray foam roofing material can help lower the cost of energy bills all year long. 

Foam roofing is extremely durable, and if the material ever becomes damaged by a falling limb or other severe trauma, more foam can simply be sprayed into place. The application is so simple that it is unlikely to disrupt activities, even at a commercial building.

If you are considering a new roof for your home, you don't have to choose asphalt. To learn more about roofing options that may be suitable for your property, contact a roofing specialist, like Advantage Roofing, in your area.