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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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Weathering Your First Big Severe Thunderstorm in Your Midwestern Home: Tips for You

by Kelly Murphy

When you move from another area of the country to the Midwest, you may not fully know what to expect from the unpredictable weather. Severe thunderstorms are a relatively common occurrence during the Midwestern summers and can do major damage to your home. To be sure that you take the best possible care of your home when severe thunderstorms hit, get to know some of the steps that you can and should take to maintain and repair your home in case of storms. Then you can be sure that your first year in your new Midwestern home is successful and as safe as possible.

Make Sure Your Rain Gutters Are Always Clear and in Good Shape

The rain gutters on your home are a vital component during any storm, whether it is severe or not. However, in severe storms, rain gutters can mean the difference between staying safe and dry in your home and having a flooded basement and a severely damaged roof.

When you know that severe weather may be coming your way, it is important to get up on the roof (assuming you have time before the storm hits) to check your rain gutters for debris. Any leaves, branches, or other muck and debris should be removed from those gutters before the rains start. This will help to prevent overflowing, which can cause that debris to get pushed up under your shingles and cause rot and other damage as well as flooding and water pooling around the foundation of your house. 

Periodically, as well as after storms, you will also want to inspect your rain gutters for any signs of damage. This can include gaps between the edge of the gutters and the structure of your roof as well as sagging or holes in the gutters themselves.

Check and Repair Your Roof and Siding

Your roof and your siding are two of the aspects of your home that will suffer the most extreme damage during a severe thunderstorm. As such, they are two areas that you will want to focus much of your attention on to prepare for storms and during your storm-damage repairs.

Damage to your roof and siding can cause serious structural damage to your home if it is not repaired quickly. When it comes to your siding, look for cracks, bulging or warping, and (of course) missing panels. Even a small crack can be serious if you do not address it right away, as water or storm debris can get inside or underneath your siding.

Similarly, minor roof issues can cause leaking and flooding that could cause serious damage in your attic and the rest of your home, even causing total roof collapse. After every storm has passed, remove debris from your roof and inspect it from both the exterior and interior of your home. From the inside, you can look for signs of water damage as well as for any light that might be seeping through your roof. Outside, you can look for missing or broken shingles, warping, bulging, or shingles that are curling up around the edges. The sooner you repair these issues, the better your home will fare the next time bad weather rolls around.

Now that you know a few of the steps that you can take to keep your Midwestern home safe and in good shape in the face of severe thunderstorms, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to make your new life and home in the Midwest as great as possible.

Talk to a company such as FirstChoice Exteriors for more ideas about storm-damage repairs.