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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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The Step-By-Step Process Of Professional Leaky Shingle Roof Repair

by Kelly Murphy

Is your shingle roof suddenly leaking water into the home? While this may have come as a surprise to you, it is important to take swift action to protect your home and fix the problem before it has a chance to get any worse. A leaking roof that does not get repaired could turn into a massive problem the next time a storm occurs.

Contact a Contractor to Perform an Inspection

Once you have taken precautionary measures to keep the water from damaging your home by placing canvas tarps on the floor and using buckets to collect any water that is dripping into the home, it is best to call a contractor who can inspect the roof and determine the cause of the problem. In most cases, the shingles are damaged because they are old and were installed decades ago. If those shingles were already installed when you bought the home, you may not even know how long the previous owners had them, and that means it may be time for new ones.

If you need to have your shingle roof replaced, there is a step-by-step process involved. The contractor may take the following steps to complete the replacement process:

  • Inspect the roof and the quality of the shingles to determine the extent of the damage.
  • Carefully remove each of the shingles from the roof using a shingle remover tool and then place them off to the side or into a trash bag.
  • Remove the nails that were once attached to the shingles and are still stuck to the roof. The best way to remove the nails is to carefully pull them out with the end of a hammer.
  • Carefully remove flashings if they are installed around any pipes that may be on the roof.
  • Look around for any damage underneath the shingles and then remove any buildup of dirt and debris that may be found, including wet leaves.
  • Attach felt paper to the roof using a handheld staple gun to keep the rain from seeping through the new shingles and into the home.
  • Install an aluminum drip edge directly against the baseboard to get water to run down instead of staying on top of the shingles.
  • Install shingles of your choice on top of the home using a roofing nailer. There are several styles available, but asphalt options are one of the most commonly used shingles.

Once you have water leaking in your home, acting quickly is important because additional damage could occur. You can quickly prevent the water from making its way on your floor and belongings by using buckets and canvas tarps while contacting a contractor to inspect and replace the shingles.