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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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A Few Things You Need To Know About Repairing Your Own Roof

by Kelly Murphy

At some point in time, it is very likely that you will need to have some repairs done to your home's roof. There are some simple repairs you may be able to do the repair yourself. However, before you get started, there are a few things you need to know.

Pooling Water

If you notice that that water pools in a spot on your roof, it could be where a leak gets started. Every roof has some slope to it, even a "flat" roof. However, if there is damage to the underlying wood or a few damaged tiles, there may be an area where the roof dips. You can repair this by lifting up any tiles, replacing any damaged wood, and then replacing the tiles. You should then use a garden hose to run water down the roof and across where the low area was to make sure it does not collect there again.

Finding a Leak

Unfortunately, finding where the roof is damaged and leaking is not always easy. While you may find a missing roof tile, that is not always where the roof itself is leaking. Sometimes, the missing tile allows the water to flow under other tiles to a spot in the wood that has rotted. It is the rotted wood that allows the water to leak into the house. Repairing the problem may require removing more tiles until you can find the rot and replace that piece of wood. It is also important that you do not assume that where the water is leaking is where the bad wood is either. Once the water drips down through the rotted wood, it may travel along wires, other wood beams, or pipes. It can then drip down to rest on the upper side of the ceiling, where it can pool, crumbling the drywall and leaking into a room. This can be a lot of work and may require professional help to repair all that has been damaged.

Two things you need to keep in mind when considering doing roof repairs on your own are safety and your abilities. Never work on a roof if no one else is home, and always secure yourself and the ladder to keep from falling. You must be willing to honestly assess your abilities. Trying to do something you are not familiar with can only lead to more damage to the roof. Know when to contact a professional at a company like Stevens Roofing Corporation for a little problem to keep it from growing into something large and expensive.

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