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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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3 Things To Know About Common Roof Issues

by Kelly Murphy

Due to the importance of the roof, it is essential for homeowners to have a thorough understanding of the issues that a residential roof will experience. By enhancing your understanding of the types of issues and problems your roof can experience, you will be in a far stronger position to protect your home.

1. Shingles Do Not Have To Be Missing To Require Repairs

It is commonly assumed that shingles only need to be repaired if they are completely missing from the home. However, shingles that have become loose or misaligned will also be in need of repair. When they have suffered this damage, water will be able to seep past the shingles. 

Over time, this will contribute to major rot forming on the roof, and this can cause structural problems with it along with creating conditions for mold to grow. For this reason, you may want to inspect your shingles after any major storms so that you will be able to determine whether some of them have become misaligned. Taking photographs of your roof can be useful during this process as you can compare the roof's current condition against the photograph.

2. Roofs Will Eventually Need To Be Replaced

Despite taking excellent care of your roof, it will gradually degrade as a result of exposure to the elements. This will contribute to the roof requiring more frequent repairs and maintenance. As a result, you will need to eventually have the roof replaced. While this will be a major undertaking, it is important to avoid causing major damage to the home. Luckily, if you have this work done before significant rot or other issues are able to form, the repairs will be fairly simple and quick. In fact, it may be possible for the roof replacement work to be completed within a few days of being started.

3. Pests Can Be Extremely Damaging To Your Roof

It is easy for homeowners to focus much of their attention on the roof damage that can be caused by severe weather. However, it is also possible for insects, rodents and other pests to cause significant damage to the roof. Unfortunately, when homeowners fail to address this threat, they may not realize that there is a problem until significant damage has occurred. In order to help reduce this threat, you should have the roof professionally treated with pesticides and repellents at least once every few months. Additionally, a comprehensive inspection of the roof should be performed every couple of years to determine whether it has suffered structural damage from these pests. 

Contact your local home roofers for more information and assistance.