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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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Why You Should Choose Membrane Over Tar Roofing

by Kelly Murphy

If you are looking for a flat roof material, two of the most popular options available for you include tar (built-up roofing) and a synthetic membrane. Here are some of the reasons it's better to go with a membrane instead of the tar:

It Is Relatively Easy To Identify Damaged Membrane

There are some forms of roof damage that seem more difficult to diagnose than to repair. A good example is the case of a hidden roof leak; identify the source of the leak is usually half the battle down. Unfortunately, a tar roof makes the job even more difficult because its surface is rough, and the rough sections easily hide cracks and holes. This is particularly true with old built-up roofs that have developed wrinkles over the years. With a membrane roof, however, you have one continuous material, which makes it easy to identify the damaged sections that may cause leaks.

It Doesn't Weigh Down the Roof

Another problem with built-up roofing is that it is naturally heavier than a membrane roof. This may not be a problem with all roofs, but it can be a serious problem with an aging roof whose support system isn't as strong as it used to be. Even with relatively new roofs, the greater weight of the built-up roof materials increases the rate of wear and tear.

It Is Less Dangerous To Install

There are two main reasons the installation of tar roofing is more dangerous than the installation of membrane roofing. For one, the former involves the use of heated materials. Secondly, the installation of tar roofing also produces dangerous fumes. This is inevitable because when installing a built-up roof, the installer uses a hot kettle to melt plugs of solid tar. Anything that involves handing noxious fumes and high-temperature materials is inherently dangerous.

It Comes In a White Option

Lastly, you should consider membrane over tar because there are white roofing membranes while tar roofing is inherently black. This may seem like a small issue, but it isn't if you consider that black roofs attract and retain considerably more heat than white roofs. Therefore, when you install a white roof in a hot climate, it will be reflecting most of the heat hitting it from the sun, your home will be considerably cool, and both the HVAC (heating, cooling and air conditioning) system and the environment will thank you for it.

Hopefully, your chosen roofing material will serve you many years to come. Don't forget to use an experienced roofing contractor, such as from Right Way Roofing, Inc, for the job to increase the odds of that being the case.