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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 Mistakes To Avoid When Replacing Shingles On Your Roof

by Kelly Murphy

After inspecting your roof after a bad storm, you may have discovered that a few shingles were damaged and have decided to replace them yourself. However, before you get started, make sure you avoid the following mistakes when replacing the shingles on your roof.

Using Shingles from a Different Manufacturer

When you go to buy the new shingles you plan to use to replace your damaged ones, you may believe that any type will do. After all, a shingle is a shingle, right?

However, if you end up buying shingles from a manufacturer different from the one who made your current shingles, you risk running into two problems. First, you may not be able to find the exact same color, which would make your patches show up and decrease the aesthetic quality of your roof.

Second, and probably most important, shingles from different manufacturers may not have the exact same measurements. You may end up putting down shingles that do not line up correctly with your current ones, which would leave gaps through which water can leak underneath.

Laying New Shingles over Old Ones

Especially if you have single shingles in different areas that were damaged, you may be tempted to simply place the new ones over the old ones. After all, as long as the cracks are covered, the new shingle should keep the water out, right?

However, laying new shingles over old ones will create uneven layers on your roof. Because the new shingle is not tightly positioned next to other shingles, this creates a gap that could allow water to seep under both the old and new shingle.

Reusing the Old Roofing Nails

Even if you know to remove the old shingle to install a new one, you may be tempted to reuse the old roofing nails. If they still look intact and fairly straight, there's no need to spend extra money on new nails, right?

However, even though the nails may look like they are in good condition, there may be rust on the surface or stress fractures that are caused by pulling them out and hammering them back in. They could then break and make your new shingle fall off. It is better to use new roofing nails to ensure they secure the shingles tightly against the roof.

Avoiding the above mistakes while replacing a few shingles on your roof can help increase your chances of success. However, if you have large sections of roof that need repairing, you should consider contacting a roofing repair professional, like Berwald Roofing Inc, to have them inspect your roof and discuss what needs to be done to fix it.