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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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4 Commercial Roofing Tips to Pay Attention to

by Kelly Murphy

Paying for commercial roofing work is a case where you want to know that you'll get the most bang for your buck. In order to do so, though, you need to know when to call a professional and how to communicate your needs. Here are four tips for making the most of your commercial roofing service.

Scanning for the Signs

Some signs of trouble are relatively easy to spot, such as water stains or mold forming on walls. You may also see cracking or breaking in the roof itself. More subtle indicators like odors should also be considered potential signs of issues. Even if there isn't any evidence of trouble, you should have a roof inspection conducted at least twice a year.

It's also a good idea to take a close look, if possible, at indoor areas where you suspect leakage is occurring when you know, for example, that a rainstorm is coming in. Likewise, you should conduct a visual inspection after the storm has ended. Similarly, you should perform an inspection at the end of every spring.

Where to Look for Trouble

Always begin visual inspections on the inside of the structure and then work your way toward the roof. If you have access to the roof itself through a door that opens up to it, get up to the roof. Be careful of walking in any spots where there is standing water or that you are not confident about. If you have serious doubts, ask a professional to visit your place.

What to Look For

The edges of the roof are the most likely spots to be compromised. It is a good idea to check on the inside of the building where the ceiling meets the wall, as this is a common point where water coming in from a leaking roof collects. Check the flashing on the outside, and also look for spots like skylights where there are seals. It might seem counterintuitive to do so, but you should also check the foundation of the building, as cracking in the foundation is often the product of roof leaks or poorly redirected water.

Warranties and Guarantees

Keeping documentation of all warranties and guarantees attached to a roof is important. You may be able to lean on these to have commercial roofing replacement or repair work performed if something occurs within the time period set out in the original contract.