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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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What To Consider When Only One Side Of Your House Has Roof Damage

by Kelly Murphy

When one side of your roof is badly damaged, but the other sides don't have much damage at all, you have to decide if you want a complete roof replacement or if you just want to replace one side of your roof. Here are some things to think about that could help you make your decision.

Your Insurance Coverage

If your insurance will pay to repair the damages, you might follow their lead. Your insurance might pay to have the entire roof replaced, and then you can take advantage of getting an entirely new roof. However, if the insurance will only pay for fixing the damage, you'll have to decide if you want to pay for replacing the rest of the roof yourself.

The Overall Cost Of The Roofing Work

You'll pay less upfront by having only one side of your roof replaced, but in the end, you may pay more for a new roof. Adding the costs of the partial replacements together could result in you paying more than if you'd replaced the entire roof at once. If you're paying out of pocket for the repairs, you may need to base your decision on the immediate costs rather than long-term costs.

The Ability To Match Colors

If your roof is several years old, the color has probably faded and the shingles have probably lost granules. That means most of your old roof will look different from the side that has new shingles. This might not be too noticeable, but if the difference in color and appearance bothers you, you may be better off getting your whole roof replaced at the same time.

The Uneven Aging Of Your Roof

Making the decision to replace one side of your roof could affect you for many years, especially if it is several years old. When the old roofing wears down and needs to be replaced, the new side may still be in good shape. Overall though, it could be better to replace your whole roof so it ages at the same rate.

A roofing contractor can explain the consequences of replacing only one side of your roof at a time. When one side is badly damaged, you'll have to replace at least that side, and you may determine it's also best to replace your entire roof unless your budget won't allow it. By waiting, you could save money to replace your entire roof at some point in the future. Contact a roofing service for more information.