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Getting to know your metal roof clips: Expansion and Contraction Clips

Metal roof clips are some of the most important components of your roofing system – but they’re also one of the most overlooked. Choosing the right kind of metal roof clip is essential towards ensuring that you get the most out of metal roof.

In the next few months, we’re going to be discussing the different kinds of metal roof clips on the market – what they do and why they’re useful. This month, we’ll be starting off with expansion and contraction clips. Let’s jump right in!

What is it?

Expansion and contraction clips are fastened to the deck of a home and has a moveable, sliding piece that attaches to a metal roof panel before seaming occurs. This is important because it allows thermal movement – which all metal roofing systems need. They also have a secondary identification – and you’ll find that some pros refer to them as ‘butterfly clips.’

When do you use it?

Expansion and contraction clips are used in roofing systems that have some sort of mechanical seaming. Every metal roofing system gets warm and cold and with that ongoing cooling and heating – comes expansion and contraction – just like anything else in your home. Long story, short – your panels wouldn’t be able to expand and contract without these clips and it could cause rupturing in the seaming as well as warping and other defects.

What should you consider?

While expansion and contraction clips are incredible assets to have and in some cases – required assets; the truth is they’re on the more expensive end of the cost spectrum for metal roof clips. This is particularly true when compared to fixed clips. In addition – these clips aren’t always assembled when they’re purchased – so every piece has to be put together by hand. This can add to labor costs and must be considered. However – the flexibility – literally and figuratively that the clips afford homeowners – is certainly worth the additional expense if said home owner can afford it.

In the coming months we’ll be covering a variety of metal roof clips – including Fixed Clips, Floating clips, Batten Clips and the like. If you’re unsure of which clip to use for your next big roofing project, give our team a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!

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Should you move on from your asphalt roof?

Whether you’re investing in a metal roof or not, any time you’re considering replacing a roof is a time where you’ll have a lot on your plate! Not only do you need to choose the right material, but you’ll have to plan the project out, figure our how you’ll pay for it, find a good contractor and make sure it fits into the lives of everyone in your household.

That being said – what needs to be done needs to be done and when it comes time to do so – you might be considering replacing your asphalt roof. There are many reasons to transition from more traditional roofing materials into newer, more durable materials like metal roofing panels – and that’s what we’re going to be discussing today.

Here are some of the reasons you should consider trading in your asphalt roof and upgrading to metal. Let’s jump right in!

Water damage

Whether your roof is leaking from ice or from rain, metal roofs insure that you probably won’t ever have to deal with water damage again. Over time, asphalt tiles wear and warp, exposing the underbelly of your roof to the elements. Snow, ice and rain can seep underneath and create plenty of problems. Because metal roofs offer panels instead of shingles, this is something you’ll never have to worry about again.

Roof damage

When shingles begin to dislodge on your home, it’s a telltale sign of two things: Either it’s poor workmanship and the roof was installed improperly OR it’s that your roof is old and brittle. There’s also a third potential cause for shingles detaching from a roof is that the sun is generating too much heat on your shingles and due to inadequate ventilation – the shingles dry out quickly and become succeptable to damage. Regardless of those issues – it’s probably time for a new roof.

Metal roof systems – conversely – don’t deal with these issues. They maintain hot and cold air and don’t warp over time. They’re built tough and do a much better job of resisting the elements.

Mold, rot and decay

When it comes to asphalt roofs – you’ll always have to deal with mold, rot and decay. Not only can this damage your roof, but it also looks bad as well. Over time, these things can build up and can cause all sorts of issues ranging from warping shingles to deeply diminishing your home’s curb appeal. On top of it all – the cost to clean the shingles is expensive and frankly, not worth it.

With metal roofing systems, it’s next to impossible for molds and funguses and other materials to grow into and on your panels. That’s not to say you won’t see some deterioration. Particularly in warm weather areas – roof color can fade a bit if the sun is intense enough. However, if installed properly, roofs should maintain their overall appearance for a long, long time.

If you’re looking at the possibility of moving on from your asphalt roof, it’s important that you take your time, do your homework and hire the right contractor. And if you need materials, don’t forget about us! Until then – good luck and hopefully these tips will help make your decision a little bit easier!

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What’s so great about copper roofing?

In recent years, copper roofing has come into vogue with both contractors and home owners alike. It’s hard to blame them- not only does it look great and last a long time, but it can also be formed into different profiles to fit the needs of your home.

If you’re considering copper roofing for your next home remodel, give this blog a read as today we’ll be exploring the pros and cons of this type of metal roof and what it can do for you. Let’s jump right in.

The pros

Just like with most styles of metal roofs, copper roofs come with a whole swath of advantages. The first of which is the aesthetic that they bring to a home. Depending on the option of the person you’re talking to, copper is considered one of the most attractive options on the market. Adding it as a roofing material significantly enhances its curb appeal and value.

The second advantage is its versatility. Whether its shingles or tiles or even custom shapes – copper can be formed any way you’d like it to be. It makes it a uniquely useful product, specifically with regards to finding a good fit for one-of-a-kind roofs that present interesting building challenges. IN addition, copper is a substantially lighter metal relative to others – meaning it puts less stress on your home – especially during times where it’s carrying excess weight due to snow, protracted rainfall, etc.

The final key advantage for a copper roof is its lifespan and performance. There’s a reason church’s and other big buildings use copper as their roofing material of choice. It keeps out mildew and extreme weather. It doesn’t catch fire and in some cases, can last decades with minimal upkeep. In addition, it’s also good at reflecting light as opposed to absorbing it – which helps the house improve its energy efficiency by lowering heating and cooling costs.

The cons

The only meaningful drawback to owning a copper roof is the up-front cost – which is significant. Copper is a premium material that comes loaded with all of the benefits we listed above. It’s also best installed by a quality roofing professional – which will also add to the cost. That being said, if you’re thinking of staying in your home long-term, a copper room should be seen as a large, one-time investment. Once it’s installed, you rarely if ever need to worry about maintenance and you won’t be stuck in some sort of roof replacement cycle that applies to people who use asphalt shingles and the like.

 

Hopefully this blog can give you better insight into the pros and cons of purchasing and installing a copper roof. If you need help with metal roof clips or other installation materials – call or have you contractor give us a call today! Good luck!

 

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How metal roofs keep you cool in the summer

We’re in the peak of summer and let’s just say this one has been pretty hot. Record heat waves have broken out, especially in recent weeks, all over the country. That means that keeping cool is import!

While air conditioning certainly does the lion’s share of keeping a house cool, it won’t do you any good if your home isn’t properly insulated. Hot air can leak out or in and all you get stuck with at the end of the month is a big utility bill and a warm house.

One of your primary culprits may be your existing roof

We’re sure you’ve all felt the oppressive heat of a blacktop parking lot on a hot, sunny day; and if you know how hot asphalt gets when it’s laying there then imagine how hot it gets when it’s on your roof. Simply put, asphalt and other kinds of shingled roofing systems tend to absorb hear and that causes your home to get warmer. If your air conditioner senses the air, it’ll have to work harder cool your home.

With metal roofs, that won’t happen

Metal roofs insulate your home by keeping hot air out and cold air in. That way when your home heats to 65 degrees, the air conditioner can take a break for a little while. The better of the two benefits though – is clearly the heat prevention. Metal roofs can reduce heat absorption by as much as 90%. In the summer, your average home with a metal roof is cooler by around 12 degrees.

Keeping the carbon low

For folks who are thinking about the big picture, then metal roofs are great for you. They’ll help reduce your carbon foot significantly. This is more meaningful than just a feel-good ‘check out my green credentials’ self-high-five. There’s a financial benefit, too. When there’s less carbon in the air, the atmosphere in and around your home stays cooler. When it’s easier to keep your home cool, you save money. When you can save money and help the environment, too? That’s a win for everybody.

Better air quality

One hidden benefit is not only will the air be cooler, but it’ll circulate more efficiently throughout your home. Metal roofs provide an opportunity to re-tool your ventilation – and as a result, fresh air will make its way in and around your home much easier- particularly that cold air pumping out of your air conditioning. And the faster it cycles through, the less work your air conditioner has to do.

If you’re thinking of making a metal roof a part of your future and are looking for the parts and components that make them work, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide a free consultation. Good luck and stay cool! It’s hot out there!

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What makes metal roofs so tough?

Metal roofs are by far the most resilient and durable forms of metal roof on the market. With the right kind of care, your metal roof could last up to 100 years – almost 4 or 5 times as long as other roofing systems.

But how do they stay this tough? What about them makes them so resilient? That’s what we’re here to answer today. Here is what helps set metal roofs apart from the rest of the pack. Let’s jump right in.

 

Impact resistance

When we say metal roofs can take a beating – it’s because they can literally take a beating! Hail damage and other debris are a frequent cause of insurance claims – but with metal roofs, you’re looking at mostly minor dents. It might not help the aesthetic appeal of your roof, of course; but it won’t be a big, leaky hole, either.

Corrosion resistance

When you invest in a metal roof, you won’t have to worry about your home being unnecessarily exposed to the elements. You won’t have to worry about rot, corrosion or the usual wear and tear. Whether it’s metal shingles or standing steam formats – your metal roof will keep the water out and stand strong in the face of the elements.

Wind resistance

When you live in a community like ours here in Clearwater, Florida – high winds are always on the mind – whether it’s a severe thunderstorm creeping in from the coast or hurricane-force winds from a major storm. Every form of metal roof is resistant to tear-offs and updrifts. Thanks to the interlocking fastening system with metal roof clips, the airflow is pulled down and essentially just glides right over the surface of the roof.

In a place like Florida – this can give the average homeowner a huge sense of relief and peace of mind.

 

Metal roofs bring with them a vast array of benefits – but their toughness and durability is almost always the reason homeowners decide to invest in them. If you’re thinking of building a roof or have a contractor signed and want to save some money – contact us today and we’ll help supply you with the best in metal roofing materials. Good luck!

 

 

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How to prepare for a roof replacement

The period of time where a roof is getting installed can be a little hectic and messy around your home. Things are flying off the roof, people are in and out, you’ll see dumpsters, trucks and all sorts of other craziness. In order to cope, you’ll need to be prepared. Doing so, will make the entire process that much easier on you, your family and the workers.

This week, we’re going to discuss four things you should do before your roof is going to be replaced. Let’s jump right in!

If you have kids, particularly young ones

Then you’ll want to make sure you go over what’s going to be happening! Roof replacement can be noisy, hectic and a little dangerous for kids – so be sure that you sit them down and explain to them what’s going to be happening, what is expected of them and what you need them to be aware of for their own safety. And while it might pain them temporarily, it’s probably a good idea to keep all play indoors.

Pets

You might want to consider sending your pets on a temporary ‘vacation’ during the roof install. There will be so many noises and new people around that the entire experience can stress out pets perhaps more than anyone. So if the in-laws or friends can take your pets for a day, it’s probably best that you try to make that accommodation. If they can’t, then we’d suggest perhaps a doggy daycare.

Be mindful of where you’re parking

You might be giggling a little bit, but you’d be surprised at the number of horror stories you’d hear about people who had stuff thrown and or had fallen on their cars because of where they parked them. Not only do you need to worry about the safety of your car, but you also need to take the rest of your home into consideration. Leave the driveway open for your contactors so they can park dumpsters, trucks and other equipment. That way, you won’t have people driving all over your lawn and damaging other areas of your property.

Secure the outdoors

If you have deck furniture – store it away for a few days. If you have nice potted plants, find them a new home for a week. Clear out any obstructions so that workers can get to the areas of your home they need to get to. And that’s just before the roof is done. Once it’s complete, make sure you do another walkthrough around your property to check for loose debris, nails or anything else that could cause a problem. Most companies are great about cleanup, but inevitably something could have been left behind. Don’t let it cost you!

Should you have any questions about metal roof clips, components or parts, give us a call today for a free consultation. Hopefully, your install will go off without a hitch! Good luck!

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The financial benefits of owning a metal roof

While different kinds of roofs provide a wide range of benefits depending on the makeup of your house, at the end of the day – choosing a roof is ultimately a financial decision. When it comes to metal roofs – that decision can be a little more expensive up front, but certainly saves you a lot of money over the long haul.

Here are some of the financial benefits of investing in a metal roof and what kind of value that investment will provide you with as the years roll by. Let’s jump right in!

Increased home value

Metal roofs are more durable, they’re more weather resistant, they’re easier to maintain and they’ll last a lot longer than other roofing systems. To put it simply – that is a huge benefit for a potential buyer – but  benefit that comes at a cost to them as well. Homes with metal roofs are inherently more valuable and if you’re looking to put your house on the market in the coming months, you should account for your roof in your home’s overall value.

Most studies have shown that on average- a metal roof can add up to about 65% of it’s cost to a home’s overall value. That’s nothing to sneeze at!

Dramatically reduced maintenance

As we pointed out above, one of the major benefits of having metal roof is that you won’t encounter many to any of the usual roof maintenance headaches you’d have using other roofing systems. Things like leaks, frying and other issues don’t happen with metal roofs. And that’s not just from a functionality standpoint, either. Metal roofs also can take a real beating and still maintain their stellar appearance.

Month to month

Metal roofs provide a sort of financial ripple effect throughout the rest of your budget – and that fact remains one of the reason they’ve become so popular. The area you’re likely to see the biggest difference is in your energy bill. Metal roofs seal much better, making it easier to keep both cold and warm air inside your home – meaning that your HVAC system won’t have to work nearly as hard to keep your home at the desired temperature. Less work, means less money.

 

Metal roofs are truly an investment. From their long-standing durability, reduced maintenance costs and month-to-month benefits that they provide, they’re certainly more than worth their steep cost up front. That money will soon be recouped.

To learn more about whether a metal roof is for you or to find out more about our systems, metal roof clips and other roofing products, feel free to give us a call today for a free consultation. Good luck!

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Roof maintenance in the Spring

Spring is – it appears – finally upon us! The cold air is moving out, the pleasant, warm air is moving in and finally it’ll be time to go outside.

And you know what going outside means – time for spring clean-up! While most pay attention to things like gutters, remaining leaves, etc. – your roof should also be considered a priority. During the winter months your roof can take a real beating – even a metal roof! Therefore, it’s important that for both functional and aesthetic reasons, that you do your due diligence and get your roof ready for the winter months.

Here are some tips in terms of what you should be doing. Let’s jump right in.

It can be dangerous

You should absolutely be aware that inspecting a roof can be dangerous. If you don’t have experience on a roof, it’s probably smart to hire a professional to do it. Clmbing ladders and standing on sloping surfaces can be risky business, so make sure you’re taking your safety into consideration.

Peaks and valleys

Be sure to always check the valleys in your roofting system. This is the place where water and detritus frequently pools and collects. As a result, it’s also where the most damage can occur – even in a metal roof system. Also be sure to check the areas around any pipes and chimneys. Any gaps, cracks or missing caulk should be noted immediately.

Check your trim

Checking the trim is easy to do and there’s actually a hack that can help you do it quickly without having to climb up a ladder 37 times in one afternoon. Use a set of binoculars and use them to examine the trim, flashing and the like – to look for any cracks, loose areas or wear. When you find them, simply note them and then take a trip up the ladder to take a closer look.

Check the inside

The last must-look place you should visit is your attic. Go along under your roof and look in to see if there’s any areas where there’s staining or discoloration. This means there could be a seam issue in your metal roof panel or that there’s some sort of leak. Leaks can be serious business so be sure to catch them early.

 

One of the advantages of having a metal roof is that you don’t have to worry about too much when it comes to maintenance – but that you should always do your due diligence and conduct a walk through at least once a year. If you notice your system having issues, call your local pro and get them to come check out the issue with you. Good luck!

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What metal roof panel is right for me?

There are literally dozens of metal roof varieties on the market and one of the main questions we get as people who sell metal roof clips and components is ‘how do I select the right panel for my home?’ That answer is usually discovered through going over a variety of criteria and circumstances – of which we’ll discuss today.

Here are a few of the things you need to take into consideration when looking for the right metal roof panel for your project. Let’s jump right in!

Slope

Slope is an important aspect as it will eliminate several types of panels almost immediately. The pitch is important because things like rain water, snow and ice all accumulate differently and how steep your pitch is will go a long ways towards determining what you need.

If it’s a low-slope roof, you’ll be happy to hear that you won’t have to pay quite as much money as a roof with a higher pitch. It’ll also require significantly fewer materials to build with – so you’ll get some material cost breaks as well.

Steep slope roofs are a little different story in that they’re more expensive, but are also a little more resistant to damage and the elements as it’s harder for snow and water to accumulate at a given point in time. Not only that, but the steeper pitches tend to be a bit more aesthetically pleasing as well.

Location and climate

Location is a huge factor in what kind of panel you’ll need to invest in. Not only will you have the challenges of the elements like the heat and salt water in the south or the rain and snow in the north – but you’ll also have to deal with an even wider range of regulation and permitting issues. Both can significantly impact the project.

Engineering

Depending on the size and structure of your home, it might not be able to withstand certain types of roof models as they might be too heavy or cumbersome. This is an area that will need true technical expertise. Make sure that during your project – an engineer has a say.

Other considerations

There are a few other things to keep in mind. Things like substrates or the materials your house is framed with – might not be capable with certain frames. The type of panel is also a concern – are you looking at something with standing seams or through-fastened? Even the Geometry of your home is something you’ll have to consider.

In any event – buying a new roof is a big commitment and as such, there’s a lot you’ll need to take into consideration. Hopefully these tips help get you a point to start from and if you need any guidance, feel free to give us a call!

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Dealing with extreme weather

For a while it looked like the US was going to escape the usually Hurricane-heavy season last fall, but as the waters began to warm, things took a dramatic change in the opposite direction.

In the past few years, our colleagues in the construction industry have begun to take a long, hard look at roof performance. Simply put, the increase in Hurricane activity will likely become the norm and we’ll have to do our best to help our customers be as ready as they possibly can be.

Here are a few of the observations we’ve made which we think can have a significant impact on your roof’s performance in extreme weather events. Let’s jump right in.

Code Compliance

While it’s really annoying and aggravating to be dealing with building codes, they’re there for a reason – and that’s to keep us all safe. Whenever you purchase a new roof – metal or not – make sure it’s code compliant down to the tee. Not only will it help you avoid getting in trouble with the town, but also it’ll keep you safe when you need it the most.

Airborne Debris

There’s kind of an old saying about roofs in extreme weather – and that’s that your roof is really only as safe as your neighbor’s roofs. Why? Because in hurricanes, tile roofs will blow off and they can do a ton of damage to roofs when materials from other roofs clatter into them. It’s hard to avoid this issue as you’ll make your decisions about your roof and your neighbors will make theirs. Just be conscious that you’re not only protecting against the elements in a hurricane. You’re protecting against other people’s decisions as well.

Metal really does work best

While other materials routinely bend, break and weaken – metal roofs are the only system that retains its weather resistance. They’re not 100% fail-proof because nothing is. But they consistently out-perform the competition every time. Even not all metal roofs are created the same – as aluminum roofing actually outperforms steel in coastal environments. But if you’re looking to go with the best possible protection – go with the metal roof.

If you live in an area that has to deal with hurricanes, we suggest one of the first things you do is get a roof inspection by a qualified contractor. There may be loose areas or other problem spots which – If not addressed now, can impact your performance during a storm. Stay safe and good luck, folks!

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