Category Archives: Uncategorized

All about metal roofs in coastal communities

Homes down here in Tampa, Florida and other coastal communities are wonderful – it’s great weather, the beach is right there and there’s almost always something to do. However, homes in this area also get a ring side seat for quite literally everything that Mother Nature is ready to throw at us. 

As such, a lot of homeowners have decided to install metal roofs on their homes – as it’s better able to deal with the extreme sunshine, salt, high winds and general beating that homes take in these environments. That being said – metal roofs in coastal areas need a little bit of extra care. Not keeping a proper eye on them can significantly reduce their life span – which often defeats the purpose of purchasing the home to begin with. 

Here are some things you should know if you’re considering a metal roof for your coastal home. Let’s jump right in!

Salt and metal roofing

At first, it might seem like metal roofs would be a poor fit when it comes to sea salt. And to an extent there’s some truth to that. If your roof isn’t properly treated, it can rust and warp in those kinds of conditions. A nasty cocktail of moisture and salt can corrode steel and most other metals, in fact. In fact, they corrode 10 times as fast than in other areas of the country. 

On the flip side – aluminum roofing – has NONE of those issues. Aluminum is an all-around more ‘seaworthy’ metal and is more rust-resistant and salt resistant than other forms of metal. So if you’re looking to invest in a metal roof in a coastal community – go with aluminum.

Why aluminum

The real key to aluminum roofs vs. coastal weather comes from its powder coating. This not only resits salt and moisture, but it also prevents your metal panels from fading and becoming discolored. In addition, they come with a variety of styles and choices to pick from – including standing seam metal roofs, aluminum shingles and the like. 

The other big factor to consider? Aluminum roofing is more cost-effective to install, taking about half as much time and investment as more traditional steel roofing systems. This  means you get the durability and value-add of a traditional metal roof without the hassle and a less disruptive project. 

So are metal roofs still a reasonable investment if you live in a coastal community? Yes – so long as you choose the right material for the job! If you’ve got questions about aluminum roofs and you are looking for some guidance – feel free to give us a call today! Until then – we hope you found today’s blog helpful and good luck!

Share Button

Why now is the best time to get your metal roof inspected

Right now, the weather is heating up, the sun’s out and everything comes back to life. Days are longer and we’re looking forward to what should be a fun summer! That being said, now is a great time to take care of a lot of the home maintenance we might have been putting on the back burner the past few months, particularly making sure your metal roof is in good, working order. 

In fact, right now is the best time of year to get your roof inspected. Today, we’re going to cover some of the things you can do to stay on top of your room and make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Let’s jump right in!

Visual inspections

There’s lots you can do on your own to make sure your roof is where it needs to be. One of the easiest things to do is inspect it from the ground. Keep your eyes peeled for debris and missing shingles. You might even notice some signs of wear and tear from the ground.

Also, check your attic to make sure there’s no leaks, or areas where there might be some signs of decay and wear. In addition, be sure to keep your nose peeled for any musty or unusual odors as it could indicate you don’t have proper ventilation. Your attic can offer a lot of clues as to your roof’s condition, so be sure to check it out. 

Clean and repair your gutters

Even here in the Tampa, FL area, there can be a lot of buildup that ends up on a roof that can cause problems later. Particularly with regards to your gutters. Make sure your gutters are inspected at least twice a year and that they’re clear of any leaves. Branches and other miscellaneous detritus that may have built up. Even with metal roofs, buildup from gutters are capable of causing a myriad of issues. 

Check and repair loose flashing/metal strips

Metal roofs are remarkably resistant, but the flashing can be an issue from time to time. Make sure it’s secure and that if there are any loose connections or strips of metal, that they’re repaired as soon as possible. Check around your chimney, vents, solar panels or skylights. If anything is cracked – you’ll want to make sure these areas of your roof are resealed. 

Get your roof cleaned

Metal roofs generally stay cleaner – it’s a huge advantage to having them; however a once a year, annual clean is always a good idea. Not just from the debris, but especially here in the Largo, FL area – you’ll see a lot of salt in the air. Getting a good clean will only benefit the roof long-term. 

Hopefully you found today’s blog helpful. If you’re looking for metal roof clips or any other accessories, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Until then – good luck!

Share Button

Yes, the color of your roof matters

When it comes to installing a roof, there’s a lot to think about and grapple with. What model will you use? What’s your budget? Which contractor will you choose? These are the common questions. But one of the more fun things you’ll have to think about is what color you want your roof to be.

And, uh – yeah – this actually a pretty important question to ask! Your roof is a colossal part of your home’s aesthetic and curb appeal. If it looks bad, it can impact the value of your home. So today, we’re going to unpack how you can choose the right color for your new, metal roof. Let’s jump right in. 

Lots to choose from

There’s a lot more to choose from than your traditional shades of black, brown and gray. There’s a broad palette of colors you can coordinate to really help your home stand out from your neighbor’s in a good way! There’s plenty of online tools that you can use to play around with color schemes. Who knows – you might find something that gives you some inspiration. Paint companies like Behr, Sherwin Williams and Valspar have great sites to use and you never know – one change might inspire you to change the color of something else in your home as well. 

The hue for you

This might sound crazy – but the color of your roof can impact its energy efficiency. Modern metal roofing coatings are far more advanced than they used to be and many coatings come with reflective pigments, so even dark colors can meet energy standards. However, even with the improvement in technology, lighter colors STILL find a way to outperform the darker ones.

Saving some money

How significant can these savings thanks to the color of your roof be? Some studies suggest a highly reflective roof (provided it has proper attic ventilation and thermal breaks) can actually reduce your energy costs by 20%. That’s a lot of takeout, folks. And when you add it up over time, it can be the cost of a substantial chunk of your roof’s overall cost. 

So as you can see – choosing a color isn’t such an easy decision after all! So take your time, think about what you want, need and make the best decision for you. Also feel free to consult your contractor. Most will have online visualizers that can help you see what the end product will look like, so don’t hesitate to ask. And as always, if you’re looking for metal roof clips for your next big roofing project – give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Until then – good luck!

Share Button

The benefits of metal roofs in coastal climates

With climate change being a real thing, hurricane season is getting longer and longer and more people here in the Tampa area are considering metal roofs as an option for their home. One of the reasons metal roofs are so popular in coastal areas is because of its strength, durability and ability to withstand the harsh heat and climate. 

If you’re in a coastal area and you’re wondering whether metal roofs are for you – we have some reasons for you to consider taking the plunge and making the investment. Let’s jump right in!

Metal roof is better than asphalt at withstanding damage

Metal roofs originally got popular in the northeast – as they were a great deterrent against the high volume of snow and ice those reasons get. But in addition to their ability to withstand the cold, they were equally capable at defending homes against wind. 

And wind and hail are something you’ll find that most warm weather states have to deal with. Across the board, the asphalt shingles are outperformed by Metal Roofs when it comes to protecting against weather-related damage. Metal roofs have a class-4 rating against both hail and wind, making them an appealing option for folks living in the Tampa area. 

Particularly when it comes to dealing with high winds with hurricanes, metal roofs are particularly effective. Metal roofs can withstand gusts up to 180mph and sustained 140mph winds when they’re installed correctly. 

A lifetime investment

The reality is that an investment in a metal roof is going to be the last investment you’ll likely ever have to make in a roof again. Even in spite of hurricanes, salt from the ocean, hail from tropical storms and the like – Metal roofs last over 50 years on average. So outside of the occasional touch up – you won’t have to worry about extensive maintenance and replacement bills. 

Hidden benefits

In addition to the extra protection and long-term durability, there’s a lot of hidden benefits in a metal roof as well. For starters, metal roofs insulate homes well – and while that means warmer homes in the winter up north; for us southern coastals, that means cooler, more energy efficient homes in the warm weather. That’s less money flying out the door in your monthly utility bills. In many ways, metal roofs can end up almost paying for themselves when it comes to savings. 

Hopefully these tips will make you think a little bit more intently about the benefits of adding a metal roof to your home. If you’re in the market for metal roof clips or other metal roof components, feel free to give us a call today! Until then – good luck!

Share Button

The hidden benefits of a new roof

Replacing a roof isn’t cheap, but when the return is greater than the investment, it can really take the stress out of the decision. Whether you’re in the position to sell your home or simply just want to upgrade it, a new roof is a great way to increase your home’s value as well as its energy efficiency. 

While many people know the obvious benefits of a new roof, today’s blog is going to be about some of the under-the-radar, secret benefits of putting a new lid on your home. Let’s jump right in!

Improved energy efficiency

Metal roofs have come a long way in the past 15 years even, so much so that installing one can save significant money month to month when it comes to heating bills. Metal roofs maintain temperature far better than normal roofs do. That means a warmer home in the winter and a cooler home in the summer – just the way you want it. Overall, that just means a more balanced, more comfortable environment in your home. 

Safety enhancements

As roofs get older, they become less effective at protecting the inside and outside of your home. Interiors can become more susceptible to damage from things like ice, snow and rain seeping inside. That can lead to structural issues or even mold in tough to get to places. A metal roof will help reduce the risks of things like this happening – keeping moisture at bay in the event of a severe storm. 

Even on the exterior, things like hale and high winds can tear shingles off your home and greatly increase the chances of roof failure. Metal roofs eliminate this threat almost entirely and help to full proof your home vs extreme weather events. This will give you the peace of mind you should have, knowing that no matter how insane the weather might get, that you’ll be protected. 

Higher than average ROI

A new metal roof will increase the value of your home significantly – and according to studies, the average asking price of a home can increase almost $12,000 immediately. This makes roofs one of the highest returns on investment you’ll get from any home improvement project. In addition, the new look will significantly boost your home’s curb appeal, making it a more attractive option to potential buyers. 

We hope today’s blog helped bring your decision as to whether you should replace your roof or not come into a little bit clearer focus. If you’re interested in metal roof clips or any kind of metal roof components for your next project, then give us a call today. Until then, good luck!

Share Button

Metal roofing advice for 2022

As we roll into 2022, folks are starting to plan out what’s to come – and for many – that includes home improvement projects. If you own a metal roof, today’s blog is for you. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the things you might want to consider for your roof in 2022 and ponder a few things to grapple with in the new year. Let’s jump right in!

Investing in a roof inspection

Metal roofs are built tough and made to last, but that doesn’t mean they come without any maintenance headaches whatsoever. There’s never NOT a good time to get your roof inspected as you’ll be able to identify any potential problem areas before they become outright issues. While this will cost you a little bit out of pocket, it will save you a boat load when compared to the idea of having to deal with a significant structural issue. Getting your roof inspected at least once a year is always a good place to start. 

Keeping your roof clean

Keeping your roof clean is really important – especially if the roof isn’t made out of metal. Detritus, leaves and branches can build up, causing water to pool up and even depending on where you’re living in the world – freeze and cause ice damage. In addition, it’s important to clean out your gutters. Gutters help with your roof’s overall capacity to handle water drainage, so making sure they’re clean and unobstructed at least once a year is generally a great investment to make. 

Invest in repairs and metal roof accessories early

If you do identify an issue, try to get it repaired as soon as possible. The longer you let issues linger, the more likely they are to become significant money pits. When you catch these issues early, this can help mitigate damage and hopefully save you a substantial chunk of change. While some issues might seem minor, you’d be surprised at how quickly something like a leak can become a major structural issue. 

Hopefully these tips give you some ideas on a few of the things that you can consider for your roof in 2022. If you need help or guidance – or need a place to purchase new metal roof accessories, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help you. Until then – good luck and happy new year!

Share Button

What kind of metal roof clip is right for your project?

Metal roof clips are metal roof accessories that are anchored to the substrate of a building’s roof and hold each panel to the structure. There are several kinds of clip systems out there and today, we’re going to talk about three of the most frequently used systems. 

Which one is best for you? Well that will depend on a lot of factors – including your building, budget and other needs – but the goal of today’s blog is to help give you the basics so you can make the best decision for whatever your specific situation is. Let’s jump right in!

Fixed clips

Fixed clips work best for panels that are less than 30 feet in length. They’re called ‘fixed’ clips because they become ‘fixed’ once installed. The clip itself is attached to the leg of the panel and gets fastened directly to the deck of the roof below. Once it’s in place, it won’t move around when the panel expands and contracts in elements. All in all, they’re the ideal solution for folks on a budget looking to economize their project.

Slider clips

The biggest benefit for slider clips is that they allow for thermal expansion and contraction; known for the ‘sliding’ component of the clips, themselves. The other big benefit is that you can use them with panels of any size, making them one of the most versatile clip systems on the market.

Floating clips 

To put it succinctly –  floating clips are a hybrid form of slider clips that are used on an ‘as necessary’ basis. What they do is ‘float’ or simply rise a little bit when panels expand or contract due to temperature change. Like fixed and slider clips, they’re still attached to the building substrate, but they simply allow for more movement for metal panels. 

Which is the best?

Like we said above – choosing the right system depends on many factors. Temperature fluctuation is a big one as places like New England where you see dramatic temperature fluctuations could make slier or floating systems a better option. Style, design and your budget are also hugely important things that will factor into your decision. 

The best thing to do as always – is to consult a professional. If you’re looking for the right metal roof accessories for your home or building, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help you however we can. Until then, we hope you found today’s blog helpful and we’ll look forward to hearing from you soon!

Share Button

The five most important questions to ask a roofing contractor

Inevitably, you’ll have to replace your roof at some point. When that time comes, you’ll have some important decisions to make. Not just what kind of materials to use – but more important- who will be installing the roof for you. 

Your home is your most significant investment and as such – you don’t want someone to come in who doesn’t know what they’re doing and make an expensive mess of things. Today, we’re going to discuss a few of the things you should ask a roof contractor before you sign on the dotted line. Let’s jump right in!

Are you a licensed contractor?

In our business, being credentialed is important. Do they have the proper licenses to practice in your state? Construction of any kind is a government-regulated profession as as such, contractors have to prove they’re qualified to perform their trade. Having that license will let you know that at the most basic – that they’re qualified to install a roof on your home. 

Do they have the necessary insurance?

The home improvement business isn’t always a straight-forward one and as such – things can go wrong, very wrong, in fact. And many times – that’s due to the fault of no one. Workers can get hurt, contractors can uncover otherwise hidden and undetectable messes and the like. So what happens, then? Who’s liable? What are you at risk for?

That’s where insurance comes in. All contractors should have – at minimum – workers comp insurance and general liability. This will ensure you that you won’t be held liable for any accidents that might happen either to the people working on your home or any damage that occurs to your property. 

Do you have references?

The best way to find out what you need to know about contractors is to talk to references. These are people who have worked with a contractor, experienced how they go about their business and are living with the final product. Want to know the real scoop? Ask for those references and give them a call! If a contractor doesn’t have those references, then it might be someone you pass on doing business with. 

Do you use subcontractors?

A lot of contractors don’t perform all of a particular job on their own. They may have others they’ll call in to do specific tasks pertaining to your project. Make sure you’re clear about how they pay their subcontractors, too. If they don’t pay their people, you can sometimes get swept up in the drama and be at legal risk. So make sure you dot your i’s and cross your t’s!

How do you like to get paid?

Every contractor is different – but payment plans are important and it’s crucial that you have that agreement in place, on paper and signed off on before any work is done to your home. Talk to your contractor about payment options and choose the one that fits the best with your needs. 

These are the important questions to ask a contractor. Hopefully, these will help get your project off to the best possible start. Good luck!

Share Button

Taking care of your roof in the fall

Metal roofs provide protection, durability and above all else – serve as a long term solution to protecting your home to the elements. That being said – while they’re great value propositions and long-term deterrents, they’re also like anything else you own – and over time you need to maintain them.

Now we’re not talking full-on panel replacement and the like – we’re talking the little things. Small, maintenance, touch-up things you can do that don’t seem like a big deal up front – but really are. Here are some things you can do in the fall to help take care of your metal roof. Let’s jump right in!

Taking a seat

Metal roofs are a good deal thinner than wooden roofs and while you don’t have to worry about some soft areas and crashing through your roof, you do need to be mindful that standing on a centralized part of your panel while maintaining it can cause a dent – especially in places like here in Florida where hot air can expand the elasticity of metal. Just make sure that anything you do up on your roof is done so sitting down!

Cleaning off debris

While we don’t get traditional fall seasons here in Florida, we do have the fun of experiencing hurricane season and with all the wind that whips around, debris makes its way up onto the roof an inevitably settles itself in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Be sure to clean those out as well as any debris living in your gutters and drains. This is important because while you won’t have to worry about leaks per se- you will have to worry about mold and fungus growing – which is good for nobody. 

Check your screws and sealants

Be sure to tighten any screws on your roof, inspect your metal roof clips, examine your sealant and adjust, tweak, twist and turn as necessary. Also be sure to patch up any areas where paint is wearing thin. Especially here in Florida, the sun can do a number on your roof, so just be aware. 

Call in professionals 
And obviously if you do find any kind of damage – call in a pro. Don’t do it yourself. If you don’t have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?

Hopefully today’s blog gave you a decent ‘to-do’ list to get done this fall. Obviously if you need any components or fasteners, give us a call here at Precision Fasteners and we’ll be happy to help. Until then, good luck!

Share Button

What to consider when installing metal roof accessories

Metal roofs can last up to 60 years and are a great investment for homeowners in the right situation. That being said, if the roof or the accessories used to build the roof are constructed poorly, it can lead to meaningful, lasting damage to your home. That’s why it’s important to know what to take into consideration when purchasing metal roof accessories. 

Today’s, we’re going to talk about what some of those considerations are, why they’re important and what you need to know. Let’s jump right in.

Type of construction

One of the more important aspects of figuring out what kinds of accessories to purchase is the actual construction and constitution of the roof itself. The fasteners that get used in an installation will vary depending on the material that the panels and trim are attached to – whether that’s framing itself or plywood sheeting.

Geometry of the roof

The actual layout of the roof itself will also go a long way towards choosing the right kinds of accessories. Examine your roof and be conscious of the symmetry and protrusions. If you have a chimney, skylight or other roofing feature, you’ll need to consider flashing in order to prevent leaks. 

Pitch and slope

Like we mentioned above, the contours of your roof are important. Each panel profile channels water differently, so it’s important to take that into consideration as the slope and pitch of your roof will play a significant factor in choosing what kinds of panels to use. Likewise, the recommended trim and accessories will be dictated by the kind of panel you choose. 

When it comes to installing the panels themselves, it’s really important that you hire a professional to do the work. Whenever you penetrate the roof, you’re potentially compromising its ability to perform its job and making sure you have a pro handy is important so you don’t cause any kind of meaningful damage. Even worse – damaging your roof on your own can compromise your warranty – which could cause some real trouble in the event of an emergency. 

We offer metal roof clips, trim and fasteners that can help make your metal roof project run more smoothly. To learn more, give us a call today. Until then, good luck on your project!

Share Button