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What metal roof preventative maintenance looks like

Most metal roof owners know that the investment they made will last them a long time. Metal roofs have life spans as far out as 40-50 years. In fact, the chances are that with the right kind of maintenance, that you’ll have purchased the last roof you’ll ever spend money on. 

Ongoing, preventative maintenance is a must for homes with metal roofs. Whether it’s single-ply, modified, built up or straight-metal – having your roof maintained annually can allow you to get even more out of your investment. 

What’s involved with roof maintenance?

There’s a lot that goes into the maintenance of a roof and what kind of maintenance is performed depends on a variety of factors. Some of these include the age of the roof, leak history, system type, trees and other environmental factors around your building. When you call a service professional, you can expect some of the following tasks to be performed:

  • The inspection of the exterior walls, fascia and coping for any kind of staining, leaks or missing mortar
  • Inspection of ceiling and interior walls for any potential training 
  • Inspecting the edges of your roof for any signs of deterioration 
  • The resealing of fasteners and inspecting for any kind of rust that may be exacerbating leaks
  • The cleaning of gutters, downspouts and drains so that debris doesn’t backlog water and create the potential for increased damage. 

When you have your roof installed, one of the first things you do should be to establish some sort of preventative maintenance program that lasts the length of a roof’s life. They should include things like written documentation and photos so that you can keep track of the condition of the roof yourself and get out ahead of any repairs that might be needed. 

And finally – many manufacturers require some sort of maintenance in order to keep their roof warranty in place. This will allow you to make repairs without breaking the bank. Roofs – and particularly metal roofs – are one of the biggest expenses you’ll have as a homeowner, so it’s important that you take care of it!

If you’re interested in learning more about what kind of metal roof maintenance programs are out there, feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help point you in the right direction. Until then – good luck!

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Answering some common metal roof questions

We enjoy questions and answers around here, so this month – we’re going to do just that – and answer some of the best (and ok, maybe some of the funniest) metal roof questions we’ve had come up. While we mainly service contractors, we know that at the end of the day that our metal roof clips end up installed on your roof – so whenever we can – we like to be helpful. 

Here are some of the more interesting metal roof-related questions we’ve seen. Let’s jump right in. 

Do metal roofs rust?

The short answer is – yes and no. Aluminum does not rust. Steel can, but only on the edges. For the folks here in Florida, aluminum is always the way to go when choosing a metal roof just because of the ocean. The elements can play a serious role in the deterioration of steel roofs, so you’ll want to make sure you’re staying away from those. But if you can’t afford aluminum roofs, then consider having your steel roof covered with a protective coating with high zinc in it – as it’ll help dramatically reduce any rust and corrosion. 

Do metal roofs mess up my cell phone service? 

Ha! No. No, they do not. There are certain situations where already weak reception might become a little weaker with a metal roof, but in most cases you’re already fighting and uphill battle in that regard. Remember- your cell phone encounters buildings with metal roofs all the time, so don’t expect yours to be much different. That being said, if you’re really worried, then you might want to consider a signal booster just to be safe. 

Do metal roofs fade?

Some do, but that’s usually after years and years of wear. Sadly here in Florida, we’re a little bit more susceptible to that due to the extreme heat and ocean air. That being said, there are a ton of PVDF coatings out there that you can apply to them that will keep your roof looking beautiful for years – well past your time in your home. As long as you use the right kind of coating, you shouldn’t have to worry about fade. 

Are metal roofs loud when it rains?

Here in Florida – where we get random runs of wet weather and storms – we get asked a lot whether metal roofs make rain insanely loud or not and the truth is – that it doesn’t. With the way today’s insulation is built, most rain noise is totally or completely absorbed by the time it reaches the interior of the home. Sure – if the panel itself were just there and it were raining, it’d probably be louder than usual – but that’s few and far between. Simply put – you don’t have anything to worry about. 

Can I install my own metal roof?

No. You can’t. Yes – there are DIY tasks and chores you can perform, but the reality is that metal roofs are a significant investment on your part and why would you invest that much money to not have it done properly? All you’re doing is adding to the cost and adding to the expense. Leave any and all installations to the pros. 
Hopefully this blog shed some light on some lingering questions you may have

had. If you’re in the market for metal roof components or metal roof clips, give our team a call and we’ll be happy to help. Until then, good luck!

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The essential ingredients of a quality metal roof

When it’s time for you to invest into a new roof, you’re going to want to start by simply learning about what’s out there and what makes certain products better than others. If you’re leaning towards a metal roof, we have put together a quick list of key components that make for a high quality metal roof. 

So if you’re lost and aren’t sure where you need to start- today’s blog is for you. Let’s jump right in!

Quality finishes

Metal roof panels come in a variety of shades, colors and coatings and finding the right combination can make a big difference in the overall quality of your roof. Make sure that you’re looking at panels that don’t have to deal with things like staining, streaking or solar damage. Make sure that no matter what kind of panel you purchase – that the finish is of the highest quality you can find. 

Great warranties 

Look, we’re in this business and we don’t make any bones about it – metal roofs are a significant investment. And let’s face it – if you’re investing that kind of money into something, you expect to squeeze as much value as you can get out of it. Any good roof should come with not just a warranty; but rather a comprehensive warranty that covers a variety of things- from the installation workmanship, the product itself all the way to the integrity of the raw materials used in the product. Make sure you always review any warranties as part of the sales process. 

Self cleaning

For many, an investment in a metal roof means less having to worry about things like cleaning your roof all the time. Debris will slide off easier, snow melts more quickly and evenly – and things like tree leaves, pine needles and the like – don’t make your roof their permanent home. Make sure that any metal roof you choose is designed in a way and manner that the roof is as ‘valley free’ as possible. ‘Self-cleaning’ valleys will make sure all of that bad stuff doesn’t clog up your roof. 

Proper ventilation

Any competent metal roof system should have sound ventilation. This will significantly impact things like hot and cold temperature retention, month to month energy bills and a whole host of other issues (like mold, rot and the like). Especially if you’re making a jump TO metal roofs for the first time, it’s the perfect excuse to use the project to redo your home’s ventilation. 

Hopefully these tips will help you get a better handle on the kinds of things you should be looking for when it comes to the purchase of a metal roof. If you have any questions – feel free to give us a call. Until then, good luck!

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The ‘noisy roof’ – fact or fiction?

A question that comes up fairly frequently is whether or not metal roofs are noisy or not. Seems weird, right? Well, not necessarily. The short answer is ‘90% of the time, no they’re not’ but that’s not really the end of the answer, either. 

The perception about the idea of a ‘noisy roof’ comes from metal roofing on standing barns or sheds when it’s raining out. The truth is – that if the roof is installed correctly, then a metal roof should be no louder than a traditional asphalt shingle roof. 

That being said when it comes to secondary structures, these roofs aren’t always installed in the same way. Asphalt roofs usually have plywood, a sheathing layer, underlayment and then of course- the shingles; which are also accompanied with some sort of insulation. On secondary structures, that doesn’t always happen with metal roofs, thus the idea of the ‘noisy roof.’

So with that said, while the overwhelming majority of metal roofs aren’t noisy, a few are and if you’re one of the people in that boat, then you’ll probably want to alleviate that issue. Here are a few quick things that you can do to reduce the noise. 

Adding insulation

Insulation not only keeps heat in, but it can also serve as an acoustic barrier of sorts for your structure. So not only will you be able to reduce energy costs associated with your building, but you’ll also be able to isolate all the racket as well. 

Properly fastened panels

Proper installation is the key to reducing noise. Call a professional and have them come take a look at the roof. The first thing they’ll do is look at the metal roof clips and other fasteners, as that’s often where the issue lies. From there, they’ll be able to tighten them and make sure they’re not over or under-tightened. 

Roof replacement

While this is 100% not the answer you want to hear, it WILL help alleviate the noise. If your roof is excessively noisy – there may be a drastic installation flaw – which might mean it might not be fixable. Again – this is sort of the redline for these sorts of things, but if your roof was poorly installed, then the noise may end up being the least of your actual worries. 

Get an inspection

Above all else, call in a professional, who’ll be more than happy to help you. They’ll be able to identify your issues, if there are any and while it’s not always by the book, they might have some creative solutions in terms of alleviating noise that might not traditionally be brought up. However it goes, they’ll be able to put together a road map for getting your issue addressed. 

Hopefully, if you’re one of the few in the ‘noisy roof’ camp, this blog helped bring your problems into a clearer focus. If you need components for your next roofing job, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!

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Why you should get a roof inspection

With the new year quickly approaching, it’s time for us all to reflect back on what was a tough year – but also look forward to 2021 and what we hope to accomplish. For many of us, making some updates and upgrades to our homes might be front of mind and perhaps you’re even considering a new roof. 

If that’s what you’re planning on being in the cards for the new year, you might want to take the first step of getting a roof inspection done as soon as possible. This is important for a variety of reasons – reasons which we’ll discuss today. 

A roof inspection is the first, and one of the most important steps in the process of getting a new roof because, well – it might paint a different picture from your assumptions. It’ll give you everything you need to know – from the condition of your roof, to whether you need a new one or simply make repairs. Today, we’re going to discuss why these things are important and why this year is the year to get a roof inspection done if you haven’t already. Let’s jump right in!

Undiscovered damage

If you’ve got an older roof, there’s always bound to be some damage and wear and tear. These things aren’t made to last forever and your roof will take a beating because let’s face it – that’s its job!

That damage could exist even if you don’t see it with the naked eye. An inspector will check your roof and flashing to see if there’s any signs of water damage. And the chances are – if you can catch that damage before it enters your home – the better off you’ll be. 

Maybe its minor, instead of major

Sometimes we all get out over our skis and worry a little too much that something we own is in tougher shape than it really is. Sometimes, the damage is just minor. And an inspector will identify that issue and allow you to get out ahead of it. This is important though, because minor issues can become big problems if left unattended. Still, this will help acutely identify problems and allow you to address them in a more affordable manner. 

It actually makes insurance claims easier

Yeah, you actually read that right. A reporting from a roofing company with inspection findings with roofer recommendations can make the insurance claim process way easier. This report will include the condition of your roof and any repairs required as well as an estimated cost. It’ll give them everything they need to help come up with a more accurate determination of what you need. If they give you guff, you can also try to hire a public claims adjuster who can advocate for an enhanced claim for you. Either way – an inspection report can go a long way towards making your life easier. 

Hopefully this blog encourages you to go out and hire someone to inspect your roof. Trust us – it’s worth it! In the meantime, we hope that you and your loved ones have a happy, healthy and safe New Year’s. Good luck!

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Preparing for roof installation

So you’ve decided to get a new roof, you’ve interviewed and selected a contractor and you’ve secured your financing. Now all that’s left is to install the roof! But what happens now? 

Today, we’re going to talk about some of the preparations you need to make when your roof is set to be installed. There’s not a lot that you’re going to have to do – but there are a few things you can do to make sure everything goes according to plan. Here’s how you can prepare for your metal roof installation. Let’s jump right in!

Ask the contractor how you can be helpful

While roof installation of any type is going to be a 99% hands-off experience for you, there’s always the worry that perhaps the job won’t be done correctly or the feeling that you might be able to pitch in to make things a little easier on your contractor. 
If this is you, simply pick up your phone and ask your contractor what you can do to prep for their arrival. Maybe it’s moving the cars, clearing off your lawn, letting your neighbors know what’s coming… it could be a variety of things. Contractors don’t NEED you to do these things, but we’re sure there are some things you can do to help, so just ask!

Preparing your home

There isn’t a ton you’re going to need to do when it comes to your roof installation. You will however, want to make sure you remove wall decorations and fragile objects off of shelves upstairs. The walls will be shaking a bit from installers stomping around up on your roof, hammering in boards, shingles, panels and the like. In some cases – particularly in older houses – you might want to remove wall hangings downstairs as well. 

Also, be sure to make sure if there are plants or stationary decorations outside that they’re protected with tarps or coverings. There will be plenty of debris flying off the top of your home, so you’ll want to make sure those things are accounted for. 

In addition – let everyone not only in your home, but in your neighborhood that you’ll be installing a roof. It’s a loud, noisy process that can disturb children, pets and anyone sensitive to noises. Be sure to keep any pets or children out of the home during the installation as well. 

Preparing for roofers

Make sure your yard is clean and that every access to the point is open and easy to get to. Also be sure to let the contractors know whether you have pets so that they’re not leaving doors open and know to tread carefully in the event that your pets are a bit more aggressive. 

Hopefully these tips help take a little bit of edge off of the anxiety around the process. In the meantime, good luck with your new roof! You’ve chosen wisely!

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Need a new roof? Here’s your game plan

Choosing a new roof can seem like quite the process, and frankly – anything that you don’t do very often can seem overwhelming. Today, we’ve got a simple step-by-step plan that can walk you through the process. In doing things this way, you’ll have more confidence in your decision and just as important – in your investment. 

Our biggest word of advice is to follow the right steps to a decision yourself as opposed to having your contractor do it. Because if you’re going the contractor’s way, you will arrive at their decision. Not yours. 

Here’s the process and how everything works. 

What you need vs. what you want

Anything you do with a home should have this be the first thing you do. Whether it’s buying a home, remodeling a space, building an addition or even roofing – you need to process what you need vs. what you want in a roof. Stick as closely to the ‘need’ as possible. 

Choose your product. 

The next step is to find the kind of roofing material that you want to use. There’s all sorts of choices out there, and it really just comes down to what you want to spend. Metal roofs obviously will last longer and on the whole, are more cost-effective roofsl but they’re also pretty expensive up front. Slate and asphalt roofs are 100% fine, but they won’t have the lifespan of a metal roof.

Then it’s a matter of color, style and the like. There’s a lot of great manufacturers out there as well. Don’t be afraid to fall back on some builder’s associations for advice on what materials are best for your home. And speaking of which…

Make sure it works for your home

Not every product will work with every home. Make sure you send photos of your home to the manufacturer to make sure your product is suitable for your home. Don’t get stuck with a good product with the wrong application. Request the manufacturer’s input. No one will know better than them as to how to use their products. 

Get help finding a contractor

Ask your manufacturer for the names of contractors who not only have experience installing their products, but whom they trust and have observed as reliable and dependable. Most won’t have a problem pointing you in the direction of some good contractors in your area. 

Meet with the contractor

This one could be a blog unto itself; but the next step will be to finally meet with the contractor. Make sure you get an idea of the following:

  • Do they really take the time to understand your home?
  • Did they inspect your attic? Did they look for ventilation issues or anything else that might impact the health of your home?
  • Did they give you references? 
  • Did they walk you through the process?
  • What kind of financing options to they have?
  • What kind of certifications and training do they offer?
  • Do they take care of the busy work? Permits, etc? 

When you get those questions answered, it’ll help bring your decision as to whom to go with into clearer focus. Again, make sure you stick to the guns and make decisions on your terms, not theirs. 

Hopefully this plan will help make the process a little bit less overwhelming. Good luck!

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3 common metal roofing myths

While metal roofs are an increasingly popular option for home owners these days, the truth is – you certainly need to do your homework before purchasing one. There’s a lot of information to sift through – and sometimes with so much out there; it can get hard to decipher what’s fact from fiction. 

Today, we’re going to delve into, well – the fiction, if you will. Here are three common myths you’ll encounter about metal roofs and why they’re wrong. Let’s jump right in!

MYTH: Metal roofs are hot and don’t insulate houses like asphalt shingles do

TRUTH: Metal roofs actually do the opposite. In fact – in the winter they’ll keep your house warmer and in the summer they’ll do a better job of keeping it cooler. Metal roofs insulate temperatures better than asphalt roofs, which means whether it’s hot or it’s cold out – you’ll save money on your energy bills. 

How this works i – during the daytime – metal roofs reflect a lot of the solar radiation that gets absorbed by an asphalt roof; resulting in a more consistent temperature. So you won’t get a really hot roof during the day and a super cold roof at night. It stays mostly towards the middle. That means consistent temperatures and a home that’s much easier to heat and cool. 

MYTH: Metal roofs attract lightning

TRUTH: Look at almost any peer reviewed literature on the subject and they’ll all tell you that this is a bunch of hooey. In fact, even if your home does manage to get hit by lightning; the metal in the rof disperses the electricity more evenly and safely throughout the structure. 

See, when lightning hits, the big concern is so much the electricity, but rather the fire that said electricity creates. The good news is, that metal roofs are combustible and they’re most definitely not flammable; so just by that virtue alone, a metal roof affords you a superior option when severe weather is a concern. 

MYTH: Metal roofs are cost-prohibitive compared to asphalt roofs

TRUTH: This one is a bit more complicated. Yes, metal roofs are more expensive up front. They have been for some time, but it’s another example of ‘you get what you pay for.’ While an asphalt roof can last for 20 years, a metal roof can last twice that time or even more. What that means is – if you use an asphalt roof; you’ll have to expect to pay for a new one 2-3 times over the course of your life. That’s opposed to just once with a metal roof. 

The other bit of ‘emerging’ information regarding this is that with the global financial crisis, the push towards greener, more sustainable products and now even COVID-19, we’re seeing the cost of petroleum-based products go up. And asphalt shingles are petroleum-based. As such, the cost difference isn’t nearly as significant as it was a few years ago. 

Simply put – comparing apples to apples in this case, isn’t always easy. You need to look at all the costs associated: homeowner premiums, electrical costs and warranties. And when you do the math – it adds up in favor of a metal roof. 

 

Hopefully today’s blog will dispel some common myths around metal roofs and help your decision come into a little bit clearer focus. If you’re interested in metal roof clips and components for your home, give us a call today!

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How a roof adds to your home’s curb appeal

Whenever a real estate agent talks ‘curb appeal’ – one of the hottest topics is always the roof. In fact, one of the most commonly negotiated things in the purchase of a home is the roof – depending on if it’s old or not. 

Not only is it a sticking point in terms of the point of sale, it’s also a big addition (or subtraction) to the overall value of the home from a strictly aesthetic standpoint. Long story, short – if the roof looks good, the house is good – to buyers. 

Here are some things you can do to spiff up your roof and house to make it more appealing to potential buyers. Let’s jump right in!

Less is always more

Outdoor features like planters, gardens and those things should complement your house, not complete it. Roofs are the kinds of things that bring them together. If you’ve got a metal roof or any kind of staining, have someone come and scrub it. It’ll help bring some more life to the roof and give it that extra spit-shine that’ll help sell the house. 

Address maintenance issues

Whenever you put your home on the market, it’s good to hire an inspector to come in and let you know what you’ve got to sell. If you have issues in the home – address them; don’t hide them. That can get you into a good deal of trouble and when an outside inspector comes when you’re under contract – they’ll find the defect – and that can derail your deal. 

This holds especially true for your roof. If you have a metal roof – you shouldn’t really have any problems, but if there are a few dings here and there, get them fixed. The few hundred dollars it takes to fix them isn’t worth losing a deal on selling your home for a whole lot more money than that. 

Devil’s in the details

Believe it or not, your roof is a huge part of the overall color palette of your home, aesthetically speaking. When choosing a roof OR when choosing accents to compliment your home – keep the look and feel of your roof in mind. You’ll be surprised at how well it can pull many, smaller things all together to look great. 

If you’re on the other side

If you’re looking to purchase a home and install a new roof, there are some awesome tools you can use that are at your disposal online to play around with exterior improvements and what they’d look like on your home. You can play around with all sorts of styles and schemes, so be sure to check them out. 

Buying and selling a home is an exciting process, but we’re well aware that it’s a stressful time, too! Hopefully these tips help take the edge off. If you’re thinking about installing a metal roof or would like guidance on parts and panels that you can use for repairs – give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Good luck!

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Common metal roof maintenance tasks

So chances are if you’re the proud owner of a metal roof you don’t really want to be reading this because part of the reason you bought a metal roof to begin with was so you didn’t have to perform as much maintenance on it! We get it, we really do; but sadly yes – metal roofs do need some touching up now and then. 

Here are a few (minor) things that you can do that will not only keep your roof looking great, but have a big impact on the overall longevity of your roof as well. Let’s jump right in!

Stains

Metal roofs come with a high quality, resin-based finish which naturally makes them resistant to staining. That being said – depending on where you live – that finish can take a real beating. And sometimes you’ll see some signs of dirt, mildew and other stains develop over time. 

Lucky for you – these are super easy to remove and won’t leave any kind of lasting damage on your roof. Just use a sponge or soft-bristle brush. Dunk it in a warm water/mild dish soap solution and wham-o, you’ll be able to take care of those stains in no-time. The only warning we’d have is to just make sure you steer clear of any materials that could damage the roof’s coating. When you’re at the hardware store, just ask an attendant what you can use and you’ll be good to go. 

Gutters

When you own a metal roof, cleaning out your gutters is one of the most important things you can do in order to maintain your roof’s longevity. Try to clean out your gutters on an annual/semi-annual basis, making sure that excess leaves and other debris are free of the gutters, themselves. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any cracks in the gutters or that it’s not pulling away from the roof anywhere. Especially if you’re in an area where there’s colder weather, this can prevent things like ice dams from forming and prevents any potential warping at the edges of your roof.

Standing water

Standing water isn’t usually too much of an issue when it comes to metal roofs, but it’s something to be aware of. Most of the time when it is – it just comes down to the pitch of your roof. Try to not let water sit for too long. Even with metal roofs, enough water can become a big problem and could breed mold or mildew over time. So if you’ve got a roof with a lower grade and pitch, just be on the lookout for it. 

If you want to learn more about how to properly maintain your metal roof or purchase replacement parts, be sure to give us a call today. Good luck!

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