DIY Metal Roofing: Should You Really Try It Yourself?

Especially in our currently struggling economy, Americans are looking for any way to save money. For many homeowners, that means attempting to save money on maintenance and building costs by doing the job yourself. Unfortunately, that isn’t always a good idea, especially if you are wanting to install a metal roof. Here are some reasons you should leave the job to the professionals.

Inadequate installation could lead to more costs, not less.

If your metal roof isn’t installed properly, it won’t be durable enough to stand up to storm damage. Sometimes a poorly installed metal roof requires replacement almost immediately. There are more than 15 types of components that make up a metal roof. Miss one of those steps, and your roof is a waste of time and money.

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The Best Flat Roofing Materials

While flat roofs are becoming more popular among homeowners, they have long been preferred for industrial buildings. A flat roof gives you a place to put rooftop AC units and other building elements. A flat roof is also easier to access for maintenance on these systems.

But what material is used for flat roofs? You might think that shingles are inappropriate, but they are one of your more affordable options. However, there are many more durable and easier to maintain options.

PVC Membrane

This is the most commonly used roofing material for flat industrial roofs. It is durable, lasting up to 30 years, with little to no maintenance required. PVC membranes are also lighter weight and more flexible, making it useful for complex applications.

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Commercial Roof Vs. Residential Roof: How Are They Different?

Even though you might be able to find a roofer that does both, there are very big differences between commercial roofing and residential roofing. Depending on which service you need, it is important to make sure that you hire a contractor with a clear understanding of the differences in pitch, materials, and installation. Here’s what you need to know.

Differences in Pitch

Homes are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, not just functional. That’s one reason why they require so much regular maintenance. Because homes come in so many different shapes and sizes, so too do roofs. Most residential roofs are very steep, while commercial roofs are mostly flat or very nearly so. Commercial roofs need to be flat to accommodate equipment and the like.

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What to Look for in a Roofing Company

There are a lot of people out there taking advantage of homeowners. You hear all the time about seniors and other homeowners being scammed when they try to procure specialized services for their home. Out of all the professions—plumbers, electricians, remodelers, and more—the most common service to be used for fraud is roofing.

Roofing is good for scammers because you aren’t likely to climb up on your roof to see if the job was done right. It’s also routinely expensive work, one of the most expensive maintenance costs you’ll ever have on your home. So how do you avoid these scammers? By using these items to look for a legitimate roofing company.

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Causes of Commercial Roof Leaks

Commercial roof leaks are much more complex than residential roofing. While damage can certainly cause leaking in commercial roofs as well, there could be some other causes of frequent roof leaks on your commercial property. Here are some of the most common causes of roof leaks on commercial buildings.

Poor or no drainage

When your commercial roof was first installed, the contractors should have considered adequate drainage of the roof. Your roof is going to get a lot of water, especially during the rainy season. To eliminate leaks and expensive repairs, drainage systems must be installed. If your original contractor didn’t do their job properly or if the drain has become worn or damaged, it could cause leaks.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Roofer

If you only own one or two commercial properties, you probably didn’t know what you were getting yourself into until long after the fact. Owning a commercial property means that, regardless of whether it is you or tenants occupying the space, you are responsible for all maintenance and upkeep. There is a lot more to that with a commercial property than with a residential home.

Commercial roofing experience

Because your commercial property has unique needs, you need to make sure you are hiring a roofing contractor that has extensive commercial experience. You should also choose a roofing company that makes sure their roofers are properly trained specifically in commercial properties.

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The Important Role Your Roof Plays in Your Family’s Safety

You know your roof protects your home from the elements and adds aesthetic value to your home, but do you really understand the role your roof plays in your family’s safety and comfort? In fact, your roof plays two important roles beyond protecting your home from water and storm damage.

Protecting your family from critters

Having a cat is a great way to keep small critters cleaned out of your home, but if you don’t have one available, your roof can be a great barrier to stop them from getting in to begin with. A well installed and sealed roof will take away access points for mice, squirrels, and even birds. 

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Hurricane Season Is Here: Have a Roofer on Standby

With the recent landfall of two hurricanes, the reality of hurricane season has hit everyone, and preparations are being made that were ignored or procrastinated in the past. But how prepared are you for a hurricane, really? Chances are, you are prepared for the event itself, but not the aftermath.

It is important to be prepared for any of the potential damage that can occur as a result of hurricanes and tropical storms. This includes having a water mitigation company, trusted contractor, and roofer.

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How to Be Prepared for Roof Storm Damage

Seasoned Floridians know that they can expect severe storms, high winds, and hurricanes for the next several months, but newer Florida residents may not realize just how important it is to be prepared for storm damage. While you might install hurricane shutters or screens to protect your home from flying objects, it is important to be prepared to also protect your family from hazards from above.

Check your insurance coverage, inventories, and policy restrictions

Some homeowners’ insurance policies specifically exclude certain types of storm damage. You need to make sure that any roof damage will be covered by your policy, as well as any interior damage to the home that results from the open roof. If you’re not sure what your policy covers, check with your agent. You also need to make sure that your home inventories are up to date in case items are damaged by the open roof. Know where your policy is located and keep it in a fireproof and waterproof box or safe.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Make Roof Repairs

Did you use a “quick fix” to stop some roof leaks? If so, you need to take action quickly to get your roof repaired. You really shouldn’t put off roof repairs at any time of year, but especially not at this time of the year. If you have had evidence of leaks in your ceiling, you need to contact us right away for roof inspection and repair. Here are some reasons not to wait.

Timing is everything

If you’re new to Florida, you might not realize how the seasons run here. From June to the end of November, there is endless potential for rains, and it is also hurricane season. Although there is not necessarily a severely damaging hurricane every year, severe storms do happen, and sometimes without much warning. If you don’t get your roof repaired now, you are certain to have big problems later.

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