Benefits of a Metal Roof

Is a metal roof the best choice for your home? Many homeowners are surprised by how many roofing options they have to choose from when building or renovating their property. It may be confusing or overwhelming to consider each roofing material’s pros and cons to find the best fit. 

Let’s take a look at the benefits of a metal roof so that you can make an informed decision on the roofing needs for your own home. 

What Is a Metal Roof?

A metal roof system uses structured metal paneling on low slope and steep slope roof styles. Material choices for metal roofing include aluminum, copper, zinc, steel, and tin. You can select metal in many different types, including those that resemble shingles, tiles, shakes, or vertical paneling. 

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Flat Roof Vs. Tile Roof: Which Is Better?

Every roofing material has its benefits and drawbacks. It’s to understand each type of roofing’s unique differences before selecting the best choice for your property. If you’re debating between a flat roof or a tile roof, here’s what you should know. 

What Is a Tile Roof?

A tile roof is traditionally made from slate or fired clay or terracotta products. However, it’s now common to modernize the tile roof concept with molded, tinted concrete instead. Roofing tiles come in many different shapes and sizes, so they’re easy to customize to your exact wishes: curved, flat, flute, and interlocking. 

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Can You Add More Than One Layer to a Flat Roof?

If your roof is having problems, you have two options: rip off your existing roof and install a new one or lay your new roof down on top of your old roof. In some cases, it’s best to add another layer to your flat roof, but not always. Here’s what you should know. 

What Is a Flat Roof?

A flat roof actually isn’t entirely flat, but it’s close. A “flat roof” is installed on a very subtle angle so that it appears flat but actually contains a slight slope. This slope allows rainwater to drain off the roof. It is for this reason that a flat roof is also often known as a low-slope roof. 

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How Does Construction Differ with a Flat Roof?

How much thought do you give to the roof over your head? Probably not much, but the roof used to build your home influences how it handles rain water, snow, wind, and many other outside factors. Make sure you understand how construction differs with a flat roof so that you can make the best informed decision. 

What Is a Flat Roof?

A flat roof actually isn’t entirely flat, but it’s close. A “flat roof” is installed on a very subtle angle so that it appears flat but actually contains a slight slope. This slope allows rainwater to drain off the roof. It is for this reason that a flat roof is also often known as a low-slope roof. 

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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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