Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Spring Renovations: Metal Roofing

Spring is the time many homeowners begin to consider all of the renovations that they hope to accomplish during the warm summer months.  If you are thinking about a new roof consider metal roofing.  In this installment on roofing for your home we will look into the advantages and disadvantages of metal roofing.   
There are so many ways that metal roofing outweighs other conventional roofing materials from the expected life expectancy to fire resistance.
  • Life Expectancy: When metal roofing is installed correctly by a professional roofing contractor should last as long as the house does.  Metal roofing installed properly seals out the water and endures high winds that other conventional roofing fails to do.  Metal roofing is also resistant to mildew, mold, fire, rot and insect infestation.  Most metal roofing suppliers will warranty their product for anywhere between twenty to fifty years.  The paint finish on a metal roof is most often under warranty for upwards of thirty years.
  • Weight: The weight of a metal roof ranges between fifty to one hundred and fifty pounds per square foot. It is possible that your metal roof can be installed right over your old shingle roof without the roofing material being taken off or additional support being added.
  • Installation: Metal roofing comes in multiple shingle sections or as large wide panels which make for easy installation by professional roofing contractors.  The process of installing a metal roof usually takes about two days less than it takes to install other conventional roofing materials.
  • Fire Resistance: Metal roofing has a class A fire resistance rating because metal is a non-combustible material. 
  • Conduction: Metal reflects heat from the sun minimizing the amount of heat that enters or exits the house. Metal roofing is perfect for cooling the house in the summer while keeping heat in during the winter.
  • Roof Pitch: Even roofs with the slightest roof pitch can be installed with metal roofing and still not present a potential for leaking.  The minimum pitch should be three inches of rise per twelve horizontal inches.
  • Maximum Shedding: Metal roofing is designed to interlock which makes it resistant to rain and snow accumulation.  The hard, slippery surface allows the snow and rain to gently flow off the surface.
The drawbacks of metal roofing hardly outweigh the benefits but should be considered before investing in a new roof.  It is important to look into drawbacks such as cost, noise, denting and care. 
Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.

Asphalt Verse Metal: Which Is Better For Your Homes Roof

There are a number of materials available for homeowners to use when installing a new roof.  From asphalt to synthetic there are a number of reasons for choosing one roofing material over another.  In this installment on roofing we will explore a number of universal materials that are popular within the industry along with the pros and cons of installation. 

Asphalt Shingling  

Asphalt is the most commonly used material in roofing.  Roofing contractors choose asphalt shingles more often over other types of materials in new roof installation for a number of reasons.  Roofing contractors prefer asphalt shingles mainly because they are economical and easy to install.

Pros:  Asphalt shingles are available in a number of colors to choose from.  They are a widely available material that is inexpensive, easy to install and repair.

Cons: One of the disadvantages with using asphalt shingles is that they often have a shorter lifespan then other roofing counterparts.  The lifespan of asphalt shingles can range from ten years to twenty five years before it is necessary to consider replacement. 

Home Styles:  Another major advantage of asphalt shingles is that they are appropriate to use on many different architectural home styles. 

Cost and Life Span:  Asphalt shingling is one of the least expensive materials to install in roofing ranging from seventy to one hundred and twenty square feet.  With proper installation and maintained properly asphalt shingle roofs can last up to twenty five years.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is the second most popular roofing material due to its life expectancy and durability.  Roofs constructed using metal is more tolerant of extreme weather conditions.  Roofs made out of metal come in either panels or shingles.  They are made from metals such as aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc. 

Pros: Metal roofing stands the test of time.  It is outlasts both asphalt shingling and wood while offering high solar reflective qualities. 

Cons: The biggest thing metal roofing has going against it happens to be its cost.  Metal roofing can be more than double the cost of asphalt.

Cost and Life Span:  Metal roofing between one hundred and three hundred dollars per square foot although some styles have been known to cost upwards of eight hundred bucks per square foot.  The best thing about installing a metal roof is that they can last upwards of forty to seventy five years.

There are many types of materials to choose from in roofing however asphalt and metal are the most common materials seen on homes in the north. 

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at http://www.homeproroofingmi.com today.