If it’s time to replace the roof on your home and you’re considering buying metal roofing, it is important to do your research and weigh the pros and cons of metal versus other more conventional roofing materials, such as tile, wood and asphalt. Here, we consider the various benefits and downsides of metal roofing, such as aluminum, steel, and other metals.
Metal roofs are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they are incredibly durable and last for decades, sometimes up to 40 to 70 years, if cared for properly. They’re weather resistant, easy to install, and very energy efficient, making them a great choice for a variety of homes. Metal roofs are also able to reflect the heat from the sun well, which means that they can minimize any heat that’s getting through to the inside of your home during the warmest part of the day. This in turn means you’ll likely be using your air conditioning less and be saving more of the earth’s energy. Metal roofs are considered a good investment for homes of all sizes and they’re also available in almost any style and color that you can imagine. Our team at Pacific West Roofing carriers a wide selection of metal roofing options, but which ones are right for you and your home? Here are some metal roofing options you should know about.
Although metal roofs are the most durable, there come times when some repair is needed. Whether your roof sustained damage by a storm, expansion/contraction or rust, these highly durable roofs do indeed sometimes need some TLC.
Before you set out to repair your roof, make sure you check your paperwork to see if it’s covered under warranty. The good news is that most metal roofs have a very extensive warranty, and you may not need to climb up there and do the work yourself. However, if your warranty doesn’t cover it, we’ve got some tips to make your time up there well spent.
First, take a look over your whole roof to locate any loose nails. If you have some, pull them all the way out and re-nail them back in.
If you find any holes or rust spots, you can fix them easily with these steps
Using a wire brush or steel wool, remove the rust completely
Use a metal primer on the area to prep for paint
Using a spray paint, spray the primed area. The color can be matched by going to any local auto parts store
SEAL UP LEAKS
You can use a urethane roof cement or even metal flashing to seal and leaks you find. However, make sure you smooth it over the leak area to keep from trapping water. Also remember, urethane roof cement and metal flashing will ultimately deteriorate and need to be replaced in the future.
RESEAL SEAMS AND EDGES
Using urethane-roofing cement, make sure to reseal any areas you find with holes or openings.
REPLACE FLASHING ON THE ROOF
To replace the metal flashing on a metal roof, call a roofing contractor to complete this effort.
A metal roof is an excellent choice for your pacific northwest home. By keeping it well maintained, you will ensure the roof lasts as long, or longer than expected. Since 1980, Pacific West Roofing has been providing the highest quality service and products to the Portland area. If you need to schedule a visit for repair or replacement, contact us today at www.pacificwestroofing.com and schedule an appointment with one of our roofing specialists.
Keep this in mind – your roof is the part of your house that gets the most direct sunlight, if it isn’t shaded. If you want to cut down utility costs, it’s critical to have one that’s energy efficient.
When people are choosing a new roof, the main concern is how it looks. Of course that’s important. But don’t you want one that can save you money, too?
Metal roofs can do that. We’ll explain.
ARE YOU OKAY WITH PAYING A BIT MORE UPFRONT, IF YOU KNEW YOU’D BE SAVING TONS IN THE LONG RUN?
Here’s the truth: metal roofs have a high upfront cost, higher than traditional asphalt. Looking past that though, you are buying something with far lasting value. A metal roof lasts anywhere between 40-70 years. In comparison, an asphalt shingle roof lasts about 20 years. Metal roofs are also low maintenance, which factors into upfront costs.
Now, about those bills. TheMetal Roofing Alliance reports a home with a metal roof can save up to 40% on their summer cooling energy costs. See, a metal roof can be coated to make it reflective. What that means is it’ll reflect sunlight, rather than emit it as heat into your attic.
(note: several metal roofing materials, such as steel, come pre-coated. When buying, you can choose between different coatings, as each one has different reflective properties. Make sure you inquire about the “emissivity” of it – i.e., how it will contribute to energy efficiency).
Metal roofs are also eco-friendly. Not only are they comprised of 30 to 60 percent recycled materials, but they can be recycled once you’re through using them (asphalt shingles are just now becoming more recyclable).
And, since looks are important, they do give you some options. Metal roofing can come in panel or shingle form, as well as different colors. For overall aesthetic, they go well with most styles of modern or rustic architecture.
Remember, though, that when you are choosing a more energy efficient roof, you have to pay attention to the whole assembly. That means the decking, insulation, etc. You will want an experienced roofer to make sure the whole system insulates well.
Pacific West Roofing uses the most eco-friendly and long-lasting materials for installing new roofs. We are backed by CertainTeed’s highest honor contractor warranty program.Start the conversation on how to make your roof, and your home, as energy efficient as possible.