Wood River Metal Roofing
Many homeowners are looking at different options now more than ever when deciding which roof is the best option. There are numerous choices from styles, colors and price range. How can you decide which roof is right for you? If you’re planning on staying in your home for many decades to come, it might be a good idea to check out the benefits of installing a metal roof.
Metal roofs have become a popular option over the years. So why haven’t you seen more homes with it? This is due to the one of the biggest deterrents for homeowners, the price! Asphalt shingles are the cheapest option but they don’t have the resilience of a metal roof option. With an asphalt roof, you will pay less initially and only need to replace it every 15-20 years. However, they have the highest repair rate due to their inability to withstand the elements. Rain and snow often cause leaks while a storm with strong winds can completely rip these shingles off, leaving you with costly replacement and repair costs.
Although metal roofs are much more expensive up front, the benefits you receive from installing a metal roof are definitely enough to offset the cost if you have the initial funds to invest in one. This option will increase the resale value of your home up to about 6 percent, they only need to be replaced every 40 - 70 years, they can withstand hurricane strength winds which means they will need very little - if any - replacement and repairs through the years, they are energy efficient - reflecting the sun's rays away from your home, they can be installed over your current roof decreasing the time and costs of tearing it off, your insurance might go down because there are very little claims from metal roofs and there are tax benefits for upgrading your home.
Common misconceptions about metal roofs are that they rust, interfere with wifi and cell phone signals and that they are loud. All of these couldn’t be farther from the truth! Not only that, they are excellent at diverting lightning strikes. Make sure to do your research instead of relying on opinions that are not based on scientific data and research.
Wood River Roofing Professionals recommends that you hire a professional to install a metal roof. Unlike asphalt shingles, these are much more difficult to install and require technical skills to get the job done right. An improperly installed metal roof will actually lead to more leaks than that of an asphalt shingle roof, so choose wisely! Contact us to schedule an appointment to have one of our professionals complete an assessment and give you a free estimate.
If you’re still not sure which way to go, check out our other sections Roofing and Roof Installation for more details. We’ll give you the installation steps below so you’ll know what to expect.
Safety and Regulations
Make sure to check with your city for any required permits and codes before starting your project. You’ll need the permit to begin the work and the new roof will have to pass all of the codes once it’s finished. This is a perfect reason why you should leave it up to trained professionals. Another reason is safety! Climbing up and down ladders and working at these heights while using equipment and carrying heavy loads poses too many risks to list. If you absolutely plan to do the job yourself, make sure you have all the right equipment for safety, such as proper shoes and attire, harnesses, scaffolding, safety lines, hard hats and gloves, safety glasses and tool belts, just to name a few.
In addition to prepping the roof deck, you will also want to prep the yard, driveway and all areas around the house. Make sure to assess where dangerous areas are beforehand, such as power lines, overhanging tree branches, electrical outlets, etc. Keep a tarp on the ground around where you will be working to catch any little objects that fall that would be hard to pick up when you are finished. Move cars out of the way to prevent damage and to make it easy for any material to be dropped off at the site. Take all of your measurements to know how much supplies to order.
These steps might look easy on paper but there is a lot of work involved and many factors to consider. Call us and receive a free estimate no matter which type of roof you decide to go with. We’ll take care of all of the hard work and you can enjoy your beautiful new home!