Why metal roofing over other alternatives?
Before we talk about roofing materials and prices let us ask ourselves why metal roofing over other alternatives? Over the years, asphalt roofing has been popular. They are usually made of fiber glass or felt covered with tar and stones are glued on to them. As time goes by the stones begin to wear off leading to leaks.Wood shingles, though look beautiful, need a lot of maintenance and over a period it begins to decay.Clay roofs are also used as alternatives but in time, the tiles crack specially in very cold regions when it goes through a period of freezing and then thawing.Metal roofs on the other hand lasts a lifetime. They are technologically innovative and look elegant and beautiful.Now this is what our home is for: To protect us from heat and cold, rain and storm. Metal roof will not split or mold or crack.
Almost all roofing systems have passed the wind uplifting tests. In USA, these tests are rigorous and some tests like UL580, requires the metal roof to withstand wind speed of about 120 miles per hour. Most builders incorporate a four way locking system for the roofing to stay firm. Moreover, these metal roofing systems also carry warrantee against chipping, fading etc. Metal roofs come in vivid attractive colors now days.Currently metal roofing prices can range from 3.50$ to 11$. Hence for a100 sq. ft. which is equal to a roofing square it can cost between 350$to 1100$.
Your roof will eventually have damage. And with that damage comes more problems. Leaks can occur, pouring water to the interior of your home. If you do not want this to happen, then you can try replacing your entire roof. But that would cost a lot, especially if you have shingles. An alternate method here would be roof repair. Roof repair can be done by you and with the help of your family or friends. So if you want to stop leaks without using a large sum of money, then you better try roof repair. How do you repair Leaking roofs? Here's how:The first thing that you have to do is to ready the materials you would need in the roof repair. You would need binoculars, flat-soled shoes, weighed markers, hammer, nails, metal bristles brush, rags, sharp knife, roofing cement, trowel, roof patching fabric and gloves. Check out your roof for any signs of imperfections in it. You need to use the binoculars to scan your roof from the ground. Take note of all the problems you see on your roof. Now try walking all over your roof. Begin walking on one end and walk on every possible areas. Again, take note of the possible problems you see on the roof.Observe all of your vents, skylights and air conditioning units. You need to look for places in which the roofing feature is separated from the roof. Find the places where the roofing tar or cement has cracks. Now, get a flashlight and start looking for water trails inside your home. Look for the origin of the leak and pierce that part with a nail. This is done so that you can identify the place later. If you see sunlight shining in from the ceiling, pierce a nail on that part too.Before doing this next step, make sure that you have found all the origins of the water leak. Now, go to the shingles that you've identified to have problems. Pull up those shingles and apply roofing cement beneath it. Replace any nails on it and cover those nails with roofing cement. Now, you need to repair the roofing cement or tars that have cracks. Usually, you have to remove the fixture (such as the air conditioning unit) to repair the crack. Remove the old roofing cement/tar, clean the area and let it dry. Put the fixture back and put roofing cement on it and the roof itself. Put small holes on the cement to drain the water. Fix any cracks and other source of leaks in flat roofing materials. Put roofing cement on it, then a piece of roof patching fabric and add roofing cement. With this, roof repair should be complete.