Archive for September, 2013

Metal Roof Benefits

With so  many types of roofing materials available, homeowners are often presented with the unique dilemma of too many options.  While most people stick with a traditional composite asphalt roof, they may be missing out on some of the benefits other roof materials can offer.

Magnificent Metal

Metal roofs are often chosen because of their durability and unique aesthetic appeal. Whether you choose a beautiful bronze roof material or a simple aluminum, your home will benefit in one or more of these ways:

1. Fire resistant — metal is a powerful protector of your home, especially for homes that are vulnerable to fire. The  naturally fire resistant nature of metal roof materials can prevent fires from spreading and reduce the chances for additional threat or damage.

2. Mold/Mildew resistant –  unlike other roof materials, metal roofs are naturally resistant to moisture. That  means that metal roofs serve well in coastal areas, where problems with mold and mildew often plague traditional roof  materials.

3. Energy efficient — metal roofs deflect the sun’s rays in the summer,  keeping the home cooler. For improved energy efficiency, white roof coatings can be applied to the metal roof to further reduce the abortion of heat and damaging rays.

4. Easy installation and maintenanceroofers and homeowners both win with a metal roof as it is easy to install and keep clean. Homeowners are far less likely to experience the need for high maintenance costs or experience damage.

Roofers Offers Advice For Homeowners

Your home is your greatest investment and the roof is the most important entity that protects it. For many people, roof repair and maintenance is a back burner issue. Professional roofers are hoping to spread the word to homeowners about the importance of seasonal inspections.

Seasons Are Reasons

With each change in seasons comes new threats to the integrity of your roof, especially if you already have some minor signs of damage. Fall brings the dropping of the leaves and temperatures. As things cool down and trees begin to shed their plant life, roofs become  more susceptible to debris and damage. The  best way to prepare your home for the fall and winter seasons is through a professional roof inspection.

During your inspection, the roofer will look for any signs of damage, debris or pest problems, and signs of imminent wear and tear. The average cost of a routine roof inspection is around $200. This expense is fraction of the cost for replacing a damaged roof. Your investment into routine roof inspections can save you thousands of dollars down the line. Further, having a professional inspection report can help win your case during an insurance claim.

Healthy Roof Coating System

Among many other risks, your roof is susceptible to the threat of pest and pollutants. Pest waste, mold, fungus and other microorganisms can be destructive to the integrity of your roof. Your roof is working to protect your home from toxins and environmental hazards, but what is protecting your roof materials?

Roof Coatings

There are many forms of roof coating systems, all working to serve a specific function. White roof coatings are designed to reflect the sun’s rays and prevent heat absorption, thereby lowering the need for traditional energy consumption to balance the internal temperature of the building. As an eco-friendly product, white roof systems have gained popularity in the green roofing industry in recent years.

A new type of roof coating system is available that offers antimicrobial protection of your roof system. The Clear-Shield Rx system is a clear-acrylic, non-toxic  coating that prevents bacterial and fungal growth on the surface of your roof. This new technology protects your roof from the damaging effects of such microorganisms, which can lead to corrosion of your roof materials and an increased risk of health hazards inside the home.  The Clear-Shield system can be applied to a variety of roofing surfaces and has the potential to improve the quality of the air being drawn into facilities by preventing contaminated growth on roof surfaces.

The Clear-Shield Rx system was developed by The Garland Company Inc, a leader in high-performance roofing solutions.