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Residential Metal Roofing MN

Metal Roofing Although the popularity of metal roofing has greatly increased in recent years, most people are not very familiar with this type of roofing material so there are many misconceptions. One common misconception is that a metal roof will be noisier than other types of roofing. One common question asked about metal roofing is “Will my roof make a lot of noise during a rain storm?” To answer this question it is helpful to consider noise in terms of its unit of measurement: decibels. Decibels range from zero, which is the softest sound that can be detected by the human ear, to the loudest sound, registered which exceeds 175 decibels. Examples of Sounds and Decibels How much noise your metal roof will make when rain hits it depends on various elements of the construction. If the metal roof is installed over open framing it will be louder than if it is installed over a solid roof deck. The underlayment that is installed under the metal roofing will further muffle the sound through absorption. The sound will be absorbed even more if the metal roof is installed over a layer or more of asphalt shingles. Attic air space and any insulation will also work to minimize the sound. It is very common for people with metal roofs to say that they can hear the rain hitting their skylights but not their roof….in fact the difference in the sound level of a metal roof versus asphalt shingles is small enough as to not be considered significant. Noise Decibels Soft Whisper 30 Rain Hitting and Asphalt Shingle 46 Rain Hitting a...

Minnesota Residential Metal Roofing Contractor

Minneapolis Residential Metal Roofing MN Metal roofing has increased in popularity significantly over the last several years. Today’s metal roofing systems are built to last. Steel metal roofing has a “metallic coating” made of either zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum. This metallic coating prevents rust from forming and is bonded to the steel at the factory. Paint is then applied over the metallic coating to provide the long-lasting color homeowners desire. If you’re looking for installation of a new metal roof, it’s particularly important to choose an experienced and reputable metal roofing contractor because metal roof installation requires skills and tools that are different than the more common asphalt shingle roof. Advantages of Metal Roof Installation Residential metal roofing – metal is durable, when installed properly, a metal roof will outlast most other materials in the home. Long term warranties – many manufacturers warranty their metal roofing for up to 50 years. That compares favorably to asphalt shingles, which may need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years. If you compare the average annual metal roof prices to shingles, metal is competitive over the long haul because you need to repair and replace it less often. Lower energy bills – metal reflects heat from the sun helping your roof and home stay cooler, using less energy Green roofing – metal roofs are a “cool roof option” Non-combustible and fire resistant – residential metal roofing has a Class A fire rating, which means it receives the designation of “most resistant” to fires. Lightweight roof material – metal can withstand extremely high winds and climate changes Will...

Metal Roofing Contractor Minneapolis MN

Minneapolis Metal Roofing Contractor MN If you live in a humid climate, you’ve probably seen the unsightly black staining that often occurs on an asphalt shingle roof after a few years. Unbeknownst to most homeowners, this common staining phenomenon is caused by airborne algae that collect on the roof and then grow in moist areas, producing roofing stains that look like black streaks. Since asphalt roofing shingles can absorb moisture and stay damp for extended periods of time, they can create a fertile environment for the growth of these algae stains and other microorganisms. Algae, Mildew, and Mold Stain Resistant Roofing Metal roofs are very resistant to algae, mildew, and mold stains for several reasons. First, the smooth, hard surfaces of a metal roof make if difficult for airborne debris, dust, and plant materials to collect. Also, metal roofing materials don’t absorb water, eliminating the damp, fertile, environment that can lead to growth. Finally, metal roofing materials can be thoroughly cleaned without risking damage to the roof. So, in addition to better protection against algae staining, a metal roof is also mold and mildew resistant. Eliminating these unsightly, and sometimes unhealthy mold and mildew stains from your roof will help ensure your home stays beautiful and maintenance-free for many years. Shown here is a typical example of algae staining and discoloration on an asphalt shingle roof. A metal roof is also among the safest of all roofs because of its durability and non-combustibility. Because metal isn’t combustible, metal roofing is fire-rated as Class A. In fact, when wildfires rage through housing developments, often the metal-roofed homes are the only...

Minneapolis Minnesota Residential Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing – A Roof You Will Never Have To Worry About Again Asphalt can require re-roofing every 12 to 20 years, with the average age of roofing replaced in the U.S. being only 17 years. That is because asphalt roofing, being made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass, begins to deteriorate as soon as you put it on your roof. Just normal weather and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays add to an asphalt roof’s deterioration. A metal roof, however, will not decompose and can withstand just about everything Mother Nature throws at it. The Durability and Longevity of Metal Roofs Roofing materials, such as wood shingles and tile, have varying degrees of weather related problems. Wood shingles dry out, cracking and curling over a relatively short time. Recent wood shingle and shake roofs have needed replacement before twenty years. Concrete tile roofs have experienced problems with freeze/thaw cycles, especially in northern climates. Both of these products are outlasted by metal roofing that retains its good looks, whether that be shake, tile or vertical seam panels. Long-Term Value of a Metal Roof A metal roof is a premium roof system that adds value to your most important investment-your home. Initially, a metal roof will likely cost more than an asphalt roof, comparable to some other systems like tile or shake, and less than slate. While these premium roof systems look good initially, they breakdown over time and wind up needing to be replaced. Meanwhile, if you had installed a metal roof you would have avoided that hassle and would still be enjoying the protection it offers you and your...

Cost Effective Metal Roofing Options

Metal Roofing Materials Now Come In A Variety Of Options When you tell people you are considering a metal roof, many people get the mental image of the farm house with an unsightly tin roof hovering over its barn.  In the past years, metal roofing materials have made incredible forward progress to combine their extraordinary benefits as a building material with the eye catching appeal the standard homeowner is after. No longer just a solution for industrial buildings and barns, metal roofs now can be found in a variety of styles and colors. Believe it or not, metal roofing materials are now available that replicate many of the traditional styles we’ve grown familiar with.  Metal roofing can be purchased that duplicates the appearance of a slate or shingle roof.  Some manufacturers have even gone as far as to embed their metal “shingles” with sand and stone, lending them to the most authentic look possible. There are metal shakes that replicate the wooden shake roofs from the olden days and even clay tile to give an authentic Mediterranean or Spanish image.  There are other designs available as well that can only be achieved with a metal roof, such as a standing seam metal roof that is popular with many architects due to its contemporary design characteristics. Why a Metal Roof? It’s the most economical choice- Lasts a lifetime Beauty and durability that will last 2-3 times longer than an asphalt roof Maintenance free- No need to shovel off snow Helps increase your home’s re-sale value Many styles, patterns, and designs Save money on heating and cooling bills Less weight on...
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