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#30 – The Durability of Metal Roofing

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Most people buy metal roofs for their longevity. Once a homeowner reaches the point of owning their “forever house” – the last house they will ever buy, and perhaps they even have plans to pass that house on to loved ones – it makes sense to end the crazy cycle of re-roofing every few years. […]


#29 – Skylights on Metal Roofing

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Normal types of protrusions through the roof such as skylights and chimneys do not pose a problem for metal roofs. They need to be flashed and detailed properly and quality metal roofing manufacturers will have instructions to help installers with that. Skylights must be curbed, not flush-mounted with any metal roof. If there are existing […]


#28 – Minimum Roof Pitch with Metal Roofing

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Most residential metal roofs require at least a 3:12 roof pitch and have no maximum roof pitch. That means there is at least 3” of vertical rise to the roof slope for every 12” it goes back horizontally. That is a 14 degree angle. Mechanically seamed standing seam metal roofs, commonly used on large warehouses […]


#27 – The Energy Efficiency of Metal Roofing

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If you’re thinking of a new roof for your home, it’s important to consider energy efficiency. Choosing a roof that will reduce your home’s energy costs is a huge ongoing benefit. Metal roofs offer energy efficiency in three ways and the important thing is that all of these ways are long lasting – they do […]


#26 – Lightning and Metal Roofs

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When considering a metal roof for your home, please keep in mind that while metal conducts electricity, it does not draw or attract it. Lightning hits the highest object around, regardless of whether it is metal or some other material. The Metal Construction Association, on its website, metalconstruction.org, has a great technical bulletin that explains […]


#25 – Different Types of Coatings on Metal Roofing

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Whereas high end natural metals like zinc and copper do not need any coatings, there are four basic coating options available for steel and aluminum roofs. Three of those four are paint finishes which I will review here in a bit. The other type is a stone coating. Stone coatings incorporate granules similar to those […]


#24 – Using Foam Inserts with Metal Roofing

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Metal shingle roofing offers unique beauty by providing depth and detail that is unmatched by other types of metal roofing. The formation of the products creates an air gap between the metal and the roof deck on a structure. That air gap is very beneficial as it becomes a thermal break to stop conductive heat […]


#23 – Ice and Snow on Metal Roofing

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I have written extensively on the subject of ice, snow, and metal roofs. To find that information, just Google for Ice dams, metal roofing, and Todd Miller. However, I want to share that I feel that the potential benefits of metal roofing in terms of helping roofs resist ice dams are often over sold. What […]


#22 – Roofing Warranties

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Roofing warranties can be kind of a funny thing. With most products we buy as consumers, we fully expect the product to outlast the warranty. Think about the three year warranty on your car or the 90 day warranty on your television. You’d be aghast if someone told you that the product wouldn’t outlast the […]


#21 – How to Clean a Metal Roof

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Painted metal roofs, especially those with the industry leading PVDF finishes which are sold under the Kynar and Hylar trade names, are very resistant to streaking and staining from atmospheric fungus and subsequent biological growth. However, some climates will eventually cause mildew or other things to grow on just about any surface, even glass. Additionally, […]


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