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Metal Roofing Options

Today, more homeowners that are updating their homes are considering metal roof vs regular roof when it comes to the exterior. Metal roofing has been commonplace in rural areas, but in the city and suburban areas, a regular roof may be asphalt shingle or tile roofing.

We’re going to answer some common questions about metal roofing, if a metal roof with gutters is standard and what to do when a metal roof is leaking. We intend to provide answers and explanations that will allow you to make an informed decision next time you have a roofing job done.

Are metal roofs noisy?

This is probably the most common question of all when it comes to metal roofing. And yes, they can be noisy, but if they are installed properly, they are typically quieter than an asphalt shingled roof. And when it comes to noise pollution, they are also can prodigiously provide defense, in addition to being eco-friendly and energy-efficient.

If you are wanting a roof that is energy-efficient, quiet, and sturdy, metal roofing is the one to choose. Too often, people misjudged them as being too heavy, susceptible to lightning strikes, and in general, noisy. The fact is, if your dream is to have a quiet, soundproof home against the busy streets and noise pollution of today, metal roofing is the answer to that dream.

Simply because they are metal doesn’t mean they are automatically going to be noisier than the average asphalt roof. Yes, there is the legendary barn roof that is loud when it rains, and especially when it hails. What you may not realize is that metal roofing is they are installed directly to the rafters, with the fasteners exposed.

Today, metal roofing is not installed in that manner when it comes to houses or even commercial buildings. Today, they are installed with a strong sheathing between the metal roof and the existing surface which drastically and effectively reduces the noise that comes with hail, rain, and windblown debris.

Do metal roofs leak?

Metal roofing offers more than other roofing products in the way of durability, performance, and strength. Now, this does not mean they aren’t indestructible, and they can’t leak, but, as we stated earlier, they must be properly installed. Six of the most common reasons that metal roofing may leak. 

1. The Screws 

If metal roofing leaks, it can usually be traced to the screws used for installing it. There is a rubber washer attached to metal roofing screws that seals any water out. If the screw is inserted into the metal roofing and it that rubber washer isn’t right, the roof may leak. Some of the things that can go wrong:

  • Screws Over Driven: If the contractor that installs the metal roofing applies too much torque, to a screw in the attempt to confirm a tight seal, the rubber washer can slip out to one side.
  • Screws Under Driven: This is just the opposite of the reason stated above. If the contractor doesn’t apply enough torque, the rubber washer can’t seal to the metal roofing because it wasn’t compressed to form the needed gasket.
  • Screws Mis-Angled: The rubber washer can’t seal properly if the screw is inserted at an angle.
  • Screws Missed the Framing or Strut: When screws do not go into the metal struts or wood frame below, it isn’t sealed against anything. These make it hard to find a leak because the screw is there, but it isn’t touching anything to create a seal.

Even with properly installed screws, the rubber washer is still subject to cold winters and hot summers. They can begin to lose their sealing ability as they degrade, making it a challenge to determine which screw is leaking. So no, metal roofing is not fail-proof.

2. Stacked Flashings

Just like asphalt roofing, metal roofing is subject to have flashings installed wrong around the chimney, pipes, and vents. The areas around the air vents, HVAC vents, and plumbing pipes that come up through a roof must be waterproofed and that is the job of the flashing. With metal roofing, that flashing is typically a rubberized material placed flat to form a seal while squeezing around the chimney, pipe, and vent to form a seal.

As metal roofing moves with contraction and expansion with the weather will constantly test the seals. Exposure to the hot sun degrades the rubber seals, which is why most contractors will use a caulking or additional sealant such as tar behind and around these areas. However, this can create a catch 22 problem – water often ponds there, thus creating a leak. You can anticipate the need to replace rotten or worn stack flashings every-so-often.  

3.  Sealants Missing 

Sealants for metal roofing that is installed at the same time seldom have the same lifespan as metal roofing and will need replacing as part of our roof maintenance. These sealants are located under trims like the counter flashings, metal ridge caps, reglets, roof transitions, pitch pans, and Z flashings. Each of these will need topping off as they wear out.  

Only a sealant made for metal roofing should be used as other types of materials won’t adhere to the type of paint used on the metal roofing panels and trims. Metal roofing also needs a sealant that can work with the daily contraction and expansion that metal roofing goes through.  

4. Flashings for Curbs 

HVAC units installed on metal roofing typically sits on curbs, a test for the flashing. There isn’t much room for error on the flashing around the HVAC. The side going up the curb and the two corners going up are the difficult areas and when they aren’t installed correctly, water will get trapped behind the HVAC unit and will erode the sealant as it “stands” there and a leak begins. Again, a catch 22 is the problem because more caulking and sealing can only allow it to hold more water.

5. Overlapping Seam

Seams are where two pieces of the metal roofing overlap. If a Capillary Draw is created while installing the metal roof, a leak is created because it allows water to travel upward between the two joined metal pieces. The Capillary Draw can be broken with butyl tape or sealant, but if it isn’t installed properly, the problem can make it worse than if it were left alone.

Do metal roofs dent easily?

When it comes to metal roofing, there are many misconceptions, such as the noise factor and concerns of leaking, which we covered both earlier in this piece. And yes, if there is a significant weight to a metal roof, or it is hit with a powerful velocity, like large hailstones, or a tree limb, then yes, it can dent.

Some types of metal roofing will dent easier than others, like aluminum or copper. Today though, there are more reputable materials for metal roofing that are guaranteed against denting. As you shop for metal roofing, it is recommended that you inquire about those materials and make the best decision for your budget and your home.

Do metal roofs need gutters?

No, not specifically. Metal roofing is more resistant to the issues that the typical asphalt roof is subject to, thus why gutters are highly recommended for them. The purpose of a gutter system is to funnel the water that runs off the roof out and away from the structure of the house itself, and toward a drainage area.

However, with that said, there is an important role for gutters even for houses with metal roofing: they protect your property surrounding the house. A properly installed and working gutter system will prevent ice, rain, sleet, and snow from causing severe damage to your property in the areas of the foundation, landscaping, and siding.

Whereas with an asphalt shingled roof, the ice, rain, sleet, and snow can back up under the shingles and through to the decking below, then into the attic, on the ceiling, and down the walls. With metal roofing, those worries are gone.

However, that water will still run down and pool up around the foundation of your home. From there, it will seep under the foundation, into the basement, and thus, weakening the overall structure’s stability.

Does a metal roof increase home value?

The competition in the real estate market can be tough, no matter what the economy. This is why you need to take the steps that will make your home stand out from the others, and metal roofing can do that.

Not only will a metal roof make your home stand out, but it increases the value because of the things it decreases and increases. Metal roofing increases its insulating capabilities over asphalt roofing. It is a durable material and has been used to roof structures as far back as the 1700s and is fire retardant. Metal roofing is almost maintenance-free and is better for the environment.

green metal roof

Is a metal roof worth the cost?

If you’re considering have your current roof replaced or you’re building a new home and not sure what type of roofing material to use, consider metal roofing. This material is an appealing option because of the long lifespan and minimal maintenance they offer as well as the eco-friendly and energy efficiency features that they offer.

If you’re thinking a galvanized steel metal roofing isn’t for you, there are other types of metal as well, such as aluminum, copper, tin, and zinc, each offering a different look to any home.

Yes, metal roofing is more expensive compared to other materials for the installation. But the overall lifetime of the roof, it is the less expensive option. As you shop for metal roofing, check with the contractor if it is tested and regulated. You should also check with your local building department for any code requirements.

If you still aren’t sure if metal roofing is for you, there are many options to choose from. Some questions you need to ask yourself that could help you make this determination:

  • How much money do I have to spend comfortably for a new roof?
  • How important is using recycled materials or recyclable materials for me?
  • Am I in an environment that is subject to severe weather?
  • Do I want a bright and vibrant color on my home in the long run?
  • Are there HOA restrictions?

The answer to these questions is 100% individual decision, every roof is different, and every homeowner is different.  Remember to ask any questions you may have and have all your concerns answered by a reliable roofing contractor. The Pro Roofing and Restoration team is always available to assist you. Give us a call today at 770-214-4788 for your metal roofing questions in Duluth, GA.

Do Homes Need Gutters?

Gutter system for homes

The Importance of Gutters

Yes, there should be gutters on a home because it helps drain rainwater and snow melt away from your foundation. That helps keep water out of your basement if you have one.

Gutters can add value to the home. This helps when it comes time to sell the home for a bigger or smaller home depending on your needs. It adds value as it helps protect from water leak damage in the basement, the foundation, and even the attic. However, install the gutters wrong and it can detract from the value of your home.

Gutters are an important part of your home so you need the correct gutter for your environment and proper installation to make sure that you get the best protection and added value to your home.

Types of gutters

There are a few choices of gutters that can be used. Materials that gutters can be made from:

  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Copper
  • Stainless steel
  • Wood

Where you live will help determine which type of material will work best for you. If you live in an area where you have extreme heat and cold with a lot of snow your gutter material needs to be sturdy such as steel. However, if you live in an area that does not have much snow and freezing then you will need something a little less hardy such as vinyl.

Another consideration is whether the gutter will be seamless or sectional. Seamless gutters require a gutter system installation by a professional crew with a truck that bends aluminum that fits the exact dimensions of the home. They are mitered at the corners to fit properly so they do not leak. Sectional gutters can be joined together at 10 feet or 20 feet sections. These sections must be fit together and fastened. One of the main differences between seamless and sectional is that seamless has no joints to leak. Joints and seams are the places where gutters most commonly leak and fail over the years of use.

No matter which gutter system you choose you should consider leaf guards. Leaf guards will help to keep your gutters clean and free of large debris that can cause damage to the gutter and leaks from blockages. This is especially true if you are planning to use your gutters as a water collection for your garden or shrubs. This can help you save on your water bill during the growing season. If you have city water your plants will do better with rainwater than with water that has chlorine in it.

Cost of gutters

The cost of gutters varies depending on the type of gutter you choose, not only in material but in sectional or seamless gutters. Budget-friendly vinyl gutters are great for two reasons; one they are inexpensive and two they can be installed by the DIY homeowner. On average these gutters will run around $3 to $5 per linear square foot.

This system is great for the do it yourself homeowners as it just snaps together. It requires low maintenance since it does not rust, chip, or peel, and it is dent resistant. The mid-range option begins at $20.00 per linear square foot. Made of galvanized steel it will hold up against ladders and fallen branches, it is rust free and durable. While this has a higher price tag it will hold up well and does not require constant maintenance.

The high-end range will cost you the most but because it is seamless the maintenance is extremely low, there are no joints or seams to cause leaks. Remember leaks are a costly issue for your home.

Beautiful house with quality gutters

Home issues from leaky gutters

If your basement, sides of your house, or attic leak from gutters not being properly installed or having damage to them you could find your house developing mold problems. Mold will lead to health issues which can add more cost in hospital visits and costly mold removal.

Water damage can also lead to rotting wood. This could cause you to have to replace window frames, door frames, and even areas on the floors. The joist in the attic area may even have to be replaced. This is why it is important that you not only have gutters but maintain those gutters.

Gutters not only make your home look nice they protect your investment and add value to the resale price of your home. Buyers who see good gutters will know that the home has been well maintained and the foundation or bones of the home will be good. That does not mean they will not have an inspection done but they are more likely to seriously consider buying a home with a good well-maintained gutter system than one without a gutter system. So if your home does not have gutters now is the time to consider putting a gutter system on. For your gutter needs in Duluth, GA, dial 770-214-4788 for Pro Roofing and Restoration!

How Can I Protect My House From Water Damage?

A Wood Floor Soaked by a Water Leak

What causes water damage in homes? 

Water damage occurs in homes from a variety of sources, from burst and leaking pipes to issues with your heating and cooling system. Anytime you have water pooling where it shouldn’t be pooling water damage can occur. Here are some common causes of water damage in homes:

  • Leaking or burst pipes or other plumbing problems: Plumbing issues ranging from leaks to clogs to sewage back-ups can cause water damage in the home.
  • Water collecting in crawl spaces, attics, basements or similar spaces: From leaks to flooding, spaces in and around your home like attics, basements or crawl spaces are susceptible to water damage.
  • Malfunctioning appliances: Washers, dishwashers, water heaters and other appliances can leak or break down, and cause water damage.
  • A malfunctioning or damaged HVAC system: Air conditioners, especially when not well maintained, are particularly susceptible to issues like moisture build-up that leads to mold growth.
  • Roof damage: Damage caused by storms, hail, or other issues like damaged or clogged gutters can leave roofs open to leaks. Roof leaks can cause damage in attics, ceilings, and other areas of the home.
  • Weather or natural disasters: Any natural event, including flash floods, severe storms, or tornadoes, can create all kinds of damage to homes.  

If your gutters have been damaged or clogged, the excess water that builds up can cause roof damage or even damage to other areas of the home such as the foundation. Gutter repair is essential to protect your roof and home from water damage. Call 770-214-4788 to reach out to the professionals at Pro Roofing and Restoration for gutter repair in Duluth, GA.

If you have plumbing leaks under your home, the water can damage the foundation or slab, and cause cracks in walls, ceilings and floors. Slab leak repair will be necessary to fix the damage.

Does water damage happen immediately?

Water damage can happen immediately or it can come on gradually. Events like floods can suddenly have you ankle deep in water in your home, while a burst pipe could have your floors covered in minutes. On the other hand, a leaking pipe or a roof leak from roof damage could go unnoticed for weeks or months, until you begin to see spots or stains on the walls or ceilings or mold growth. A roof leak in the attic, for instance, could remain hidden for months, unless you check the attic regularly. Such a leak could lead to mold growth or cause rotting or deterioration of the roof’s rafters or other structural elements. 

Within a few minutes after water has entered the home, you may see moisture-sensitive furniture turning white, while furniture on saturated carpets will begin to stain the carpets. After a few hours furniture will swell and household odors will begin to become more noticeable. After a few weeks or days, fungus and mold will begin to grow, wood will warp. 

What type of water damage is covered by homeowners insurance?

Most homeowner’s insurance policies will cover water damage in some instances,when it is considered sudden internal damage. Instances in which water damage is covered includes water damage caused by burst pipes, extinguishing a fire, a roof leak, accidental overflows of appliances like toilets, washing machines and bathtubs, as well as vandalism.

In the case of plumbing, pipes must suddenly burst. Frozen or faulty pipes, as well as accidental overflow are covered. Sewer back-ups generally aren’t covered, and neither are leaks caused by pipes that have been poorly maintained. Policies generally won’t cover damage caused by lack of maintenance or neglect for any part of the home. Flooding from outside the home is not covered by homeowner’s insurance. A separate flood insurance policy is usually required for any water damage caused by flooding. 

Do insurance companies cover roof leaks?

Insurance companies may cover roof leaks and roof damage caused by the leak. Much of the coverage depends upon what caused the damage. As with water damage in other areas of the home, if the leak was caused by neglect or poor maintenance the cost of repairs won’t be covered. For roof damage from storm, hail, wind, fire, or other perils most insurance policies will cover the cost for the main portion of the dwelling. Any interior damage caused by the leaking roof will usually be covered by personal property coverage. Roof damage to unattached structures such as sheds will require other structures protection.  

Can a leaky roof cause mold?

Roof damage by water can create all sorts of problems, from rot and deterioration of the roofing material and structure to mold growth. Wherever there’s moisture build-up, mold will usually follow. Most often, when you have a roof leak, the attic is where you’ll find mold growing. If ventilation isn’t adequate, the mold can grow throughout the entire attic. This is known as systemic mold growth. If ventilation is adequate, excess moisture gets released from the attic, the mold growth will be limited to the area of the leak. Besides being a health hazard, mold begins to take root in the roofing material, undermining its integrity. To avoid any issues with mold growth, it’s important to get the roof leak repaired as soon as possible.

Mold Growth On Attic Insulation.

Roof damage contractor

If you have roof damage in Duluth, GA and need a reliable and experienced roofing contractor to repair it, count on the professionals at Pro Roofing and Restoration. We provide repairs at affordable prices. Call us today at 770-214-4788 to schedule our services.

What Happens if Water Gets Behind Siding?

When Vinyl Siding is Installed, Gaps May Be Left Open to Water Seepage.

Is vinyl siding watertight?

The way vinyl siding is installed prevents it from being 100% watertight. It’s necessary to install vinyl siding loosely to allow for expansion and contraction as temperatures fluctuate. If the vinyl siding is installed too tightly and not allowed to expand or contract,it can warp and crack. But, this loose installation leaves gaps that can allow water to seep behind the siding.

Do I need house wrap behind vinyl siding?

Because vinyl siding is not 100% watertight, most contractors recommend installing a house wrap behind the siding.The wrap serves as a protective barrier against any water that seeps behind the siding, and prevents any water damage that might otherwise occur. With newer homes, house wrap installed behind the vinyl siding is a standard.

Can Hardie board get rained on?

As a brand of fiber cement siding, Hardie board siding is generally durable. And while there have been some reports Hardie board siding, in particular, can crumble when it gets wet, this usually only happens if the Hardie board is improperly installed. In fact, Hardie board is designed to be waterproof and can be rained on when properly installed.

Besides damages, poor installation will void warranties. You never have to worry about poor installation using Hardie board siding when you have Pro Roofing and Restoration on your side. Our skilled professionals get the job done right the first time. Give us a call at 770-214-4788 for siding installation in Duluth, GA.

If you have Hardie board siding installed you will want to maintain it so it will keep its appearance and last a lifetime.

Here are some tips for care for Hardie board siding:

  • Regularly wash the siding about every 6 to 12 months using a garden hose or a pressure hose on a low setting.
  • Reapply caulking around flashing, plank and trim connections and plank joints when the caulking shows signs of wear.
  • Clean your gutters regularly to prevent overflow problems that could allow water to get behind the siding.
  • Make sure shrubs, bushes and trees are trimmed away from the siding.
  • Repaint the siding if touch ups are needed. Make sure to check warranties before painting.
  • Make any necessary repairs to cracks or dents.

Is Hardie board siding waterproof?

Hardie board siding is specifically designed to be waterproof. This fiber cement siding is hard and will not deteriorate when exposed to water over time.

Does Hardie board siding rot?

Hardie board siding is one of the more durable siding materials on the market today. It is valued because it is waterproof and will not rot or warp. The siding is designed to be moisture resistant and does not fall prey to rot. The siding is also installed with a moisture resistant house wrap which prevents moisture from getting inside the wall.

Water damage behind siding

When water gets behind siding it can cause a great deal of damage, especially if a house wrap is not installed behind the siding as a protective barrier against it. Water can damage the interior walls as well as the foundation if it gets behind the siding. Damage can include anything from rotting sheathing to mold growth. If the water seeps down to the foundation, it can cause the foundation to crack. In the same way, basements are also vulnerable to water damage.

Usually when water has seeped behind the siding, you’ll see what looks like dirt inside the home near the window. You may also see stains or water on the walls. When you see stains or water on your wall, you could have an issue with a plumbing leak instead of a siding problem, which will require Marietta, GA plumbing repair.

Loose siding water damage

Severe storms are often a problem for homes. Some storms may knock portions of your siding loose and it is essential to make sure the loose siding gets repaired as soon as possible. If the damage goes unattended, you’re leaving your home vulnerable to water damage or other problems.

In some cases, as with vinyl siding, the siding may be loosely fastened to allow for normal expansion and contraction. This could open up gaps that let water get behind the siding, but a water resistant house wrap will usually defend the interior walls against water damage.

If Fiber Cement Siding Is Properly Installed, Water Damage Will Not Be a Problem.

Fiber cement siding water damage

If poorly installed, fiber cement siding like Hardie board siding can be damaged by water over time. Poor installation may leave gaps and allow water to get behind the siding, which can damage interior walls, causing problems like mold growth or causing the sheathing to rot. Your foundation could also be affected if water gets behind poorly installed Hardie board siding or other types of fiber cement siding.

Occasionally, fiber cement may be poorly manufactured and get wet when designed, leaving it flawed. It is also possible for the fiber cement to damped while in transit.

Bottom of siding water damage

Most problems with water damage occur because the siding has been poorly installed. Poor installation like improperly sealed joints or overly driven nails can open up gaps that can allow the water to get behind the siding or cause the siding to absorb water, which can lead to warping, cracks and rotting, especially with wood or vinyl siding. Water can even damage the bottom of the siding if the edges are placed too close to the ground. Besides rain, lawn sprinklers can also damage siding that is improperly installed.

When you are looking for top-quality siding installation in Duluth, GA, you can rely on the professionals at
Pro Roofing and Restoration. To schedule services, give us a call at 770-214-4788.

What are the Best Roofs for Hail Protection?

A Metal Roof Rated Highly For Impact Resistance

Impact Resistant Roofing Materials

Hail represents one of the most alarming and devastating threats homeowners face every year. For those homeowners who face this rooftop hazard, one particularly nasty hail storm could end in thousands of dollars of damages. While your insurance company may be there to help you pick up the pieces, what if you didn’t have to worry about rooftop hail damage (ever again)?

With impact resistant roofing, that could be a reality for you, your family, and your business! Today, we’re going to dive into this hardened category of rooftop protection, clear up some key terms, and explore popular solutions. By the end, you should have a firm grasp of which options could work for you. Let’s get started!

What is an Impact Resistant Roof?

Imagine a hail stone hurtling towards a rooftop at 90 miles per hour. You might expect the worst, but as the stone strikes the shingle or metal panel, it simply bounces off without leaving a mark. That is the nature of impact resistant roofing.

When an object, be it hail or a small branch, impacts against the surface of the material, force is quickly distributed outward. As a result, the likelihood of a falling object causing a permanent crack or tear dramatically falls. Homeowners (and insurance agencies) love enhanced durability, because it means fewer incidents of expensive roof repair.

How is Impact Resistance Measured?

The primary authority on impact resistance is Underwriters Laboratory, who created the Class rating standard for roofing materials. Most roofing companies classify their products based on this standard. Roofing solutions are rated on a scale of one to four, with class 4 materials boasting the highest level of impact resistance.

Testing often involves dropping steel balls from an elevating position onto the material below. The projectiles vary in size from just over one inch to a whole two inches in order to simulate different sizes of hail stones. Based on the results – damage is typically observed under a microscope – materials are then classified by the extent of their impact resistance.

For a fascinating look at the detailed testing processes involved, check out Disaster Safety’s study on impact resistance.

Class 4 Shingles

What is a Class 4 Shingle?

When a roofer refers to a shingle as “impact resistant”, they generally mean the material has been rated as a Class 4 product. These materials have passed the most demanding impact testing requirements in the industry. Class 4 shingles can withstand hail impacts at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour without cracking or tearing.

Only the largest hailstones will produce lasting impact damage Heavy branches may also degrade the rooftop. With those exceptions out of the way, Class 4 shingles can beat practically any day to day threat.

Materials

What are Impact Resistant Shingles Made Of?

Most class 4 shingles still utilize one or more layers of asphalt. A fiberglass matt also provides added rigidity against impact trauma. Manufacturers also like to add their own proprietary rubberizing enhancements to give the shingles extra flexibility. These may include plastics, cellulose fibers, and other durable materials.

If you’re wondering how to identify impact resistant shingles, you’ll likely notice their thicker design. Manufacturers will proudly show off their certifications for Class 4 rated products, so you should be able to find the details under the label (or online description).

Architectural Shingles

Are Architectural Shingles Impact Resistant?

Some architectural shingles are enhanced for better impact resistance. Others aren’t. Make sure that you examine the specifications of your potential roofing system before putting them up. A trained roofing expert should also be able to streamline your search for a tougher architectural shingle roof installation.

Is a Metal Roof Impact Resistant?

While some of the cheapest panel products might fail, the vast majority of metal roofing systems will not tear or crack when struck by hailstones. This makes them a powerful solution for homeowners that regularly encounter strong winds and violent thunderstorms. Metal roofs also last two to three times longer than your average asphalt shingle, making them a superb long-term investment for your home.

Should you have the budget and inclination towards energy-efficient metal roofing, make sure you have your system installed by a professional. Even the toughest roofs can fail prematurely if installed poorly.

A Lovely Tile Roof That Has Been Severely Damaged by Hail Stones

Is Impact Resistant Roofing Worth It?

If you’ve been affected by a horrible hailstorm before, you’ll understand the peace of mind that a more durable rooftop can bring. As you search for impact resistant roofing in Duluth, GA, be sure to make sure that your materials have been certified by both Underwriters Laboratory and Factory Manual (another prestigious name in hail resistance).

Ready to get the ball rolling on your next roof replacement? Our team at Pro Roofing and Restoration would love to help you in your search and installation process! Contact our highly-rated, friendly staff today at 770-214-4788 to learn more.