Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Why Is Metal Roofing So Popular with Homeowners?

Homeowners are learning that metal roofs have many benefits, including beauty, durability, and an eco-friendly pedigree.  MRA member Interlock Roofing sums it up nicely in this chart:

To learn more about metal roofing, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance website, Pinterest page or YouTube channel.   

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Your Home With A Metal Roof

Considering a new roof?  Wonder how your house would look with a different style of roof?  With the Metal Roofing Alliance's new free roofing tool, called "My New Metal Roof", homeowners can now see a variety of roofing styles on their home with the click of a mouse.

The easy to use application, available at www.MetalRoofing.com, homeowners can easily upload a photo of their home, or use a set of sample houses, to "try on" a variety of roofing styles.

Metal roofing comes in a wide variety of styles and colors, so this new tool is the perfect way to experiment before choosing your favorite look.  You can even save the photos or share them with friends to get a second opinion.

To hear why homeowners choose metal roofs, check out our YouTube channel.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bob Vila: Metal Roofs are Trending

Home improvement guru Bob Vila has a great new feature on metal roofing, and its many benefits for homeowners.  See the story here.

For more information on metal roofing, or to find a contractor in your area, please visit the non profit Metal Roofing Alliance.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Metal Roofing Myths Revealed

Angie's List founder Angie Hicks clears up some common misconceptions about metal roofing.

To learn more about choosing a metal roof for you home, visit the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance at www.metalroofing.com.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall is Here! Is Your Roof Ready for What Comes Next?

Fall is here.  With temperatures dropping and leaves turning, you should really start thinking about getting your roof ready for winter weather.  No matter what type of roof you have, you'll want to be sure it's in good shape before the first blast of arctic air.

Inspect Your Roof

Look for signs of trouble- blackened areas on the roof, which could mean you have some cracked shingles.  Look for missing or curled shingles, which would indicate that the roof could be vulnerable to the harsh winter elements.  Look around the chimney, trim and other areas where there is flashing.  Look for cracks or missing flashing.  If you see anything like this, get it repaired immediately.  If you're considering a metal roof, you can find a local contractor by visiting the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance here.

Inspecting your roof also means looking around the inside of your home.  Look up at your ceiling.  If you see water stains or other discoloration you could have a leak in your roof.  Also look carefully around all of your windows.  If you have watermarks or stains, you should re-caulk.

Clean Your Gutters
The single most important thing you can do is clean your gutters.  A gutter full of debris is a recipe for disaster.  The weight of the debris, coupled with snow and ice could rip your gutter off the house.  A full gutter could also lead to an ice dam, which will force moisture under the roofing material and create a leak.

Putting off repairs will lead to more costly repairs down the road.  Keep your family safe and sound and stay on top of repairs for your largest investment- your home. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 Ways to Increase Your Home's Curb Apeal

Why does curb appeal matter?  Home buyers look at pictures on the Internet and make split second decisions about whether they are going to call their agent about walking through a home. Eighty-five percent of buyers will view your home on the Internet prior to visiting.  Your home won't sell unless you get a potential buyer in the front door.

"When faced with a long list of possible homes to visit, many buyers will first conduct a drive-by inspection before scheduling an appointment.  You may be able to overlook the cracked and stained roof, but real estate shoppers may not," says renovation expert Bill Hippard, president of the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance .  "Even though it's probably the biggest design surface of your home, most people don't consider the impact a roof has on curb appeal."

Hippard offers the following list of 10 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal.  Even if you're not planning to sell your home, these tips can freshen up your home's exterior, and increase your own enjoyment of your home

1.  Makeover Your Mailbox

Paint or replace your mailbox.   Upgrade to a larger model if your current mailbox is on the small side.  It's a small investment that can add a new design element.

2.  Showcase Your Number

Make sure your house number is bold and easy to see from the street.   You want potential buyers (and any delivery people) to easily find your home.

3.  Add Outdoor Lighting

Consider adding outdoor lighting to your front yard.  Many lighting systems are easy to install and can highlight the architecture of any home.  You'll also help night-time real estate browsers to better see your home, and increase your security.

4.  Replace Gutters and Downspouts

If gutters and downspouts are rusty or falling off the house, replace them.  Gutters help take water away from your foundation.  Leaking gutters could lead to foundation issues, as well as termites.

5.  Dress up the Driveway

Resealing a driveway can bring it back to life.  If the driveway is in bad shape, consider replacing it with stamped concrete or decorative pavers.

6.  Upgrade Railings

Paint or replace dirty and dingy railings or replace them with decorative steel or wrought iron railings.

7.  Inspect the Roof

Review the state of your roof, and determine whether repair or replacement is needed.

You can find a checklist for reviewing your roof without a ladder here 

8.  Dress Up the Front Door

Replace old hardware and give your entry door a fresh coat of paint.

9.  Renew Exterior Paint, Siding and Trim

If your siding is in good shape, power-wash it.  Adding an accent color to the trim can also make a difference.

10.  Add Flowers

Even if you don't have a full planting bed, window boxes or planter pots add charm and color to the front of any home.  Resist the urge to use fake flowers and greenery - they'll look cheap and detract from your home's beauty.

In addition to adding to your home's overall appearance, many of these items will need to be addressed as part of a standard home inspection prior to sale, so you'll be one step closer to finalizing the deal.

For more home improvement tips, including a downloadable checklist for inspecting your roof without a ladder, homeowners can visit the Metal Roofing Alliance at www.MetalRoofing.com

Monday, June 2, 2014

Angie's List Features Metal Roofs

Angie's List, a well-known consumer rating program, recently did a national story featuring the many benefits of metal roofing.

Check out the video from WTXL ABC27 below.  If you have more questions, or would like to find a contractor in your area, visit the Metal Roofing Alliance at www.MetalRoofing.com.