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.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Discover the Benefits of Metal Roofs

This authored article by Paul Kazlov, Owner and President of Global Home Improvement and Metal Roofing Alliance Contractor Member Since 2005, explores the benefits of choosing a metal roof.

When planning any home improvement project, especially roofing, it is vital to look at the features and benefits of every option to determine which product is the best fit for your home. 

When it comes to replacing your roof, many homeowners only understand asphalt roofing and are not aware of the many benefits of a metal roof. To see if metal roofing is the right fit for your home, let’s look at some of the many benefits metal provides.



Energy Efficiency

When homeowners are asked about their home’s energy efficiency, most homeowners focus on problem areas such as windows and doors, but did you know your attic is responsible for 45% of all energy transfer in your home? That’s why it is crucial to have an Energy Star Rated Roof. Metal Roofing uses infrared reflecting paint pigments to keep your home cooler in the summer and a variety of attic insulating options to keep it warmer in the winter
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According to the EPA, low-reflectance roof surfaces reach temperatures of 150 to 190°F during hot weather and contribute to increased cooling energy use and higher utility bills. In contrast, "cool metal roofs" with high reflectance and emissivity can stay up to 70 degrees cooler than traditional materials during peak summer weather.

Longevity

One of the main reasons homeowners choose metal roofing is because of its amazingly long lifespan. Metal roofing is designed to withstand the test of time with copper metal roofs and galvanized metal roofs still functioning on homes built over 100 years ago. If you ask of your neighbors they will tell you, you’re lucky if you get twenty years out of an asphalt roof. Metal roofing is designed to last 3-4 times longer than as long a typical asphalt roof, which equates to higher resale value, less headaches and more peace-of-mind.

Wind-resistance

With the recent bouts of extreme weather, it is more important than ever to have a roof built to withstand the elements. Standing seam metal roofs are Miami-Dade County certified and able to withstand Category 4 hurricane winds, which can reach up to 160 mph! Unlike asphalt roofs, which can lose shingles in a mild to moderate wind storm, metal roofing panels interlock across the entire roof to prevent damage to any and all portions of the roof.

Curb Appeal

Many homeowners don’t consider their roof as an integral part of their home’s curb appeal, but they should. The truth is that all asphalt roofs stain and discolor, some in as little as five years, whereas metal roofing not only lasts a lifetime and many offer a long term paint finish and appearance warranty.

Metal roofing comes in a variety of different styles and color options to fit every home and design choice. For example, Metal Tile Roofs gives you the old world look of terracotta, Metal Slate Roofing replicates the elegant and timeless look of slate for less, and Standing Seam, with a rainbow of color choices, is perfect for Historic, Contemporary and Traditional homes alike.

Going Green

As if all these benefits weren't enough, metal roofing is also ecologically and environmentally friendly. Metal roofing consists of 20-40% recycled content and at the end of its very, very long lifespan is 100% recyclable. Every year, 13 billion pounds of petroleum-based asphalt shingles are put into landfills. That number is steadily increasing.

Because metal roofing is five times lighter than asphalt, it can be installed over an existing layer of shingles, without adding an inordinate amount of weight and stress to your home’s structure. This not only helps save the environment but it also helps homeowners save time and money.

With all of these benefits, why choose any other type of roof?


Paul Kazlov is a “green” home remodeling enthusiast and member of the MRA since 2005. Paul writes for the Global Home Improvement Blog and strives to educate people about “green” products such as metal roofing and solar. Follow him on Twitter@PaulKazlov.