10 Must Know Benefits Of Choosing Metal Roofing

10 Must Know Benefits Of Choosing Metal RoofingGoing with a metal roofing system for your home will benefit you and your family in many ways, both in the short and long run.

For starters, metal roofing is a much more efficient, practical, and affordable solution for preserving the integrity of your home, as well as saving you a multitude of other costs in the process.
There are many reasons why you should consider metal roofing, so read on to review the Top 10 reasons to invest in metal roofing the next time you consider repairing or replacing your current roof.

1. For starters, going with a metal roofing system means you’ll have the best roofing installation and materials in the market when it comes to preventing fires. Metal roofs, by industrial standards, are Class A which is the highest class for preventing fires, making them practically “fireproof.”

2. While competing for roof setups rely on materials like asphalt that only last an average of 15-20 years, metal roofing in almost every instance will last between 30-50 years, and in many cases will include up to a 50-year manufacturer’s warranty.

3. A metal roof is a perfect solution if you live in an exceptionally sunny or hot climate, as metal roofing will reflect UV rays and thereby prevent any UV damage and the unwanted wear and tear that comes along with it.

4. Unlike wooden or concrete tile roofs, metal roofing won’t dry out, crack, or ‘curl.’ Also consider, concrete roofing systems although quite durable, do not hold up well against freeze/thaw cycles which are a major drawback regarding stability or your roofs overall integrity or longevity.

5. A Metal Roof will retain both its strength and cosmetic appearance over the years while competing and often more expensive roofing materials will not – and also require more consistent, extensive and costly repairs from maintenance over the years.

6. If you’re looking for the most environmentally-friendly solution for your next roof, then metal roofing is the perfect solution! According to statistics, more than 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped in land-fills yearly! While metal roofs, on the other hand, are made from 56% all the way up to 95% in recycled materials.

7. Metal roofs are unique, as they can minimize labor and cost while maximizing convenience by being placed on top of current roofing setups, and for a fraction of the price of other leading inrdustry materials and brands.

8. Going with a metal roofing installation also means saved costs on insurance, as home insurance companies give preference and discounts to those with metal roofs in comparison to other materials. In fact, in the course of having to replace your asphalt shingle roofs twice over the period of 30 years, you’d still have the same, durable, and brilliant metal roof up and running just fine, for 50 years or more!

9. Metal roofs serve a great added purpose of saving you costs for heating or air-conditioning your home, as it is the industry’s leading material for effectively preserving insulation.

10. For anyone interested in investing in a metal roof it’s also worth considering that metal roofing is one of the most lightweight in the industry – at just an average of 50-150lbs per square. This means an easier and faster installation, which amounts to fewer labor costs for installation – as well as maintenance costs.

Trusting metal roofing for your next home installation repair or repair also offers many other benefits, like structuring your roof to have minimum roof pitch, which equals less of a leaking potential when it rains. The minimum metal roof pitch is 3-in-12 and is excellent for shedding away both rain and snow – as the panels interlock.

Metal roofs are also made both hard for durability, as well as slippery for keeping debris and other elements from weathering off your roof. Best of all, there are practically identical amounts of various beautiful styles of metal roofing to choose from, that will match any home or neighborhood.

Finally, metal roofing installations come with concealed fasteners which add both to beauty and weather tightness, and many have transferable warranties which mean the next owner of your home can easily obtain the same benefits and guarantee of your homes roof.

From Kynar 500 to Hylar 5000 coatings, there is a metal roofing setup for everyone in nearly any climate!

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Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL

Kidder Roofing just started a new project in Largo FL.
Roof sheathing and underlayment were replaced and new shingles will be placed in a couple of days.

Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL
Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL
Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL
Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL
Roof Replacement Project in Largo FL

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10 Benefits Of Shingle Roofing: Are Shingles The Best Solution?

10 Benefits Of Shingle Roofing: Are Shingles The Best Solution?Shingle roofs are gaining significant popularity in today’s modern homes, as well as those looking to upgrade their roofing systems without spending too much or losing out on long-term benefits of a stable, practical roof.
Below you’ll find the top 10 reasons why shingle roofing makes the most sense for your home and is in fact quite comparable to other, leading materials and roofing setups that easily cost up to four times or more of the price of shingle roofs.

1. Shingle roofs provide the perfect solution for a more aesthetic appeal, yet cost a fraction of the price of more sophisticated or costly premium material roofing like slate, clay tiles, metal, and cedar shakes. Shingle roofs require the lowest upfront costs, and because it is the most affordable short-term solution is becoming more popular. In fact, asphalt shingle roofs, for example, have an expected lifespan of at least 12 to 17 years, which is pretty fair considering the costs paid and overall quality.

2. Going with a shingle roofing setup means you’ll be able to choose from not only a comparably similar variety of colors and styles but also between organic and fiberglass tiling options.

3. A shingle roof setup will still hold up to rain and other common weather elements, and typically either include a unique mineral ‘filler’ or asphalt layer that protects and reflects both sun and rain.

4. Organic shingles are more durable than other fiberglass shingle roofing systems, yet cost much less. Customers can also invest in not only 3-Tab shingle tiles but also Laminated and Premium designs as well – making them the perfect match for both contemporary and traditional styled homes.

3-Tab shingles are practical and often come with 20-30 years of limited warranty – and can also withstand up to 60mph-70mph wind uplift which is pretty impressive. At approximately just $25-$30 per bundle, this is a very cost effective way of both protecting and giving your home the stylish appearance you desire.

5. Any average roofing contractor can install shingle roofing, which means less out of pocket costs as opposed to requiring a specialist to install your roofing system.

6. Shingle roofing systems are much lighter, which means they are not only easier to install as mentioned above, but will also cost less money, and be more flexible when it comes to windy days, which is a major plus.

7. For matching a broad range of angled roofs, shingle roofs are the perfect, versatile solution.

8. You may choose from a variety of premium grades or types of shingle roofing, such as laminated or premium. Outside of these two, you may also elect to go with a “matt design” which means both more reflection of light, as well as a more durable build that will provide an excellent cost to value for weather resistant design. Assembling shingle roofs also require no accessories or specialized labor like wall terminations, chimney, or vent flashings which mean you again save money on installation.

9. Installing a shingle roof will still give the same, desirable “3D” effect for your house without the extra costs of a more specialized, costly, and expensive to maintain roofing system.

10. Shingle roofs are designed with a Class 1 Fire Rating which means they’ll hold up very well in normal hot temperatures – within reason – although would not be an ideal choice for consistently humid and hot climates, in places such as Arizona or Florida for example.

Shingle roofs come in various, stunning color palettes, and even protect against external noise – so your home stays both safe and peaceful. Popular choices for tile roofing are Crowne Salte and Cambridge. Many shingle roofing systems also come with impact resistance (IR) and are available in at least 12 colors.

A shingle roofing setup is also perfect for steep-sloped structures, which is not as common with more premium materials like clay tiles or cedar shakes.

Best of all, tile roofs require less maintenance, and it is nowhere near as costly as competing for roofing systems. You can even walk across your tile roofing and not have to worry about breaking or caving in your roof!

So, the bigger question is, why shouldn’t you get a tile roof?

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Kidder Roofing Roof Repair Project in Clearwater FL

Kidder Roofing, an accredited roofing contractor successfully completes the roof repair project in Clearwater FL.

Kidder Roofing Roof Repair Project in Clearwater FL

Kidder Roofing Roof Repair Project in Clearwater FL

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How to Maintain Your Roof: Saving Time and Money

How to Maintain Your Roof: Saving Time and MoneyRoof maintenance does not have to be difficult, disheartening, or impossible without shelling out tons of money to cover unwanted costs. In fact, quite the contrary, regular maintenance, and a quality roof setup are more than likely to last you at least 15 to 25 years on average. And, if you’ve just purchased a new home, then, one of your first major steps should be having either someone knowledgeable you trust, or a licensed professional come out and inspect it, to prevent any future excessive costs.

Regular inspections and basic roof maintenance like cleaning out the gutters or keeping an eye on things up there can make all the difference between making or breaking your roof.

On average, a roof will cost anywhere from $10,000 – $20,000 or more, depending on the type of roof you decide to go with, and the size of your home’s roof. For starters, an excellent routine to get into is checking the condition of your roof before and after every major season change. Also, inspect the condition of your roof tiles, gutters, and look out for any anomalies right before, and after any major storm or weather change. Often, you will be able to notice things like peeling, shattered tiles, missing tiles, cracks, or granules on your own – as you’ll know your roof better than anyone else. Although, ultimately, regular roof maintenance should include you putting special precautions in places, such as gutter screens, regular cleaning, and the unclogging of any irrigation systems tied to your roof.

Other common and effective roof maintenance are regularly inspecting your ceilings and roof for any unusual or unsafe wear and tears, such as mold – or breaking and cracks which could be serious cause for concern. Often, loose bolts or flashings are the culprit and can be easily fixed or replaced for just a few dollars – as opposed to the thousands of dollars it could cost you later on.

As far as cleaning and roof maintenance goes, you may be surprised to learn that there are several Do It Yourself (DIY) methods available using simply a broom and hose to clean up. Also, moss and mold removing cleaning agents can be helpful, and, in most cases, the majority of this type of regular cleaning and maintenance can be done for a fraction of the cost of a professional. Although, for those with less experience or a lack of tools and “know-how”, results can be poor, and it may very well be more affordable to have a professional come out and do it for the sake of preventing any accidents.

Speaking of assistance, always ensure you have a partner, or a “spotter” when using a ladder, and don’t ever rest your ladder on the gutters themselves. That is, as they are typically made of a thin metal which can bend (damaging your irrigation system), and can cause you to fall off your ladder.

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How to Tell Whether You Need a Roof Replacement or a Simple Patch Up

The rooftop which shields you and your family from the elements as well as protects the interiors is that part of the home which is vulnerable to suffer the maximum damage in the long run. However, when it comes to renovating the home, most homeowners or property developers tend to focus more on revamping the inner sections, postponing upkeep of the roof. The rooftop, needless to say, is the most significant structure of your dwelling that not only shelters you from the vagaries of weather but also help maintains the market value of the residence.

So, you can afford to continue avoiding taking care of the top of your house at your own peril. But how’d you make out whether you need to opt for a routine repair job or go in for roof replacement? Of course, reroofing either partially or wholly might be rendered a futile exercise and an expensive affair if a simple patching solves the issue. However, the line that demarcates patching from replacement can get blurry sometimes and therefore it is necessary to conduct research to get to the root of the issue. There are some tell-tale indications based on which you can decide whether roof replacement would be more feasible than repairing or vice versa.

1. Has your roof become too old showing signs of decay?

The roof serves as the protective layer or shield that weathers maximum wear and tear as well as damage from inclement weather. The rooftop braves the ravages wrought by rainwater, sultriness, heat, and snow in order to keep the inside of your home comfortable throughout the year. There must have been times when a snowstorm or hurricane wrecked heavy damage to the shingles and there are signs of the rooftop creaking as it not able to keep out hot or cold air with the same effectiveness as it once used to.

In case you built or purchased your dwelling in the seventies or eighties and didn’t carry out repair jobs periodically, it is high time you started considering roof replacement.

2. Is your roof simply leaking?

Don’t get unnerved if droplets of water fall on your head or if you spot dampness on the walls of your living room. It could be that leak or leaks may have developed on the roof or under the attic beneath the rooftop. After carrying out a thorough inspection if you find that only a particular section on the top, either on the eaves or an area between the shingles (or in the loft) is leaking, only a simple patchwork that plugs the seepage will fix the problem. In such a scenario, going in for reroofing will simply not be required.

3. Keep an eye on shingles

The shingles or pebbles on the roofs of homes situated in hot climes harden up and crack over time. In case you spot this issue, you can assume that the deterioration or damage is spreading underneath. Only a roofing contractor can tell you what’s going on, so hire one.

4. Repair and save

If you spot a leak, plug the seepage without delay and start saving for a roof replacement that may become unavoidable in the future.

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Shingle Roofing Repairs and Your Wallet

Shingle Roofing Repairs and Your WalletUnderstanding shingle roofing can mean all the difference between you preserving, maintaining and repairing your roofing accordingly or reaping the consequences of neglecting to do so.

In general, roofing and shingle roofing can be quite expensive for an entire roof – although can be affordable for a simple repair or replacement of a few shingles or row.
That is, barring you’ve had your shingle roofing done by a reputable professional, in the right ways, and it hasn’t outgrown its anticipated life-span.

Homeowners will often notice that the true potential of life-span and maintenance of their shingle roofing materials will come down to the weather and conditions it undergoes over the years. Naturally, the more winds and rain-storms the more likely deterioration will take place – especially in climates where there are extreme wet, hot, and cold shifts in the temperature. This is why shingle roofing tiles are often made of different materials, dependent upon the location or your budget.

Sometimes, home-owners might find roofing shingles sprawled out over their yard or the front of their property after a big storm or other powerful weather pattern or natural disaster. This isn’t ever really a good sign, but all hope isn’t lost! Contacting a professional – as well as insurance adjuster- to come out to your home to ensure the fastening mechanisms, safety, and efficiency of your shingle roofing can make all the difference between paying a small amount of money now, or thousands of dollars (or more) later!

It’s important to ensure that if you suspect you have coverage through your home-owners insurance for such damages, that you reach out to a professional and the insurance company itself as swiftly as possible so that you maintain accountability. Make it a point to take pictures of the tiles laying in your yard or ion your property, and if possible snap photos of the damages of the roof, including from up top – if possible and safe only.

A lot of people in these types of situations fear that the reporting and filing of a claim for such an incident is going to negatively impact their homeowner’s insurance premium. While such a worry is understandable, it’s not quite as probable as one might think. In fact, an insurance company is going to likely be much more pleased with repairing a small – weather related – damage to your shingle roofing than having to replace the entire roof due to neglect, lack of maintenance, or reporting. It’s most often those that don’t maintain their home and property, account for changes or necessary repairs, or come up with questionable scenarios and claims that insurance companies seemingly reject most often

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That Tile Roof Responsibility

That Tile Roof ResponsibilityWe all love tile roofs. They’re not only attractive, but efficient, and for many a way to be nostalgic with the home’s general appearance. Tile roofing requires certain responsibilities however. There are several ways for a tile roof’s structural integrity to become compromised, and there are steps to both prevent such damage as well as repair it.
This is all done on a gradient level. Let’s realize that although there are things you can do, hiring a professional in the tile roofing industry is always a wise choice.

First of all, tile roofing is tough, but it can get damaged by weather, accidents, debris, and even animals. You don’t want objects smashing into the tiles because in some key areas of the roof, just one compromised or damaged tile can cause a cascade calling for major roofing repair. Make sure that there aren’t any overhanging trees that allow for debris from the trees to fall or allowing animals access to your roof. Believe it or not, even animals as small as squirrels can damage a tile roof by prying around and weakening the seals. Animals are curious and might find your tile roofing something worth investigating and also a means of play. Opossums, cats, squirrels and other arboreal creatures might store food or objects under the uplifted tiles. This could allow water and more debris inside. Birds can be a menace too if you live in an area where the birds get big. They can land on your roof and actually break tiles. Shooing them away often helps as they realize rest won’t be easy on your roof. Watch out also for kids and adults playing around. Some flying toys or yard toys can fall on your tile roof and cause enough damage requiring repair. If possible, keep the playful family and friends at a good distance and ask them to take special care regarding the roof.

Once you’re comfortable with the preventative measures, you now should be concerned with what to do should damage occur. Don’t try to fix things yourself if you’re not experienced. The reason being is tile roofing is specialized roofing. Installed or repaired incorrectly and it can turn into a major headache to repair. If your roofing is properly waterproofed then it calls for a professional to look at any damage that has occurred. This will ensure that if repairs are done correctly, your home or business won’t suffer from the ravages of leaks. Leaks not only damage the structure but can invite a robust environment for molds to grow which can damage the structure or compromise the health of the occupants.

So the bottom line is, a tile roof is a specialized roof. It isn’t something that anybody can just construct and repair. Knowing your responsibilities in regard to them will make for better home ownership and equity all around.

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Why A Roofing Professional is BEST

Why A Roofing Professional is BESTThere’s a lot of DIY influence videos via the internet, as well as television when it comes to home make-overs, maintenance, and repair. Unfortunately, while it does work for very few, in reality it takes an individual with a certain level of experience, credentials, and funding to really bring these ideas, or “quick fixes” to life. Most of all, take into consideration—especially when it comes to roofing—that anything that’s labeled a “quick fix” is likely just that, will not be long-term, might be cheap, but also cost you more in the long-run.

Interestingly enough, it’s worth pointing out that for the same amount of money you spend on a “cheap fix” from the local market or ‘Home Depot’, that in the end, you’ll pay just as much to hire your own professional, or will likely need that money later on for your roof when you discover that the materials you purchased and used were only one third the value or purpose of the materials that professionals use.

Before hopping up on your roof and attempting a “quick fix” take into consideration the hazards associated with such—for example how simple it’d be to fall into, through, or off your roof due to a lack of experience or understanding of how the foundation of your roof works, and how to tread or work lightly and carefully on top without causing damage. The kind of damage we’re talking here is easily into the thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars for repair. In fact, it’s even possible to cause damage to your roof and not discover it until later on, when it’s too late and the leaks have already come into your home. Even worse, such roof leaks could lead to further monetary damage, most specifically the kind in which your insurance company is unlikely to cover if and when they discover an inexperienced or unlicensed “expert” was on top applying cheap, low-grade materials in efforts to “quick fix” roof troubles.

A common setback associated with attempting to repair or maintain or roof on your own is that you’re likely to use materials contrary to the purpose, compounds, or mechanisms of other materials and technology that were used originally on your roof. In turn, this disturbs the integrity of your roofing, and can even negatively impact its total life expectancy.

Ultimately, taking all of these various variables into consideration within the dynamic of attempting roofing repair on your own, suddenly it does not seem so worth it anymore, and in turn will cause more harm than good. Don’t be misled or underestimate the true demands or roofing repair, or “quick fixes” that involve your roof, or anything else in your life for that matter that has serious professional service and maintenance needs, and elements in which you really don’t have much knowledge or experience of prior to such an attempt.

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Understanding and Expanding the Life of Your ROOF

Understanding and Expanding the Life of Your ROOFCaring for your roof does not have to be a difficult task, however it is one that is often neglected or underestimated. The material or materials used to install your roof can make all the difference in any issues with maintenance and in general, it’s total lifespan.
Technically speaking, if an under-trained or unqualified professional improperly flashed the tiles, this could lead to trouble in the short or long-term, and also be weather bound to give you issues in the future. Understandably, overtime the fasteners under your tiles go bad as well. While routine maintenance of some of these essential pieces to your roofing should be regular, it ultimately comes down to where you live, the total condition of your roof, and what you realistically expect to get out of it and for how long.

While tile materials and designs are in fact one of the most reliable and practical for roofing, this is understandably not always the case, as various climates, natural disasters, and other variables play considerable roles in the total lifespan or any issues you may have with the materials and your roofing down the line. Those in Florida find especially beneficial the usage of tiling roofing, as it adds for a dynamic, durable, and weather-resistant material that makes sense. Irrigation systems for your roof is equally important however, as outlined below, and likewise the maintenance of such holds comparable significance.

Optimizing the materials, design, and contractors or company you rely on to install your roof hands down, although quite costly in some instances, the best long-term investment for your peace of mind, safety, and longevity of your roof. Generally speaking, a good quality roof, such as made of tiling material, should last between 50 to 100 years if installed properly—excluding acts of nature or other obstructions or unexpected damages caused by man.

Take into consideration the sensitivity of tile roofs and most materials, such as the presence of individuals walking around on them, something as simple as a cable guy can actually lead to the cracking and unwanted damage to your roof if he or she is inexperienced, unacknowledged, or careless.

Proper care of tiles overtime is essential to getting the most out of your roof, requiring minimal roofing maintenance, and in turn keeping your loved ones and your family safe. Neglecting to clean the gutters is a prime example how, neglect in particular, can lead to the unwanted damage or deterioration of your roof.

To ensure your roof remains as sturdy, strong, and reliable as possible try to periodically check up on it, especially after environmentally dangerous hazards or events. Repairing or retiling your roofing post-incident can make all the difference in preservation, and minimizing total costs associated with roofing repair or restoration.

Going above and beyond to keep the environment of your roof clean, unobstructed, and easy to flow through for your tiles makes all the difference when it matters the most in terms of functionality and reliability of your roofing setup. It’s likewise equally important to ensure that you cut any trees or nearby hazards that could fall on, or otherwise damage and interfere with the integrity of your roof.

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