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Metal & Steel Roofing Benefits

Metal & Steel Roofing Benefits

If you are considering buying metal roofing for your home, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of metal against other more common roof materials, such as asphalt, wood, and tile. Here is a close look at some of the benefits of steel, aluminum, and other metal roofing.

Steel and metal beats out conventional roofing materials for a number of reasons:

Expected life

Properly installed, a metal roof should last as long as the house, sealing out water, surviving high winds, and easily shedding snow. Metal is resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. Warranties vary widely, but most companies back their products for 20 to 50 years. Paint finishes typically have a 30-year limited warranty.

Weight

Compared with tile at 750 pounds per square (an area equal to 100 square feet) or concrete tile at 900 pounds per square, metal roofing is lightweight. Most varieties run from 50 to 150 pounds per square.

Some types of metal roofing materials may be applied over an existing roof without the need for tear-off or additional structural support. In fact, if you’re building a house or an addition, you can often downsize or reduce the number of roof support members.

Speed & ease of roofing installation

Most metal roofing materials come in multiple-shingle sections or in 12- to 36-inch-wide panels. An accomplished contractor can install these quickly. If your roof is stripped off and a storm is on the way, shortening the process by a day or two may have a critical advantage.  Because of the material’s lightweight, you can save on engineering and building structure.

Fire resistance

Because metal roof materials are noncombustible, they typically have a Class A fire rating (the most resistant). But part of a roof’s overall classification depends on materials beneath the surface that could ignite in intense heat. Most metal roofs applied to a combustible material such as wood shingles have a lower, Class C rating.

Heat conduction

Metal reflects radiant heat from the sun, minimizing midday heat gain. This means you save energy needed for air conditioning during the day. Though the material itself is low in insulation R-value, many systems utilize a dead-air space between the metal and roof deck to increase energy efficiency.

Minimum roof pitch

Most metal roofing materials can be installed on gently pitched roofs without presenting a leaking potential. Minimum roof pitch is 3-in-12 (the roof rises 3 inches for each horizontal foot).

Maximum shedding of rain and snow

Metal roofing is practically impervious to rain and snow because of the way the panels interlock and because the surfaces are hard and slippery.

There are plenty reasons and many benefits for installing a steel or metal roof.  Steel roofs have become more advanced and superior than shingle roofs over the last few years. Give your home a long-term investment and saving on your energy bills. Contact Superior Steel Roofing for all your roofing needs, call 1-888-617-ROOF for a FREE quote today!

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Different Types of Metal Roofing Materials

Different Types of Metal Roofing Materials

The word “metal” covers a lot of ground when it comes to metal roofing materials. Steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and zinc alloys are all materials used for metal roofing. Each has different properties that affect durability, price, and appearance.

Conventional Metal Roofing Materials

By far, the most common materials used for metal roofs are steel and aluminum.

Steel Roofs

Used for most metal roofing, is heavier and sturdier than aluminum. Manufacturers have settled on a number of durable coatings and finishes that protect steel from rust and corrosion. Steel is usually zinc-coated for corrosion protection and then sealed. A coating of epoxy primer offers adhesion and a baked-on acrylic top coating adds color and protection. Because sheet systems are designed for commercial applications, they generally are given highly durable paint finishes. One popular fluorocarbon coating used on many products is called Kynar.

Aluminum Roofs

Extremely lightweight, is used for some residential metal roofing. It won’t rust, but it must be painted or coated for appearance. Coatings are similar to those used on steel. Aluminum is a very soft metal, so it dents and mars easily and isn’t nearly as rigid as steel. Environmentalists have expressed concerns about using this precious resource for purposes such as roofing.

High-End Metal Roofing Materials

Other forms of metal roofing are also available but can be very expensive. They provide stunning roofs on high-end homes.

  • Copper metal roofing – rooted in centuries of use, will not rust, has no “finish” to scratch or peel, is soft enough to easily tool, and weathers naturally to a beautiful verdigris patina. Unfortunately, it’s extremely expensive.
  • Alloy roofing products – are formulated for strength, graceful weathering, and durability. Cost depends on the specific material, but, as a group, they are pricey.
  • Stainless-steel roofing – a very expensive roofing material, won’t rust or corrode. Terne coating can give it a natural matte-grey finish.

If you’re looking for a professional metal and steel roofing, contact Superior Steel Roofing. They carry a large selection of high-quality metal material that will make your roof lasts 3 times longer than asphalt shingles. Call 1-888-617-ROOF to get your FREE quote today!

3 Reasons to Install Metal Roofing

3 Reasons to Install Metal Roofing

Installing a metal roof over your existing asphalt shingles is a great idea if you’re looking for more convenient and durability. There are a few notable benefits to this common method of installation, and it can save a lot of time and money in the process. After all, the money you would normally spend on removing and disposing of old asphalt shingles could be used to purchase high quality metal roofing.

If you’re concerned homeowner looking to learn more about your metal roofing and installation methods, here are a few of the advantages of this approach:

Added Layer of Defense

One way of getting this job done involves running a new underlayment to completely cover the existing roof, and then placing the metal roof on top of that. This doesn’t just provide a convenient buffer between layers; it acts as a second line of defense if water manages to make its way under the metal layer

Increased Energy Efficiency

Installing a metal roof over asphalt shingles also helps increase energy efficiency. This is particularly good news for the R-Value or thermal resistance of your home. The higher this capacity is the more effective your insulating power will be.

Environmentally Friendly

As efficiency goes up, waste goes down. Letting an old roof stay in place will keep you from needing to fill up nearby landfills with old asphalt shingle materials. It’s hard to argue with the combination of saving money and being considerate to the environment.

As long as there are no signs of leaks or existing weight issues, placing a new metal roof over shingles is a viable and cost-effective option. Of course, every roof should be evaluated on an individual basis. Contact Superior Steel Roofing for professional metal roofing contractors in the Southern Ontario region.

Interlock Winter Care Tips

Interlock Winter Care Tips

Winters can be pretty harsh with extreme temperature fluctuations, massive snowfalls, and use of salts on the streets and driveways. Interlock driveways and walkways end up being much more reliable than asphalt in our Canadian winters.  Over time road salt can lead to corrosion, interlock discoloration or even break down some of the interlock material. However there are still a few things you can do prevent damage or degradation and keep it looking new. Here are the top winter care tips to keep your interlock well maintained:

Don’t use road salt

Use a branded ice melter product on the market. Look for ones that are specifically designed for concrete pavers and brick and one that is non-corrosive.

Clean your interlock

During the warmer months, and following a harsh winter, cleaning your interlock can be as easy as using your pressure washer to remove some of those winter stains and salt buildup.

Add sand to your base

Interlock is laid with a base layer and sand. Sand helps protect your interlock from cracking from impact or natural ground shift by cushioning it. After the the snow melts, some sand can be washed away. To help protect your brick or stone, buy a special type of sand and spread it over your interlock and sweep the sand and joint sand into the paver joints. This will ensure it’s longevity.

Repair brick pavers

Following the freeze/thaw cycle of winter, you can potentially have a couple of heaved or raised pavers in your walkway or driveway. Don’t fret. The interlocking brick pavers will reset after the winter frost is fully gone. Pavers that are raised or heaved will go down. The pavers that are down won’t likely come up though. Therefore, you will have some type of brick paver repair that needs to be addressed.

Keep your driveway and hardscaping looking its best wit interlock brick, which  can be used and installed in any climate. Snow can still be plowed or shoveled like asphalt or concrete driveways. Unlike common asphalt driveways, interlocking pavers will not crack due to winter work and activity. If you’re looking to upgrade your driveway contact Synergy Contracting for all your landscaping, driveway, and patio home needs!

5 Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

5 Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

For most homeowners, the world of window replacement is a complete mystery. In many cases, it can be pretty obvious when it’s time to replace your windows, but in other situations, it’s harder to tell. If you’re on the fence, these 5 signs should give you a clearer indication as to whether or not it’s time to get the ball rolling.

You find them hard to open and shut.

Hinges and latches can rust over time and window frames tend to shift preventing the window sash (the movable panels that forms the frame) from moving. These types of problems generally necessitate a full replacement as opposed to a repair.

The glass feels cold to the touch.

While single-pane windows will always feel cold to the touch regardless of their condition, the double-paned variety should only feel moderately cold even if it is very cold outside.

You have a high energy bill.

If you are finding your energy bill to be abnormally high despite having repaired your windows, it might be time to invest in new ones.

You feel drafts in your home.

Even small fractures in the glass of your window and cracks in the frame can let in a chilly breeze in your house in the winter.

Painting and repairing them would not fix the problem.

Evaluate the condition of your windows. If the paint is peeling and the wood looks like it’s rotting and falling apart, it becomes more cost-effective to replace the windows rather than try to salvage them.

If you’re in the Burlington area and notice these signs, it’s probably time to replace your windows. Head to the Custom Window Designs to get a free quote on your new replacement windows.

Is Crown Molding Right for Your Home?

Is Crown Molding Right for Your Home?

Crown moldings are a traditional architectural style that will never go out of fashion. These features add a touch of class and can make any room in your home feel that much more cultured.

But is your home right for crown molding?

How tall are your ceilings?

You may be asking yourself if your ceilings are tall enough for crown molding. The truth of the matter is that, unless your ceilings are unusually low, crown molding will still look as traditional and beautiful as ever regardless of your ceiling height. It will add texture and depth to your ceiling, making low ceilings feel taller.

Will crown molding fit my home’s style?

Crown molding has come a long way, especially over the last few decades. No longer is crown molding restricted only to intricate designs, and traditional features. Today you are sure to find the perfect crown molding to match your home’s style, whether your home is more traditional or modern.

Can you afford crown molding?

Crown molding is now more affordable than ever before. You’ll find the right molding to match any style, and fit any budget at Crown Cornice.

Make a statement

Crown moldings make your home look and feel more upscale, and even suggest that the building itself is traditionally crafted, and solidly built.

Get crown molding fit for a a King & Queen, contact Crown Cornice to lift your home’s beauty.

Tips for Better Door and Window Casings

Tips for Better Door and Window Casings

Door and window casings can set the mood for an entire room. They are capable of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, and so-so into so beautiful.

What are door and window casings?

Casings are molding that goes around the perimeter of your doors or windows. They are installed both inside and outside your home. The job of exterior window casings is, first and foremost, to keep the wind, rain, and snow outside where it belongs. Of course exterior window casings also can have a huge impact on the curb appeal of your home.

Inside of your home, door and window casings are usually exclusively for aesthetic purposes.

Door and window casing tips

Door and window casings can define a room, so it is worth spending a bit of time to make sure that you get the right design to fit your home. Follow these window and door casing tips and you’re sure to hit the right note:

  • Match the molding: make sure that you take into consideration the molding in the room. This includes crown molding. Your molding doesn’t need to be identical, but it should definitely not clash!
  • Take into account the function of the room: having ornate window and door casing on a functional room, or a kid’s bedroom, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. You want the casing to match the purpose of the room.

Match the mood. More importantly, make sure that your door and window casings match the style of the room, including: the architecture, furniture, colours, and flooring. If you’re looking for great window and door casings, contact Crown Cornice to make your home fit for a king!