A more affordable way to change the look of your home
So even if the roof is in good shape, it might be time to start considering a new roof. All it takes is a small leak during a Pacific Northwest winter and spring to cause big water damage in the home. Finally, a new roof may be discussed during a remodel. While most homeowners don’t change the architecture of their home, a new roof may be part of a whole-home updating.
With aluminum roofing, you will give your home an immediate facelift. It can be added to almost any type of roof, either as an accent or as the entire roof. The best part? These roofs are made to last for one hundred years, are very low-maintenance, and look great.
Start From Scratch? Not So Fast.
In the case of a smashed roof, homeowners have no choice but to rebuild the roof, including a complete tearing down of the existing roof. That means the rest of the roof, underlayment, and roof decking must be removed before installing the new roof.
In some cases, there’s no pressing need to tear off roofing that’s already in place. If the home’s roof is still in good shape, Mountaintop Metal Roofing can install aluminum roofing over the existing layer of shingles. This is known as an overlay or a re-roof.
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Pros and Cons
The biggest advantage of re-roofing a home is the cost. The existing roof doesn’t have to be torn off, which means the existing roofing material doesn’t need to be replaced. Less labor, less material, and less time all make this an attractive choice for many homeowners.
An issue with re-roofing a home with another type of material is the overall weight of the material. Even a few layers of asphalt shingles can begin to put extra strain on the structure of the roof. That isn’t an issue with aluminum roofing – it’s the lightest roofing material on the market.
However, an overlay isn’t an option in every case. If ice or water has damaged the existing roof in any way, it will have to be addressed before the installation of a new roof. Placing a good roof over the bad just hides the problem. This means the new roof won’t last as long because the structure underneath will continue to rot away.
Roof materials are key
The type of roofing will also be an issue. Standard asphalt, architectural, or composite shingle roofing is the best candidate for an overlay because it’s uniform, flat, and relatively thin. Cedar shakes may be an option, depending on their profile.
Clay, cement, or slate tiles are bad options because they can break during the overlay installation of the new roof. This affects the uniformity of the roof and will cause settling that undermines the integrity of the new roof.
Professional Metal Roof Installation
While an overlay can save you money, it’s just not a feasible choice in many cases. Additionally, not many roofing contractors are familiar with the complexities of metal roofs. It’s not that it is difficult to install, but the process is different from traditional roofing, especially during a re-roof.
No matter what your decision is, make sure you choose a professional, experienced roofing contractor when choosing aluminum roofing. If installed incorrectly, they could be doing more harm than good to your home. It may look great, but improperly fastened roofing – no matter the material – will lead to multiple leaks.
Mountaintop Metal Roofing has more than 20 years of experience working with aluminum roofing. In fact, it’s all we work with! We understand the process, follow all building codes, and offer a wide variety of styles and colors in roofing, including cedar shake, slate, and standing seam profiles.
A metal roof adds a touch of elegance to your home while offering near maintenance-free beauty for one hundred years. Mountaintop Metal Roofing offers a lifetime warranty on all installations, even overlay or re-roofing jobs. Looking to update the curb appeal of your home? Contact us today for a free estimate.
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