May 15, 2013

Rain on a tin roof?

This winter, I noticed some black “smudges” on our garage ceiling.  I didn’t worry much about it because, well, it’s a garage and I figured that we, or the previous owners, had probably rubbed something against the ceiling while trying to maneuver it.  I mentioned it to Big Daddy and he agreed that there was something there, but didn’t know what.  He said he’d climb up and check it out.  He never got a chance.  A few days later, a huge strip of dry wall tape had released from the ceiling.  The black smudges? Mold.

Of course under further review, the previous owners must have had a water problem too.  They masked it by repainting the area the mold was growing in.  Thanks, Previous Owners!!

Anyhow, we had some people out.  We talked to them.  Our contractor pointed out where he thought the water was probably coming in but said, sadly, that the roof’s major problem was poor workmanship.

Great.

Thankfully, the insurance agreed that the problem causing the leak was weather related and they’re covering more than half of the replacement, which is great.

Big Daddy and I spent some time talking and decided that we were going to replace our traditional shingled roof with a metal roof.

We live in a neighborhood with traditional homes.  OUR home is a traditional home.  We spent weeks agonizing over the color, but decided for the price and the benefits, we couldn’t NOT go with a metal roof.

A long time ago, I asked my friend who worked for Roof Top Services in Orlando, Florida; So, why metal roofs? Apparently they’ve doubled in popularity over the past five years.  Here’s a few reasons why you might want to consider metal roof when it’s time to replace your roof.

Our roof is Energy Star compliant.   What does that mean?  The reflective coating of the roof will lower our cooling costs by 10-15%.  Energy Star roofs also qualify for a 10% tax credit up to $500 of material costs.

Metal roofs will “last a lifetime” and are virtually maintenance free.  We have a 40 year guarantee on our roof.  That’s more than double the expected lifetime of a traditionally shingled roof.

Steel roofs are fire resistant, a big plus for those of you in dry, hot climates.

A metal roof could reduce your home insurance rates.  Statistically, metal roofs sustain less fire and wind damage than traditional asphalt roofs.

Metal roofs suffer less hail and wind damage than traditional roofs.

Another great benefit, is that many metal roofs are made from recycled materials and are superior at allowing for rain water collection, if you’re into that.

I’ll update you as to how much rain we’re lucky enough to hear.

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