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Pros & Cons of Metal Roofing

Whether intended for a large industrial or commercial structure, an outdoor agricultural building, or sprucing up a family home with a fresh clean look, modern metal roofing is a great option. This article briefly delves into the big-ticket pros and cons of choosing metal roofing along with some of the basics. Let’s start by examining the basics below:

Common Materials: The most common types of metal roofing on the consumer market today are Aluminum, Copper, Corrugated, Metal Tiles, Tin, and Zinc. Each have their own appearances, pros and cons, and associated costs. 

Pricing: Prices fluctuate over time depending on open global market conditions, but generally speaking metal roofing costs will range from $5.00 to $12.00 per square foot. Of course there are cheaper options like corrugated steel with vulnerability to leaks and rust, as well as much more expensive high-end materials with hefty installation prices like copper.

Choosing Quality Manufacturers: Metal roofing should be officially tested and labeled by primary organizations like UL or FM Global to ensure performance, durability, weathering, and other environmental standards are clearly met. 

Pros of Metal Roofing

First, the biggest pro of metal roofing is it lasts longer than other roofing materials. A shingle roof for example that’s made with asphalt shingles will last roughly 15 to 20 years with decent maintenance. Rubber lasts for about 10 to 15 and architectural asphalt shingles from 25 to 30 years. Metal roofing, on the other hand, can last between 40 and 70 years with good maintenance!

Along with a much slower breakdown of materials, metal roofing is going to be far more durable – capable of taking more of a beating, like sustained gusts of 140mph, while also requiring less maintenance along the way. Three other benefits are as follows:

  • Fire Safety: Metals won’t go up in flames, spark, ignite or melt as easily as other materials, even when exposed to wildfires. 
  • Efficiency: Metals tend to reflect solar light and heat rather than absorb or conduct it, which reduces cooling or air conditioning costs by 10-25%. 
  • Going Green: Along with reducing cooling costs, metal roofing can be made of as high as 95% recycled content. When the material has run its course on the roof, it can all be recycled, whereas with other building materials waste is a common problem (an estimated $20 billion annually). 

Cons of Metal Roofing

Obviously there’s no such thing as absolutely perfect roofing material that lasts and stays looking pretty forever for next to nothing. Well, not yet anyway, so metal roofing has its challenges like any other material. The first of which is affordability, where upfront and installation costs are going to be higher. It’s going to feel like more of an investment when looking at a home or industrial/commercial structure.

Payoffs on the investment are increased property value, lower insurance rates and maintenance costs, increased longevity, and so forth. That said, other than affordability, three other common drawbacks have more to do with the type of metal chosen. 

  • Metal Behavior: If improperly installed, or if installed in large, low-quality panels, there is likely to be expansion and contraction during summer/winter seasons. During the spring and fall rain, hail, and heavy winds can be somewhat noisier than softer materials. Proper installation and better quality metal roofing really help here. 
  • Coloring Issues: Over time, repairs may be needed, but finding exact matches for existing metal roofing can be challenging. This becomes more of an issue with homeowners, when years after installing the metal roofing they decide on an extension.   
  • Overall Performance: Like any other material, metals have their weaknesses – foremost of which is water! When it accumulates or leaks serious damage can ensue. Again, this is often either due to improper installation or neglected maintenance. Then it’s important to take into consideration the grade of the metal, high or low, relative to its durability and thickness. 

And that about wraps it up in terms of the basics and pros and cons of choosing metal roofing. The magic happens when the right metal roofing product is chosen for the job, installed correctly, and maintained responsibly. 

If you need to install a metal roof on your home or business this fall, our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding is ready to assist! Reach out to our team by calling us at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your metal roofing installation needs!

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How Quality Installations Affect Your Roof

The roof is an important part of the house. It sounds silly to put it so bluntly, but it’s true. There are a lot of homeowners that know little about their roofs, including the last time any sort of repairs or installation took place. Owning a home can cause headaches for a variety of reasons, and dealing with roof issues is on the top of that list. For that reason, finding a quality team to work on your roof is crucial. The installation of your roof and its parts can really affect the health of your home, which in turn affects your wallet. Here’s why quality installations have an impact on your home’s roof:

Quality Installations Matter

There are a lot of companies that claim to know how to perform work on a roof, but do they perform quality installations? It matters, for you and your home. Here are some ways to tell if the team you’re hiring is prepared to get the job done. 

Experience is Everything

The amount of time a team has spent working on roofs can really affect the job they do. For example, any project can start to expose new concerns and issues, and crews experience plays an enormous role in how they respond to and handle these problems. To no fault of the professionals own, a roof’s shingles and prior installation can cause issues, and an experienced team won’t balk at the complications they provide. Less experienced roofing professionals might get thrown off by the extra complications, but experience is everything when it comes to roofing. 

Keep An Eye on the Little Things

When it comes to replacing a roof, it’s not all about the big details. While the entire project needs to have a plan set in place, it’s the little things that can really make or break a quality roof – literally. The small details noted by the best roofing teams can make the difference between a long-lasting job, and a roof that’ll need some extra work in just a year or two. 

A Great Roofing Team Works with You

Quality contractors and teams will meet with you, get your signature, and complete the work with an open line of communication. Communication is key on a project like a roofing installation, so make sure the team you’re working with is talking you through things every step of the way! 

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Quality installations come down to a team that knows how to get your home up to its top standard. Looking for a quality team to work on your roof? Our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding is ready to assist! Reach out to our team by filling out our online contact form or calling us at (978) 440-5020! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

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Common Mistakes Inexperienced Roofers Make

Some contractors will convince you that they know how to replace a roof, but when it comes time to complete the work, it becomes obvious that they are not well versed in the process. Keep an eye out for these 8 common mistakes amateurs roofers make! Improper installation can cost you much more than hiring a professional in the long run!

Nailing Issues

Roof shingles seem simple enough to replace, but sometimes things can get a little topsy-turvy. When nailed in improperly, the shingle and roof itself can be in danger. Exposed or over-driven nails can even cause safety concerns. If the roof’s shingles are installed incorrectly, a whole new batch of issues can pop up. 

No Drip Edge Installed

Drip edges are metal barriers on the roof, and when forgotten, you’ll notice shortly after. Other than general aesthetics, a lack of installed drip edge can lead to openings for bugs and other undesirables entering your home via gaps. Forgetting the drip edge can also lead to water running down your home’s siding and leading to mold and water damage. 

Bad Start

A bad starter section of a roof can really lead to a whole mess of problems. A good shingle foundation is necessary for a functioning roof! Ensure that your contractor is using starter shingles, or you may lose a few shingles during a particularly windy day!

Poor Roof Sloping

A lot of amateur roofers looking to do things on their own miss the mark on the slope. It’s a precise angle needed to ensure the roof does its job, so be sure your contractor gets it right, or gutters and shingles can become damaged.

Improperly Installed Gutters

Speaking of gutters, they too can cause problems if they are improperly installed. Ensure your contractor installs them with the proper support and seals the system, otherwise, your home’s siding and foundation can be exposed to serious water damage!

Misaligned Shingles

If shingles are overlapping, misaligned, or incorrectly placed onto the roof, it can be highly problematic for your home. Dripping water might be a nuisance, but major damage can come from the wrong arrangements of shingles. 

Incorrect Flashing

A major problem when installing flashing is using the wrong kind. Older flashings and low-quality builds can really cause headaches during the Spring & Winter

Lacking Leak Barrier

Vulnerable areas on the roof are protected by installing a leak barrier. When the barrier is incorrectly installed, or worse, forgotten altogether as it often happens with inexperienced roofers, your whole home is at risk.

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Reach out to our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding today to ensure none of these problems happen to your home. When it comes to an important investment like your roof, it is best to leave the installation process to professionals! If you’re in need of a roof replacement, reach out to our team today at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Most Common Roofing Mistakes

Installing a roof is a complicated process.  There are a lot of fine details that need to be kept track of in order to ensure that the roof is installed properly.  A misstep or two along the way could seriously compromise the integrity and longevity of your roof. If you’ve been wondering how you can spot an inexperienced roofer, keep reading our blog to learn about some of the most common roofing mistakes that inexperienced crews make!

Forgetting To Install The Starter Shingles

This is one of the first steps of installing a new roof, and it is vitally important to your roof’s health. Forgetting the starter shingles can result in water finding its way into your roof deck where it can cause significant structural damage. Furthermore, forgetting to install the starter shingles can result in the bottom layer of your shingles blowing away!

Improper Overhang Of Shingles

Another mistake that an inexperienced roofer will make is giving the shingles too much overhang.  While there should be a few millimeters of overhang to help guide water into your gutter system, too much overhang can lead to wind ripping up your shingle system and causing significant damage to your home.

Forgetting The Underlayment

Another mistake that an inexperienced roofer will make is forgetting to install an underlayment below the shingle system.  Underlayments provide important benefits for a roof, as they act as your roofs final line of moisture defense if water finds a way to permeate into your roofing system.

Forgetting Flashing Around Vents and in Valleys

Another installation mistake that inexperienced roofers often make is forgetting to flash around any openings in your roof like vents or your chimney, or within the valleys of your roof, which act as funnels during a rainstorm. Flashing, and counter flashing, help to keep moisture out of the openings in your roof where they could cause significant damage. An inexperienced roofer will often remember to flash around openings, but not in the valleys of your roof, which handle significant amounts of water run-off during storms.

Improper Shingle Installation

The installation issue that most homeowners likely think of is improper shingle installation. This entails a number of different issues, from too much space between shingles, to not enough, to using the wrong number of nails or putting them in incorrect locations. There are many ways to install shingles incorrectly, so be on the lookout for a variety of signs!

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There are plenty of mistakes that can be made when installing shingles, which is why it’s important to work with a roofing professional who knows how to install your roof down to the finest details. If you’re looking for an experienced roofing contractor who can install your roof the right way, our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding is ready to help! We can be reached over the phone at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing installation needs!

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Pros & Cons of Asphalt Shingles

When it comes to roofing materials, none is more universally used than asphalt shingles.  They are the most common roofing material on residential homes in the United States, and for good reason. They offer a variety of benefits for the homeowners who choose to install them. However, like any other roofing material option, they also present their own drawbacks that should be considered before installation.  Take a look at our blog to learn about the pros and cons of asphalt shingles.

Pros:

Longevity: Asphalt shingles have a variable lifespan depending on the quality of the shingles themselves, but generally, they have a competitively long lifespan.  On average, a well-maintained asphalt shingle roof will last from 20-30 years.  However, the highest quality asphalt shingles have been known to last for 50 years or more.

Ease of Installation: Generally, a contractor who installs roofs of any sort is able to install asphalt shingles.  They are one of the easiest roofing materials to install, as they are simpler to install than metal roofing, and far less fragile than slate, which is prone to cracking if you don’t know how to work with the material. This also makes it easy to find another contractor who can make repairs on your roof if need be.

Economical: If you are interested in replacing your roof on a budget, asphalt shingles are certainly your best option. Metal and slate roofing both cost twice as much as your typical asphalt shingle roof, making it the best option if you are interested in replacing your roof for a good price.

Aesthetics: When it comes to style options, no other materials can truly compare to asphalt shingles. Due to the fact that so many manufacturers produce asphalt shingles, they are available an in enormous variety of styles, colors, and even textures. If you have a particular color scheme or aesthetic in mind for your home, asphalt shingles are likely your best bet to fulfill your vision.

Cons:

Environmental Effect: If you are interested in installing a roofing option that offers environmental benefits, there are better options than asphalt roofing. Fossil fuels are used in the manufacturing of asphalt shingles, which immediately hurts their ability to be an environmentally roofing option. Furthermore, asphalt shingles account for about 5% of the United States yearly waste.  With so many shingles being thrown away at the end of their lifespans, it’s hard for asphalt shingles to be a truly green roofing option.  Hopefully as the recycling process gets better, asphalt shingles will become a green option in their own right.

Maintenance: If you are interested in installing a roofing material that you won’t have to think about once its been installed on your home, asphalt shingles are not the best option.  They require periodic maintenance to keep in good shape, from keeping debris cleared from your roof, to ensuring you take care of any moss or algae growth that occurs.

Overall, asphalt shingles are a wonderful roofing option for any home.   While they have a couple of clear drawbacks, they offer so many benefits that make them truly competitive with any other roofing material on the market.  Here at Advanced Roofing & Siding, we are happy to be able to offer our homeowners the Owens Corning line of asphalt shingles.  Owens Corning is one of the premier shingle manufacturers in North America and we are happy to be able to install their wonderful products for our homeowners.

Interested in learning more about asphalt shingles and the services we offer? Reach out to our team today by calling us at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to assisting with all of your roofing needs!

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Best Season To Replace Your Roof

When it comes to roof replacements, there are times that are better for replacing your roof than others.  You may be wondering which season is the best for replacing your roof. Take a look at our guide to learn more about the ideal time to replace your roof:

Winter

As you may have guessed, winter is the worst time to replace a roof, particularly in a snowy climate like New England.  All the snow and ice makes full roof replacements exceedingly difficult, if not downright impossible.  While you may be able to have some spot repairs done on your roof in the winter, if you need a full replacement, you’re better off waiting until the warmer months, when the materials can be properly installed. Sealants in particular won’t work as well in the winter months, and your roof could pay for it later on.

Spring

Spring time is a good time to replace your roof.  If you can set up your appointment early in the spring, you have a better chance of getting your work booked and completed in a timely manner.  For many contractors, the busy season begins around mid-April to May, so if you can book your work for late March or early April, this may be one of your best chances.

Summer

Summer can be a bit of a toss-up when it comes to completing your exterior remodeling projects.  In general, contractors busiest season runs the course of the summer, from roughly April-September, so you may have trouble getting your homes remodeling project completed quickly. Furthermore, extreme heat can make installing a roof just as difficult as frigid mid-winter temperatures.  Both extremes effect the way the sealants set, and although it shouldn’t be a concern on all but the hottest summer days, it can still be a factor to consider.

Fall

Finally, we have arrived at what is arguably the best season to replace your roof, Fall.  There are a few reasons why fall beats out the other seasons, the first of which is that the contractors busy season is typically drawing to a close.  This means that you won’t have to wait for weeks to have your work started, and once your project begins, it will be completed quickly. Another reason Fall is ideal is because of the mild weather.  Unlike early Spring, which has the tendency to be damp from both spring showers and winter precipitation, Fall is generally much drier, and the mild temperatures mean that your roof installation should be ideal for the installation, with your contractors able to work without extreme heat or frigid cold affecting the materials or the contractors themselves. Furthermore, completing your roof replacement before winter rolls around will give you peace of mind that your roof is protected from the New England weather all winter.

Have more questions about replacing your home’s roof? Reach out to our team at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form today! We look forward to helping you with all of your roofing needs!

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Why is Gutter Cleaning so Important

Cleaning your gutters is something you may not often think about – and that’s a good thing. Gutters are essential components of your home that ensure that rainwater flows from your roof to the ground without getting into your home. Here are some reasons why clean gutters are so important:

Prevent Water Damage

When a gutter becomes filled with debris and can’t function properly, rainwater backs up and can cause damage to your home by flowing over the gutter sections. Once a gutter floods, the water can get underneath the roof or trickle down the side of the house to the lower levels. This could cause rotting of the roof or siding. A clean gutter ensures easy water run-off and helps prevent water damage.

They Are a Perfect Home for Pests

A clogged gutter is often filled with sticks, leaves, and other debris from nearby trees. This kind of environment is attractive to certain insects and rodents who often take up residence in the mucky build-up. Keeping the gutters clear of these materials will discourage critters from moving in.

Bracket Damage

Clogged gutters are heavy. Over time, the weight of your gutters may cause stress to the brackets holding it in place. This could lead to damage and could cause your brackets to fail.

Protect Your Foundation

If your gutters end up flooding, water could seep into the ground along the side of your home. Once this water freezes, it could expand and create cracks in the foundation.

To keep your gutters clean, follow these useful tips:

  • Clean them at least twice yearly. If your house has lots of surrounding trees, you may want to clean more frequently to prevent clogging.
  • Consider hiring a professional. While many people choose to clean their gutters themselves in order to save money, a professional will do a thorough job that could save you money in the long-run. They can locate a problem and address it before it becomes more complicated. Moreover, by hiring a professional, you can avoid the risk of incurring ladder-related injuries.
  • Consider installing a gutter guard. Gutter guards will reduce the frequency of your cleanings by preventing debris from entering the gutter. You will still find some debris in your gutter but the amount will be much less than without a gutter guard. You may only need to clean your gutters every one to three years.
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Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Are you looking to replace your home’s roofing? If this is your first foray into roofing options, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of finishes and styles available to choose from. Metal roofing has become increasingly popular over the years and is now a stylish and modern way to give your home a new look. But as with any materials, there are pros and cons to metal roofs that you should be aware of before embarking on its installation.

One of the best things about a metal roofing is the expected lifetime of a metal roof. Most average roofs will need to be replaced every 20 years, but a metal roof can last up to 70 years with only small paint touch ups along the way. This can pay off in the long term if you’re planning on staying in your home for several decades. Additionally, a significant benefit is its rain and snow resistant properties. Unlike a regular shingled roof, metal roofing smoothly and efficiently can shed rain and snow — even massive amounts — thanks to the hard and slippery surfaces. Speaking of natural elements, metal roofs are also fire resistant, providing external protection from fire. Metal roofs can also help improve your home’s energy efficiency by reflecting solar radiant heat. This can help decrease your electric bill anywhere from 10 to 25 percent and will lower your overall HVAC use as well.

There are plenty of positives that could lead you to install a metal roof, but as with most things, there are some drawbacks that you should consider. While a metal roof lasts longer than a regular shingled roof, it can cost more money to install too. It costs like other high-end finishes that can range from $150 per square foot up to $600 per square foot. Additionally, a metal roof naturally produces more noise. While some may like the romantic sound of rain on a metal roof, others may find it bothersome. There are plenty of insulation tactics you can use to ensure noise is absorbed as well.

If you’re considering replacing your traditional roof with a metal roof, there are plenty of benefits that make it an excellent choice. Talk with a professional contractor to determine if a metal roof is a good choice for you.

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How to Protect your Home from Winter Roof Damage

Winter in Massachusetts can be brutal; it is essential to check your roof to prevent any snow and ice damage to your roof. We’ve come up with some helpful tips to be prepared for roofing issues when the weather starts becoming more severe.

Roof Inspections.
If you have not done so already, now is the time to have a roofing professional to inspect your roof. An inspector should be able to discover any weakness and provide suggestions before the damage worsens from winter storms. A good tip is to have a second roof inspection to find and correct all winter damage. It’s better to be safe.

Hail and Storm Damage.
There is only so much you can do when it comes to hail or storm damage, but there are ways to fix any further damages such as; overhanging tree branches, weaken shingles or cracked caulk and tar.

Preventing Roof-Collapse.
When the snow starts piling up on your roof, it creates pressure and can potentially weaken your shingles with its weight, especially when wet snow and ice are compact. We recommend hiring a professional to remove any snow from your roof.

Preventing Ice Dams.
Cleaning out gutters before winter officially arrives, dousing the eaves with salt brine, and clearing excess snow off the eaves before it can freeze can all help. Otherwise, you can better insulate your attic and turn down the heat to minimize ice dams.

By taking care to prevent wintertime roof damage, you will extend the life of your roofing and protect your home from roof-collapse and water damage. The return-on-investment is well worth the cost.

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6 warnings you need a new roof

Most homeowners figure they need to repair or replace their roof once they spot a leak in their ceiling. A leak could be caused by different roofing problems. So, how do you determine if you need to repair or replace your roof problems? We wrote some helpful tips for you to pay attention to:

  1. Roof Age. Most professionals would agree that a typical roof will last for 20-25 years. Check how old your existing roof is if it was properly installed and ventilated. If you discover layers on top of your old roof, then chances are you need a new roof.
  2. Shingles Curling. The best way to see if your roof shingles are curling or deteriorating is from direct sunlight. If you notice shingles are losing its shape and quality, it could be possible that the roof is defective. Hire a local contractor to inspect your roofs.
  3. Roof Valleys. If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s essential to get this fixed right away. Snow and rain flow through the valley and into the gutters. Failing to amend the issue will cause roof leaks.
  4. Missing Shingles. Shingles can take a beating from storms and severe weather, but if they are not installed correctly, can ultimately cost you dearly.
  5. Chimney Flashing. Another critical area you should be concerned about when inspecting your roofs. Your flashing.
  6. Shingle granules in the gutters. One of the most important home maintenance checklists is cleaning out any debris in your gutters. If you notice any Shingle granules inside, this is a common sign that your shingles are worn out and will need to be replaced.

If you noticed a problem on your roof, then consider hiring Advanced Roofing & Siding to take a look and provide information that you need to help better understand your roofs.

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