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Roof Leak Repair Cost: What to Expect in 2022

The average cost to repair your roof is $950. This can range in cost from as low as $100 to a couple thousand for more major repairs. Even so, this is just a tiny piece of the roof repairs puzzle.  Costs, repairs, timelines— everything directly depends on many factors for how much it’s going to cost and how long it will take to do repairs. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a guide on what to expect for roof leak repair costs in 2022, so there are no surprises. What Causes Roof Leaks? Storms, wind, debris, rodents— all of the above can cause your roof to leak. But your roof is pretty strong, so it does take something quite strong or persistent to damage it enough to leak. Some examples of roof leak causes include: Hail Damage While your roof is tough, hailstones can cause serious damage. If you live in an area where hail is common, your roof may be more susceptible to leaks. Also, contrary to popular belief, hail does not need to be golf-ball-sized to damage your roof. If the wind behind the hail is fast enough, the impact of smaller hailstones can be enough to dent or even crack your shingles. Wind Damage The wind is often the root cause of roof damage and leaks. Shingles can be ripped off by high winds, leaving your roof vulnerable to the elements. The wind can also lift your shingles, pulling out the roofing nails, and they lay back down once the storm passes.  This can be especially bad since the roof may look normal but is quite damaged under the surface and can cause a slow-growing leak. If you experience a strong wind storm, it might be worth getting an inspection. Infestation Animals like squirrels and mice can find their way into your roof through the smallest access point. While newer roofs in good condition may not be as likely, these animals can chew through just about anything, and if you don’t regularly check your roof for signs of infestation, you might be at risk of bigger issues down the road. Ice and Snow Ice and snow can cause damage to your roof in a few ways. The first is the weight of the ice and snow itself, which can put too much pressure on your roof and cause it to collapse. The second way is through the expansion and contraction of the ice as it melts and refreezes. This can cause cracking and leaks in your roof. Age As your roof ages, it experiences decades of wear and tear from the elements. Eventually, the integrity of your roof can get worn down enough to leak. In this instance, roof repairs may not be your best option; instead, a replacement may be the best way to remedy any damage or leaks. Common Minor Roof Repairs All of the above can cause a wide range of issues, from leaks to high energy bills— and if you’re lucky, your roof repairs are minor and affordable. Some may even be DIY-friendly, and savvy homeowners can handle repairs on their own. Some of the most common minor roof repairs you can make include patching a hole, replacing a missing shingle, or re-insulating your attic. These repairs likely cost under $1,000 and can get your roof back in shape in a day. Some of the most common minor roof repairs include: Replacing a missing or damaged shingle Clearing out the gutters Re-insulating the attic/roof Removing ice dams Patching a hole Examples of More Major Roof Repairs Fixing a roof leak as soon as you notice it is key to mitigating any further damage. If left unaddressed, a roof leak can cause water damage, mold, and structural damage to your home. Some more major roof repairs might include: Replacing the flashing Fixing damaged gutters Replacing large sections of shingles Replacing the roof decking or underlayment If you’re unsure of what caused your roof leak or the severity of the damage, it’s always best to consult with a professional. They will be able to assess the damage and help you determine whether you need a minor repair or a more major fix, including roof replacement. How Much Do Roof Leak Repairs Cost? As we stated, roof repairs can bring a wide range of costs, so knowing how much certain repairs might cost can help you plan ahead for when the inevitable happens. Minor Roof Leak Repairs $20-500 Minor repairs might include patching a small hole, replacing one shingle, or re-caulking an area to make it waterproof. These repairs require minimal training or expertise and take one quick trip to the hardware store for a few supplies. You can often make a minor roof leak repair for just a couple of bucks with a roof patch. Moderate Roof Leak Repairs $500-$5,000 More moderate roof leaks include larger patches or a multi-shingle replacement. These may or may not have leaked into your home and affected the underlayment or flashing, which may also need to be replaced. Severe Roof Leak Repairs $5,000-$10,000+ More severe roof leaks may be due to spreading over time or from massive damage to your roof from a severe storm. These may often result in a roof replacement vs. repair, but you may consider repair if your roof is newer or under warranty. Factors That Determine the Cost of Roof Repairs Many factors can affect how much your roof repair will cost you. Don’t be shocked if you have a giant patch to repair and get a big estimate for repairs— the smaller the repair, the smaller the bill. Some of these determining factors include: The Size of Your Roof The larger your roof, the more materials you’ll need for repairs, driving up the cost. Since materials are often priced by the square foot, and labor is charged by the time or extent of repairs, the size of your roof and the repairs can really drive up costs. The Slope or Pitch The

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Roof Leaks? [2022 Guide]

People often ask: Does homeowner’s insurance cover roof leaks? Short answer: yes! But it depends on many factors. For example, if you damaged your shingles trying to hang holiday lights— probably not. But if a large tree branch fell on your roof during a storm— most likely. But the only way to know for sure is to get a professional inspection of your roof leak. First, there are a few things you should know. What Are The Signs of a Roof Leak? A roof leak is often not as obvious as one may think, especially to the untrained eye. So before you ever begin filing an insurance claim, you’ll want to be sure you have an actual roof leak (or roof damage). For a homeowner without experience in roofing, this can prove challenging. But if you can notice any of the following signs, you have a good reason to contact a roofer regarding a potential leak. Water stains on your ceiling or walls. Water stains are a prime indicator that you have a roof leak. Whether or not that leak is large enough to show right away or has been growing over time may not be as apparent. But if you notice a water stain on your ceiling, you should get your attic inspected to mitigate further damage. Shingles that are cracked, missing, or damaged in any way. Severe storms that bring hail or strong winds can quickly lift or damage shingles at a moment’s notice. Any sort of noticeable damage to your shingles is the first and early sign that you may have a roof leak on your hands—even if you don’t notice water in your home’s interior. A musty smell in your attic (this could also be a sign of mold). While attics can trap moisture for other reasons, such as an old roof or poor insulation, it can also be a sign that water has been seeping into your attic space for any amount of time. Actual water dripping from your ceiling. Water dripping from your ceiling (of the attic or interior) is a big red flag and means you have a large and immediate roof leak. You can quickly stop further damage by using buckets or tarps to catch the water, but this would call for an emergency repair from a local roofer. Deflated insulation. If your attic has fiberglass insulation and your roof is leaking, that insulation can absorb that water and flatten it right away. Checking your insulation periodically not only can find leaks quickly, but you can ensure your attic is adequately insulated and prevent spikes in energy bills. Increased energy bills. Speaking of energy bills, a large roof leak can allow heat or cold to escape, which can cause an immediate or gradual increase in heating or cooling bills. While these symptoms are not the end all be all of roof leaks, they are some of the most common tell-tale signs of one and can trigger you to act appropriately. The sooner you catch a roof leak, the better off you are mitigating further water damage and even more expensive repairs. While filing an insurance claim or hiring a professional is a better way to care for roof leaks, you can remedy the situation quickly with a few quick DIY tips. The Pros and Cons of DIY Roof Leak Repair DIY roof repair can help mitigate further damage quickly, but it can also void warranties or make issues worse. So be very mindful when attempting to fix any roof leak. Weigh your options first, and when in doubt, file a claim through your insurance to get a professional repair. The Benefits of DIY Roof Repair Get the job done quickly Save time and money Avoid the hassle of working with your insurance The Drawbacks of DIY Roof Leak Repair More difficult to find the source of the leak Can cause more damage if not done correctly May void your roof’s warranty Requires some level of experience While DIY roof repair is technically an option, we recommend filing a proper insurance claim and/or having a reputable contractor like Apple Roofing handle the job for you. We know how to pinpoint roof leaks and act accordingly to ensure there are no further issues while also maintaining the integrity of your roof and making sure warranties still apply. How Do Home Insurance Companies Handle Roof Leaks in General? Because roof leaks are frequently caused by strong winds or large hail in a storm, chances are high they fall under the 40% of insurance claims made per year by homeowners. But roof leaks aren’t always covered by insurance. In fact, insurance companies can be pretty stingy when it comes to paying out for roof leaks—based on several factors. An insurance claim for a roof leak will likely be denied when : the roof is too old the leak is caused by general wear and tear failed DIY repairs cause the leak lack of maintenance leaves the roof in poor condition old damage is ignored and becomes worse This doesn’t mean your roof leak won’t be denied, however. Newer roofs that have experienced sudden and accidental roof damage that causes a leak should be covered under a standard homeowners insurance policy. So if you want to ensure your homeowner’s insurance policy will cover a potential roof leak, make sure you’re up-to-date on your roof maintenance. This means regularly cleaning your gutters, getting an annual roof inspection, and making repairs as needed. Also, make sure you thoroughly read through your insurance policy when you sign it so that there are no surprises like a denied claim when you need it most. What is Typically Covered Under a Standard Homeowners Insurance Policy? Insurance can be complicated. And you shouldn’t assume anything that happens on your property will be covered under insurance. It’s far more extensive and sensitive than that. We mean that the dwelling portion of your insurance policy will often cover perils such as wind, fire, and

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Apple Roofing Partners with Triad, Inc.

For more than a decade, Triad, Inc. has been offering residential and commercial insurance restoration services – including roofing, siding, gutters, and replacement windows – to homeowners and businesses in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. The acquisition adds significant talent and capabilities to Apple’s presence in the central Midwest.

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11 Best Roof Repair Tools for 2022 [Homeowners Guide]

While hiring a professional roofer is highly important for getting your roof correctly installed, many minor roof repairs are well within the realm of DIY homeownership. If your roof is older and outside of warranty, there’s really no reason you couldn’t repair a minor leak or roof issue to buy some more time—as long as you have the proper tools to get the job done. Common Types of Roof Repairs There are plenty of minor roof repairs that a savvy homeowner can remedy. Some common shingle repairs might include: Broken shingles from bad weather Lifted shingles from wind, which just need to be nailed back down Granule loss from hail or large debris Curling or missing shingles Repairs to your shingles are easy enough if you just need to replace a shingle or two. Larger-scale projects should be referred to the pros. Other types of common DIY-friendly roofing repairs involved: Replacing flashing Replacing or fixing gutters and downspouts Filling a small leak in the roof with caulk or a roof patch Re-insulating the attic or improving ventilation Today, we will help you manage your DIY roof repair with this essential list of tools, plus when to hire a pro if the job is too advanced. Take notes, homeowners, so you can feel the satisfaction of a successful roofing repair. The 11 Best Tools for Roof Repair Repair jobs are only as good as the people and the tools used to get it done. As professional roofers, we know what it takes to make even minor repairs run smoothly or not. Below is a list of the best roofing tools and materials you need for your DIY roof repair. 1) Safety Gear & Fall Protection Kit The first and most important thing you need for any roofing job is safety gear and a fall protection kit. We can’t stress enough how dangerous it is to work on a roof without taking proper safety precautions. At the very least, you should have a harness and some type of anchor system to keep you tethered to the roof if you lose your balance. The Guardian Fall Protection Kit is a great option. You should also wear safety gloves, goggles, and proper footwear. Some non-slip ankle work boots are your best bet to easily navigate up on your roof securely. And gloves and goggles will protect you from nails, staples, or other sharp objects used during roof repair. 2) Something to Carry Your Tools A good tool belt will be a lifesaver when working on any DIY project— particularly on the roof. A tool belt can also be a safety measure as you limit your movement up on the roof and getting up and down on the ladder. Keeping the necessary tools on your person makes the job safer and faster. Boulder Tool Belts are what the pros use and are some of the best, most comfortable tool belts for contractors. 3) Shingle Remover Tool A shingle remover or roof rake will help quickly remove large amounts of shingles. While minor roof repairs may require just removing one shingle or one strip of shingles, having a shingle remover tool on hand can be helpful for bigger jobs. Bully Tools is a household name and has a great, 10-gauge steel roof remover tool that the pros recommend. 4) Utility Knife A basic retractable utility knife comes in handy with just about any DIY project around the house, particularly with roof repairs. The utility knife will allow you to quickly remove caulk, cut openings, or even reshape or resize a shingle to fit without getting down off the ladder. 5) Tape Measure or Laser Tool A tape measure or laser measuring tool will be an essential tool for measuring any roof repair job before you start. You’ll want to know exactly how big of an area you’re working with and the size of individual shingles, nails, and more. A digital tape measure like the one from eTape16 is a favorite of contractors for its precision and convenience. 6) Hammer Tacker If you’re going to be doing any roofing repairs that involve installing new shingles, you will need a hammer tacker. The hammer tacker will help secure the shingle in place while you work and give you more power than just using a regular hammer. This one from Dewalt works excellent for manual tacking if you need a quick staple to hold something in place. 7) Chalk Line Kit The last thing you want to do is install your new shingles crooked. That’s where a chalk line kit can come in handy. Instead of eyeballing your measurements, a chalk line is an easy way to lay a straight angle to install against. Then the chalk lines simply wash away when it rains. Check out this easy-to-use chalk line bestseller on Amazon. 8) Hammer or Pry Bar Both the backside of a hammer and pry bar can work great to peel up a shingle you need to replace. While the roofing shovel or shingle remover tools are ideal, a pry bar can be perfect for a small job like one shingle that needs to be lifted. Plus, you can keep it in your handy tool belt! 9) Ladder And, of course, you’re going to need a ladder. Be sure to read the instructions on properly setting up your ladder before getting started on any roof repairs. You want to be sure your ladder is placed on firm, level ground and at the correct angle before climbing. Note: your extension ladder should always extend at least 3 feet past the roof’s edge. This will ensure you can mount and dismount safely, and the ladder won’t fall because it’s too short. The Xtend and Climb telescoping ladder is a fantastic option for homeowners and contractors alike. 10) Roof Assistance Tool A roof assistance tool is beneficial for contractors doing a large-scale roofing project who are up on the roof all day—but also the inexperienced DIY homeowner who needs a

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Homeowners Guide to Roof Replacement: Cost, Process & More

In 2022, the average roof replacement cost is $7,211. While it’s not the most expensive renovation you could do to your home, it’s also not the cheapest. So taking the steps toward roof replacement is nothing to take lightly. But we’re here to help you make that decision. In this guide, we will teach you everything you need to know about roof replacement: When to repair vs. replace Will insurance cover a new roof? The steps involved in roof replacement Types of roofs to choose from How much does it cost? And more. We’ll also provide some tips for prolonging the life of your roof to get the most out of your investment! Signs You Need a Roof Replacement Sadly, your roof is not built to last forever—with the exception of premium roofs like slate and clay tile. But that doesn’t mean you will have to continue replacing your roof for years to come. But more importantly, knowing when the right time to replace it can be a vital step toward getting the most ROI on your new roof. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult, if not impossible to know when it’s time to replace your roof. While you can assume that living in your home for 20+ years with the roof that was there when you bought it might be a good sign, that’s not the only time it’s appropriate. There can be other reasons to replace your roof beyond aging beyond its years. If you notice or experience any of the following, you should get a professional inspection to see if repairs or a replacement are in your future. Your roof is over 20 years old. While some roofs last far longer, standard asphalt shingle roofs only last 20-30 years, so getting a thorough inspection can determine its condition. You can see daylight coming through in your attic. This is likely a sign of a significant hole in the roof, often caused by years of wear and tear. If your roof is in this condition, you will need an entire roof replacement. Your energy bills have increased. If you’ve noticed a steady incline in your energy bills with no change in usage, your roof might be to blame. Older roofs are less energy-efficient, so heat and air can escape through the roof if it’s not properly insulated. Shingles are missing or damaged. If you’re starting to see bald spots or damaged shingles on your roof, it’s likely because they’ve reached the end of their lifespan and can no longer protect your home from the elements. Your roof is sagging. If you see any drooping or sagging on your roof, this is a sure sign that the structure of your roof has been compromised. When to Repair Vs. Replace Severe storms can trigger the need to repair your roof when shingles or other portions of your roof are damaged. However, some storms can be severe enough to require a total roof replacement. But how do you know which one is appropriate? When to Repair Your Roof If your roof has minor to moderate damage and is less than 15 years old, repairing it will be a fine solution. You can also get by with repairing your roof if: Just a few shingles are damaged Issues are related to a small leak or poor insulation You just installed it a couple of years ago You are still under warranty If repairs are due to workmanship or manufacturer issues (covered under warranty) When to Replace Your Roof On the other hand, a roof replacement is far more extensive and isn’t necessary for all situations. It’s important to note that roof replacements aren’t usually covered under insurance unless it is due to severe storm damage on a roof in good condition. Some situations where replacement is necessary to include: You have extensive damage from a natural disaster (tornado, hurricane, hail storm) Your roof has reached its expected lifespan (20+ years old) You want to increase the value of your home to sell You want to invest in an upgraded roofing material You simply want to boost curb appeal with a new roof If your roof is damaged in a storm, it’s critical to get a thorough inspection from a trusted contractor like Apple Roofing. We can determine the best possible solution and whether repairing or replacing is appropriate. Tips for Getting Insurance to Pay for Your Roof Your homeowner’s insurance is a necessity to cover damage to your home that happens when you least expect it. It can also cover liability lawsuits, flooded basements, and more. But does it pay for a new roof? It depends. When your roof is damaged during a storm, you’ll first want to get an inspection, but you’ll also need to file an insurance claim. If you’re worried about insurance denying your claim, you can do a few things to make sure it gets approved. Thoroughly read and understand your entire insurance policy. Avoid surprises come claims time and know what your policy does or doesn’t cover. Know what coverage to add on when you sign up for insurance. For example, standard insurance policies do not cover damage from floods or hurricanes. Depending on where you live and the likelihood of certain weather events, you will want to add that to your insurance policy.  Do not put off filing your claim. The longer you wait, the more likely insurance will deny your claim. Document the damage. Take pictures or videos of the damage to your roof and keep any receipts for repairs you made prior to filing your claim. Get an inspection right away. Just like your claim, don’t put off getting a professional inspection. Knowing the issues early on can ensure your roof is replaced before damage occurs to the rest of your home. Do not attempt to make repairs on your own. DIY repairs can often void warranties or make matters worse. If you are hoping for insurance to cover your replacement,

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Ultimate Guide to Roof Repair: Cost, Process & More

If you need to get your roof repaired, you’re not alone. Every year, homeowners spend billions of dollars repairing and replacing their roofs. The good news is that most roof repairs are relatively easy and inexpensive to fix. In this guide, we will teach you everything you need to know about roof repair: Cost of repairs The steps involved Signs to look for DIY roofing tips How to patch a small leak And more. We’ll also provide some tips for avoiding common roofing problems in the first place! Signs You Need Roof Repair The signs of a roof issue can come in many forms and aren’t always apparent—especially to the untrained eye. But knowing the signs of a roof leak or other problem can save you a ton of time (and money) by catching and repairing it as soon as possible. As a homeowner, it’s up to you to maintain and preserve the integrity of your home. So taking care of it also means watching for signs of damage or issues that require your attention. And head our warning: the longer you put off repairs, the worse your damage (and repair bill) is going to be. So here are some obvious (and not-so-obvious) signs you need a roof repair: You have higher than usual energy bills. This can be caused by leaks in your roof or a lack of insulation. The paint or wallpaper on your walls is peeling. This could be a sign of water damage caused by a leaky roof. Your ceiling has spots, stains, or is damp to the touch. This means your roof likely has a water leak and should be repaired. It can also be a sign of trapped moisture from poor insulation and ventilation in the attic. Either way, your roof needs to be addressed before mold grows. You can see daylight coming through in your attic. This is likely a sign of a significant hole in the roof, often caused by years of wear and tear. If your roof is in this condition, you will need an entire roof replacement. You have missing or damaged shingles. After a storm, you will want to do a walk-through of your property (inside and outside). Look at your shingles, and if you notice any out of place, cracked, dented, or even missing, call for repairs right away. Your attic’s insulation is flat or wet. Roof leaks or trapped moisture in the attic can deteriorate your insulation. Periodically check the insulation for any issues because the second this goes, the second your roof and attic are susceptible to trapped moisture, which can cause mold or mildew growth. You have recurrent ice dams every winter. Ice dams are caused by inefficient temperature control in the attic. What happens is the ice and snowmelt at the top of your roof (where heat is escaping) and re-melts at the bottom near the gutters. Your flashing is exposed or damaged. Flashing is vital to making waterproof seals around chimneys, pipe boots, roof vents, valleys, and more. The moment these are damaged is the moment your roof is at risk of water damage. After a hail or wind storm, ensure your flashing is still intact. What Can Cause Roof Damage? As your roof ages, it does go through a bit of wear and tear and eventually will need to be replaced. But your roof can also be damaged, most often caused by: Strong winds Hailstorms Heavy rains Debris falling on the roof Failed DIY repairs Hurricanes Tornadoes While most of these are out of our control, there are a few things you can do to help prevent roof damage and extend the life of your roof: Keep trees trimmed away from the house (and especially the roof). Make sure your gutters are clear and free of debris. Re-insulate your attic/roof. Regularly inspect and maintain your roof. How Much Does it Cost to Repair Your Roof? The cost to repair your roof depends on many factors. Are you submitting an insurance claim? Are you making the repairs yourself? How severe is the damage? Are your materials available? How high-end are your roofing materials? For the most part, people submit insurance claims to get their roofs repaired from storm damage. However, the cost can vary greatly, even based on where you live, but especially how extensive the damage is. How Much Do Minor Repairs Cost? Most minor roof repairs can be done with basic tools and materials you already have around the house (if you’re a handy homeowner). They might cost you between $100-$1,500, which isn’t worth submitting an insurance claim for. Minor repairs might include: Cleaning out your gutters Fixing a small hole Removing water stained drywall Replacing a damaged shingle Replacing damaged flashing How Much Do Major Repairs Cost? Major repairs will be more costly because they require a professional to fix the problem. More major roof repairs will cost between $1,500 and $7,000 or more. And they may include repairs such as: Chimney repair Extensive water damage Flashing repairs Mold removal Roof sagging (reinforcement) Shingle replacement (larger scale) Tips for Getting Insurance to Pay for Your Roof When your roof is damaged during a storm, it’s a good idea to first get an inspection to reveal the extent of the damage, then file an insurance claim. But there are some rules and regulations that can affect how much money you get from insurance to pay for your roof repairs. For the most part, it might be your best bet to pay for repairs out of pocket and save insurance claims for a total roof replacement down the road. However, there are some tips for getting insurance to pay for your roof repairs. Read and understand your insurance policy thoroughly. The last thing you want is to be surprised by what your homeowner’s insurance will or won’t cover. Add-on vital coverages when you sign up for your insurance. 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How Long Does a Metal Roof Last? [2022 Roof Guide]

A metal roof? Aren’t those for pole barns and sheds? Not anymore. Metal roofing has exploded in recent years as the design, aesthetics, and color options have grown to suit standard residential homes. And for a fraction of the cost of a premium roof like slate or clay, you can get the same durability and style with a metal roof. A metal roof is an excellent investment for your home. Not only does it look beautiful, but it also lasts a long time. How long does a metal roof last? That depends on the type of metal roof you have and the climate and environment where you live. To help you finally take the plunge on installing a metal roof, we will provide a standard guide on how long it should last and some of the factors that can affect its lifespan. That way, you can make an educated decision on your biggest investment to date. What Are the Benefits of a Metal Roof? There are many reasons people would install a metal roof on their residential (and commercial) property. Some of the benefits of metal roofs include: Longevity: A metal roof can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years, making it a great investment for your home. Durability: Metal roofs are resistant to weathering and wind damage, meaning they are less likely to need repairs or replacements over their lifetime. Value: Metal roofs can increase the value of your home, making it a wise investment if you are planning on selling in the future. Style: Metal roofs come in various colors and styles to suit any taste. Whether you want a classic look or something more modern, there is a metal roof to match. Environment: Metal roofs are made of recycled materials and can be installed in green building projects. They are also 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Now that we’ve gone over some of the benefits of metal roofs let’s answer the question on everyone’s mind: how long does a metal roof last? The Average Lifespan of a Metal Roof On average, metal roofs last 40-70 years. However, there are at least five different types of metal roofing materials, each with its own expected lifespan. Aluminum (50 years) Aluminum roofing is the lightest weight of all of them, making installation a breeze for both hauling and adhering in place. It is also a great insulator and reflects sunlight, saving you a ton of money on energy bills. Lastly, aluminum roofs resist corrosion more than other options (such as steel) and can be coated to be waterproof as well. It’s an ideal option for coastal cities but can last for years just about anywhere in the country. Copper (50-100 years) Copper roofing has been used since the early 1700s! They last so long because as it ages, it gets a greenish patina due to corrosion, making the material even stronger and more water-resistant. It would be no surprise for a copper roof to last longer than 100 years. The one downfall is that they can be quite costly to install, but the long-term benefits are great. Steel (40 years) Steel is probably one of the more commonly used metal roofing materials due to its versatility and accessibility. It’s an excellent choice for those looking to install a metal roof on a budget. Although steel is one of the more affordable options, it doesn’t sacrifice quality or durability. Steel roofs can withstand high winds and are fire-resistant, making them a safe investment for your home. Tin (50 years) Tin roofs aren’t used in regular practice as much anymore, now that there are better, less noisy options. When you think of a tin roof, you probably envision a rusted old barn—and you’d be right. Tin roofs can still be very effectively used on shelters like that; they still last a long time but aren’t ideal for residential roofs as they can be pretty loud during a rain or hail storm. Insulation can help with that, but overall most homeowners choose aluminum over tin. Zinc (60-100 years) Zinc roofs can heal themselves. Yes, you heard that right—they can heal themselves. If this roofing material is scratched, it can repair itself via galvanic action. Zinc roofs are actually coated steel, which makes them galvanized steel, and they are also resistant to corrosion and are almost entirely recyclable. Factors That Can Affect Your Roof’s Lifespan The material of your metal roof sets the first expectation for its lifespan, but there are a lot of outside factors that can cause your roof to age faster. As a homeowner, it’s up to you to ensure you maintain and look out for your roof. It’s also vital for your contractor to install it correctly at the time of installation. Here are all the factors that can negatively affect your roof’s lifespan: Improper Installation If your roof isn’t installed correctly, it can void the warranty and cause many problems down the road. Ensure you find a reputable contractor who has experience installing metal roofs to avoid any issues. Poor Maintenance Like anything else in your home, if you don’t take care of your roof, it will deteriorate faster. Regular inspections and maintenance (including cleaning) are key to keeping your roof looking good and lasting as long as possible. Failed Repairs If you don’t make timely repairs or attempt to do repairs yourself, you risk experiencing far more damage than you started with. You should call a professional roofer to handle it right away at the first sign of a leak or issue. Climate & Weather Extreme weather conditions can be a roof’s worst nightmare. Hail, wind, and rain can all take their toll on your roofing material and shorten its lifespan. Make sure you are prepared for the types of weather in your area and have a plan in place to address any damage that may occur. Climate can also aid in deteriorating your metal roofing. Extreme cold or extreme heat over time can

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6 Pieces of Design Advice for Coordinating Your Roofing and Siding

Every home deserves to be attractive on the outside, and safe and warm on the inside. Unfortunately, the most noticeable portions of your home’s exterior are also the most expensive: the siding and the roof.  What do you do if you want to coordinate these portions of your property? How can you make them work together? Here are some design tips for anyone struggling to pair their roofing and siding.. 1. Your Property Is Only As Safe as Your Exterior Although a lot goes into the security and longevity of a property, much of it can be boiled down to how good the siding and roofing are. Beyond the attractiveness they’ll offer your property, take the time to look into the life and protection they’ll give and make sure to choose carefully. A roof should be able to last at least thirty years and be made of a material that’s sturdy yet flexible. This type of roof is one that can handle hurricanes and storms but also keep out the heat of a blazing summer and the moisture that comes from extreme humidity. On the other hand, your siding is something that should also be strong enough to last for years. Look for board and batten siding with enough insulation to block out insects, moisture, and weather that could threaten your property. 2. Have Fun With Stark Differences Bold contrasts are in, and with it comes the stark beauty of homes that understand that opposites work well together. This can be seen in the increase of white houses with black trim, and the rise of homes with orange terracotta roofing and gorgeous muted blue paint. Don’t let this trend end at just colors, though. Consider playing with contrasting textures and shapes as well, and allow your home to really stand out.  3. Keep Up With Trends Housing and siding styles go in and out of fashion every few years. Although board and batten siding has been popular for a while now, it’s hard to predict what will catch the eyes and imaginations of people next year.  If you look at current trends, you’ll often find the most popular siding options have a larger catalog of colors, which will give you more options when choosing the best one to pair with your roof. 4. Get a Roof That’s Built to Last Concrete, clay, and slate tiles last the longest, with some lasting 100+ years in the right conditions. Because of this, you must pick a style that will look amazing for every single one of these years while being easy to replace and still cost-effective. Look at the other homes in your neighborhood, and become familiar with what type of roofing they have. Although having a cookie-cutter home that matches your neighbors isn’t thrilling, you can get inspiration by noticing what you like or don’t like about their selection.  5. Siding Does More Than Just Boost Curb Appeal Your siding is the first insulation layer between your home and the outside world. Because of this: you should pay attention to what type of siding you get, and ensure that it can handle the temperature fluctuations and weather in your area.  Get siding that’s made out of more weather-resistant materials. The longest-lasting types of siding are vinyl and metal. Both of these types can be broken down into many different types of siding, but they’re the kind that lasts at least thirty years and will hold up against a storm or other tragic weather event. Your siding should buffer against noise pollution, insect infestation, weather, moisture, and anything else the world outside throws at it. Although you may feel unsure about picking what color goes with something so strong, the good thing is that most siding can be painted and changed at any time.  So if you paint your home and realize you don’t like a navy blue exterior, you can wait and then paint it whatever other color you want, and nobody will be able to tell you changed your mind. 6. Consider Going for Tonal Similarities Tonal similarities are a good cheat code to get your roof and siding to go together without having to be too matchy-matchy. This means choosing similar shades of colors that create contrast without being too vastly different. This means that if your shading is a cool-toned green, you don’t go for a terracotta orange roof but instead for a cool-toned slate roof. Avoid Clashing These Two Very Expensive Portions of Your Home Whether you’re updating them at the same time or spacing it out by a few years, you can coordinate these two very expensive portions of your property. To do so, take a step back and consider color trends and your personal style.  Roger Marx is a contributor to the Innovative Building Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and home renovation. Roger is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value and improve sustainability.

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