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The Building Construction Process Explained

If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.


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Five Reasons To Consider A Metal Roof

by Edwin Johnston

If you need a new roof, consider metal. There are many reasons to go with metal, as the following illustrates. 

1. You Don't Want to Remove the Old Shingles

In some cases, you can have a metal roof installed directly over the old shingle roof. If there are no major leaks or damage and your local building code allows, the old shingle roof is simply treated as the underlayment under the metal roof panels. The main benefit of installing over the shingles is that you save money by skipping the teardown and disposal of the old roofing material. Your new roof will also go on much more quickly.

2. Your Home Is in a Wildfire Zone

If you live in an area prone to wildfires, you are likely required to have a fire-resistant roof. This is in part because flying embers landing on the roof are a common way that fires spread in high-risk zones. Metal roofs are very resistant to sparks, and most meet the fire resistance guidelines required in these areas. You can opt for a panel-style metal roof or a shingle-style metal roof, depending on your aesthetic preferences. 

3. High Moisture Affects Your Roof Life

In areas with lots of rain, snow, or high humidity, moisture can shorten the lifespan of certain types of roofing materials. Moisture rot, moss and mildew, and warping are common issues on asphalt and shake-style shingles. Metal roofs are impervious to moisture damage as long as you ensure there are proper coatings applied to prevent rust and corrosion. You won't need to replace the roofing as often or worry about damages from high moisture. 

4. Energy Efficiency Is a Goal

If you want to save money on your home's energy costs, then metal roofing is the way to go. Metal roofs tend to reflect solar energy, which helps keep your home cooler. Opt for a lighter color roof in warm climate to help cool your home even more. In cold climates, choose a dark roof color to absorb heat and lower your winter furnace bills. 

5. You Want a Green Roofing Option

Are you concerned about what happens to your roof at the end of its lifespan? If so, then metal roofing is a green option because the entire roof is recyclable once it reaches its end of life. Even better, the long life of a metal roof means you won't have to replace the roof as often.

Contact a company like Pacific Sheet Metal in your area to learn more about metal roof installation.