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If your roof is in need of urgent repair, you have come to the right place. I am not a roofing contractor, but I have just finished replacing the roof on my home when the old one failed. The contractor I called in helped me to assess the condition of my old roof and to choose the right type of material to replace it with. He carried out the work quickly and kept me informed about what he was doing. I have learnt so much from the experience that I wanted to share my new found knowledge with the rest of the world.



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Metal Roof Replacement Tips

by Krin Rodriguez

Do you intend to replace your metal roof? It could be that your current roof is damaged, or you wish to install a durable or more appealing roof. Below is a guide to help you replace the metal roof. 

Initial Assessments

Re-roofing is an opportunity to conduct other roofing repairs. Therefore, examine the roof to establish the need for maintenance work. For instance, you might opt to install new gutters or replace damaged trusses. Then, assess the roof to determine the risk associated with the re-roofing work. For instance, you might need to contact the local electricity company to disconnect hanging electrical cables. When do you intend to re-roof the building? A weather forecast should help you choose a suitable day. Remember, it is risky to conduct roofing works during a storm or heavy rains. 

How do you intend to re-roof the building? Typically, you have two options. You could remove the existing roof and install the new one, or install the new roof over the old roof. If you opt for the latter, consider waterproofing to eliminate moisture caught between the two roofs. 

Choosing a Suitable Roof

You have a wide variety of metal roofs to choose from, including; 

  • Aluminium roofs are preferable for most people since they are readily available, durable, and reflect radiant heat, keeping your house cool.
  • Copper roofs give your home an aesthetic appeal. Moreover, the material has fire-resistant qualities. Its downside is that it could oxidise over time and change its appearance.
  • Corrugated metal roofs are renowned for their ability to resist harsh weather and durability.
  • Standing-seam metal roofs are superior due to their durability and customisable designs. 

You also need to choose a suitable design. For example, what is your preferred colour? Do you want the metal roof to mimic other roofs? For example, the roof could imitate slate, shake, or tile-inspired. 

Hire a Roofing Contractor  

Hire a roofing contractor to install the roof. There are a few compelling reasons to work with a roofing professional. Ideally, the contractor has the expertise and equipment needed to conduct the re-roofing work. They also have liability insurance that compensates them for injuries when working. If you suffered an injury when performing DIY roofing work, you might have to cater to your medical expenses. Finally, some roofing companies void the warranty on the roof if you opt for DIY installation. Therefore, you must hire a contractor. 

When replacing your metal roof, conduct the recommended assessments, choose a suitable roof, and hire a contractor. For more information on metal roof replacements, contact a company near you.