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Why Metal Roofing May Be a Great Pick for Residential Properties

There are many different kinds of materials that can be used for the roof of a home, but there are also many reasons why metal roofing can be an excellent option to choose. Some homeowners never consider options other than the traditional shingles, but they may very well be missing out on something great. Metal roofs can have a positive impact on a home’s curb appeal. They can also help the homeowner save a lot of money thanks to the way this material is fire resistant, long lasting, and highly energy efficient.

Although the residential metal roofing industry is growing fast along with demand, it is still more common to see homes topped with asphalt shingles. Those who want their home to stand out for its beauty can have a metal roof installed and cause their property to stand out for its uniqueness. Even when you choose to go with metal, there are a lot of options awaiting you in terms of style. For example, you can choose between rustic shingles, Oxford shingles, and Country Manor Shake in a variety of colors.

Some people worry that installing metal roofing costs more than installing other types of shingles, but it is important to also consider the return on investment you can expect to experience with the various materials. For example, metal roofs are highly energy efficient when done right, and the resulting energy savings can really add up over the years. Plus metal shingles last far longer than any other type, meaning that your roof will not need replacing nearly as soon if it is metallic.

While it might not be considered a traditional feature for residential properties, metal can make a great roofing material for many homes. The numerous options in shingles made of this material makes it easy to give your property a gorgeous, unique look, while things like durability and energy efficiency mean that the roof can pay for itself within a few years.

Aluminum Roof Paint

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Do-It-Yourselfers: Restore and Paint Your Own Aluminum Roof

Aluminum roofs with Aluminum Roof Paint are becoming more and more popular for residential homes. These roofs do not rust as easily as steel and so they have a longer life. They are light and easy to install as well. However, for protection and aesthetics, an Aluminum Roof Paint will need to be applied every 2-4 years, if the metal roof has not been pre-treated with a special factory-applied coating. And in this economy, if the homeowner finds he needs to spruce up his metal roof with a Cool Roof Coating, he or she will find they can save a lot of money by applying their own Metal Roof Paint.

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Steps for putting on an Aluminum Roof Paint or coatings:

1.    Buy aluminum roof paint and oil-based metal primer from the local hardware store or home center. The paint must be oil-based and specific to aluminum roofs.

2.    Sweep the whole roof with a broom to remove any debris and clear the dust. Use a putty knife to remove stubborn peeling paint.

3.    Scrub or power wash the roof. Mix three gallons of water with half a gallon of detergent in a small bucket for a cleaning solution.

4.    Apply a proper rust inhibiting primer on rusted areas. Use metal putty where needed.

5.    Repair any cracks with a glass reinforced fabric.

6.    Let the roof dry for a minimum of 2 days after scrubbing and repairing.

7.    Apply oil-based metal primer on the roof using a paint roller or spray applicator equipment. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

8.    Let the primer dry for a minimum of 3 days.

9.    Apply Aluminum Roof Paint following the directions of the manufacturer.

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Important Safety Tips:

  • Have a partner with you as you work on the roof. It is also advisable to have somebody on the ground who can get help should an emergency arise
  • Wear footing braces and use a safety harness attached to a secure part of the roof to prevent falls.

Finally, congratulate yourself on both a job well done and on the amount of money you saved by doing it yourself.

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Installing Metal Roofs

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Installing Metal Roofs Are Easy For Do-It-Yourselfers

Metal Roof Installation

Installing Metal Roofs may be your first step toward safeguarding your home from the elements in the most efficient and economical way. Although the initial monetary outlay may seem high – generally 3-4 times the cost of an asphalt roof – if you remain in the home for a period of years, the cost justifies itself. Experts agree that a home with metal roofing withstands greater wear and tear than other types of roofing.

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Tips from the Experts on Installing Metal Roofs

Tips for Installing Metal Roofs:

  • 1. Make sure the first panel is installed square – all the other panels will follow it.
  • 2. While you don’t have to pre-drill holes for your screws, pre-drilling panels will make it easier to get the screw lines straighter. Make sure you measure for pre-drilling accurately.
  • 3. If you pop lines for your screws, make sure to use red chalk, and NOT BLUE CHALK. Blue chalk is very difficult to get off and can stay on for months, while red chalk will usually wash off with the next rain.
  • 4. If you need to cut panels lengthwise, you can score them with a box cutter several times, and then bend it back and forth until it breaks off, producing a clean edge. You can also use tin snips or drill attachments.

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  • 5. Screw your fasteners in straight, and don’t over-tighten them. The best way to do this is to set your drill tension, preferably testing it out on a scrap piece of metal or on an area that will be covered over by a ridge cap or other flashing.
  • 6. Wear protective rubber coated gloves while working with metal roofing and flashings. This not only protects you from the sharp metal edges, it also gives you a better grip on the metal roofing.
  • 7. After you finish installing the metal roofing, make sure to brush off any metal filings/shavings that are on the roof. Otherwise, they will cause unsightly rust spots where they rest on the metal roofing.

Our Metal Roofs Come in Styles and Colors to Fit Any Home and Are Easy to Install. Contact Us to Place an Order with Metal Roofing Systems Today

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Metal Roof Replacement

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Tax Benefits of Metal Roof Replacement

Energy-Efficient Roofing Tax Credit Through 2011

Whether it is age or acts of nature that cause your roof to be in disrepair, sooner or later, you will have to do a Metal Roof Replacement. A new roof not only revitalizes the integrity of your home by preventing leaks and other damage, it adds value to your property.

Metal roofing has become a popular choice in the United States. When your metal roofing needs replacement, repair or maintenance, look for energy-efficient metal roofing materials. The U.S. government is offering a tax credit for energy-efficient Metal Roofing Materials to encourage the purchase of “green” building materials.

Call or Write Our Office to See if Your New Metal Roof Replacement Qualifies for our “Showcase Home Discount.”

Tax Benefits in Effect until 31 December 2011

Instructions for Obtaining a Tax Credit for Your Metal Roof Replacement

  • Consider your savings when purchasing energy-efficient metal roofing, as opposed to standard roofing material. Energy-efficient material will save you much more money in the long run. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 offers tax credits for 30 percent of the total cost of new energy-efficient Metal Roof Products up to a maximum of $1,500.
  • Find Metal Roof Replacement materials that meet the energy-efficient requirements outlined by the U.S. government. All products with the Energy Star seal are eligible for this tax savings. Energy Star roofing reflects the sun’s rays and cools the surface of your roof. The cooler the roof, the less heat is absorbed into your home, which will reduce your air conditioning usage and decrease your energy bill. Lowering your energy use also helps the environment. The more you decrease your energy consumption, the less fossil fuel is burned by the utility industry to create electricity.

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  • Purchase your new energy-efficient metal roofing materials. Save all receipts and records after you install your roof. The IRS recommends that you save the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement as well. This certification statement should be included with your purchase. If not, request one from your vendor. The IRS does not require this statement to be filed with your taxes, but the statement ensures that you have purchased the correct product to qualify for the tax credit.
  • Complete your year-end taxes and file for your energy-efficient metal roofing tax credit on IRS Tax Form 5695. This form will be available at the end of the 2009 tax year. You will not be able to claim your tax credit until you file your year-end taxes.

Metal Roofing Systems Offers a Variety of Affordable Metal Roof Replacement Choices in an Assortment of Colors. Replace Your Old Roof with a New Metal Roof.

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Metal Roofing Display Home Showcase – Madison and Milwaukee

Metal Roofing Installation in Southern Wisconsin
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Metal roofing display home and showcase roofs are available for prospective residential, commercial and church boards or directors of houses of worship to view.  We have customers that are willing to have their roofs shown to prospective customers during the installation process; and, we have a showcase home program for prospective customers.

If you are interested in installing a permanent, energy-efficient metal roofing system, please ask Metal Roofing Systems about our home showcase program, and about how you can qualify.

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A Wide Range of Styles to Fit Your Architecture

Whether you are interested in a roof that you see on one of the metal roofing display home or showcases, or you need an entirely different style of roofing to fit your residential, commercial or other-use structure, Metal Roofing Systems has a wide range of styles to fit contemporary architecture, to older style homes and buildings worthy of historical preservations.

Some of the wide range of styles and metal colors to choose from include:

  • Rustic Shingle Roofing – our most popular style in a variety of colors; this is a metal roofing system that simulates the rich textures of traditional wood or asphalt shingles with the advantage that they will not rot, mold, warp or need to be replaced.
  • Oxford Shingle Roofing – simulates classic slate roofing styles, the baked-on Kynar/Hylar coating (for increased reflectivity and energy-efficiency); the large 12” x 6O” panels interlock for a quick installation
  • ClickLock 15 Premium Aluminum Standing Seam – heavy duty, nearly “rust free” contemporary designs with stainless steel fittings and hidden fasteners that allow for expansion and contraction during weather extremes
  • Country Manor Shake -  an excellent, elegant metal shingle with the appearance of split cedar; shingles lock together for a water-tight seal
  • Commercial IB Flat Roofing System – PVC (polyvinyl chloride) membrane roof that has excellent flame resistance and expansion and contraction attributes for the extremes of Wisconsin summers and winters; highly resistant to impacts, and has a lifetime warranty

Display Home Program

Metal roofing display homes are available to visit while our crews are installing the roofing systems; please respect the privacy of the residents if we are not currently working on the roof.  Metal Roofing Systems also offers homeowners in certain locations, with specific roofing installations, the option of discounts if we need a display home or showcase home in your neighborhood.

Customers can take advantage of discounts upon agreement of allowing their installed roofing systems to be viewed by our prospective customers.  Of course, please contact us for locations of current display homes if you would like to see an installed roof; and respect the privacy of the homeowners during the hours that are not listed for viewing.

Please contact us directly if you are interested in receiving a discounted installation in return for displaying your roof to prospective customers.

Contact Metal Roofing Systems – Also, Take Advantage of the Federal Tax Incentive (until December 31st) for Energy Efficient Roofing

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