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How to Choose the Best Metal Roofing Panels

When it comes to choosing a material for your metal roof, the options can seem overwhelming. Five of the most common materials used for metal roofing include Galvalume, aluminum, zinc, copper, and stainless steel. In this article we will go over the advantages and disadvantages of each material to help you make the best decision for your metal roof.

Galvalume Metal Roofing

This type of metal panel combines steel, aluminum, and zinc – providing the best characteristics of each metal in one panel. Compared to other metal roofing materials, Galvalume is one of the least expensive. By marrying the strength of zinc with the rust-resistance of aluminum, Galvalume can last as long as 60 years without showing signs of corrosion. Galvalume is also 100% recyclable and can be installed over existing roofs. Drawbacks of Galvalume include fading color over time and adverse reactions when in contact with other materials such as iron, concrete, bricking, and treated lumber.

Aluminum Roofing

Aluminum is the third most abundant metal on Earth and makes a great material for metal roofing panels. This material can withstand extremely harsh weather conditions, such as saltwater, while simultaneously being one of the most sustainable metals in the world. Aluminum sheets replicate the strength of thicker metals, yet are much more lightweight and easier to install. Aluminum also doesn’t succumb to rust and corrosion at the same rate as other metals. However, aluminum is much more prone to denting, is only available in its natural color, and will expand and contract twice as much as a steel roof.

Zinc Roofing

Zinc is the perfect metal roof material if you are looking for a panel to withstand the test of time. These panels can last anywhere from 60 to 100 years, are extremely eco-friendly, and contains its own outer protective layer that corrects scratches over time without the need to intervene. Because of this, zinc panels are often easier to maintain than other available options. However, zinc is quite expensive and is susceptible to underside corrosion.

Copper Roofing

Copper roofing has been around from the times of the Romans. This lightweight material is energy efficient, nearly as durable as zinc, aesthetically pleasing, and can be soldered unlike other roofing materials. This ensures a stronger weather-tight barrier not found in other roofing materials. However, copper is extremely expensive, will undergo a color change over time, and can contribute to run-off staining of other materials around the roof/home. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is one of the most sturdy metals available, able to withstand corrosion for 60+ years. Steel can also withstand colder temperatures, not cracking or becoming brittle when exposed to cool air and experiencing very limited expansion and contraction. Finally, stainless steel comes in a wide variety of different finishes. Unfortunately it is also one of the more expensive materials and is not able to withstand standing water.

Preventive Maintenance Tips for Metal Roofing

When it comes to maintaining the longevity of your metal roof, upkeep is generally minimal! This high performing, low maintenance roofing material can last 50+ years with the proper care and installation. So to keep your roof “running smoothly” we have comprised a streamlined process for checking and maintaining your metal roof – saving you time and money in the future!

Importance of Maintaining Your Metal Roof

Metal roofing is susceptible to scuffing, leaking, denting, degradation, and galvanic corrosion. Regular maintenance, performed a minimum of once per year, can help identify potential problems before they become expensive ones. Hotter, humid climates may need more maintenance than once per year so be sure to keep this in mind. This regular maintenance will not only keep your metal roof looking incredible, but will also extend the longevity of your metal roof!

Surface Maintenance

Surface maintenance can be performed with our without a professional, however you must take extra precautions to ensure your safety. Surface-level maintenance tasks include removing dirt and other harmful elements from the surface of your roof. Start by cleaning out gutters and drains from debris, which can lead to an accumulation of water and premature corrosion. This debris can also get stuck in seams and other “dead spots” on your roof, which can stain or scratch the paint, thereby compromising the panels outer protective layer. 

Structural Maintenance

Structural maintenance on your metal roof is more in-depth and should be performed by a qualified professional. Structural maintenance includes checking and/or fixing fasteners, rivets, and screws. These parts attach the panels to the overall structure, so it is important to make sure they are not loose, crooked or missing after the expansion and contraction of the panels over time. Panel seams should also be inspected by a professional at least once per year. Other structural maintenance includes checking and replacing sealant, which prevents natural elements from penetrating the metal roof system. 

We hope our metal roof maintenance tips will help you preserve and protect your investment. For more tips, contact our team at  1.855.838.9393 or info@londonecometal.com.

The Importance of Cleaning Metal Panels

Metal panels, while known for their durability and long lifespan, still require proper maintenance and care. Annual cleanings are an imperative part of that maintenance. Keeping your metal panels clean will ensure their performance, eye-catching design, and strength for years to come.

Why is it so important to keep metal panels clean?

Dirt and residue, which can be caused by trees or animals, causes irreversible damage to the panel’s protective coating. This damage compromises the endurance of the entire system. Other corrosive elements, like bacteria and mildew, can damage the structural integrity of the system. Buildup of leaves can hide leaks, rotting spots, and even prevent the roof from reflecting heat – challenging the entire system’s energy efficiency. 

How often should the metal panels be cleaned? 

Metal panels should undergo an annual cleaning as a minimum. This will rinse away common elements that jeopardize the finishes. Panels under heavy tree cover should be cleaned more often. A deep cleaning should be performed every 3 to 5 years. This deep cleanse will remove more stubborn substances, such as tree sap and oxidation. Interim cleanings should be performed if you are in an area with high seasonal pollen or drastic weather events.

What else should I keep in mind?

It is extremely important to follow the panel manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning the panels. Manufacturer’s will know who should perform the job, what solutions to use, and which tools will work. If the cleaning is not done properly, you run the risk of voiding the warranty. We always recommend hiring a professional with metal panel experience to perform the deeper cleanings.

Cleaning Tips

One of the best things you can do for your metal panels is keep them free from debris. However, you should never use wire brushes or other abrasive materials that will scratch or erode the panel’s surface coating. For a simple cleaning, water and mild detergent will work. You can use a cloth or soft-bristle brush, and finally rinse with clean water. Avoid bleach at all costs!

With the proper care, your metal panels can last you a lifetime! We hope you found our tips for keeping your metal panels clean useful. For more DIY tips, contact our team at  1.855.838.9393 or info@londonecometal.com.

Can Holes Be Repaired in Metal Roofing?

How To Repair Metal Roof

The expected lifespan of a metal roof is unrivaled, often lasting 50 to 100 years! But like any material constantly exposed to the elements, metal roofs require maintenance and repair. Perhaps a branch fell on your roof, or maybe you’re dealing with a case of deterioration and rust. Either way, the hole in your metal roofing is fixable! When done properly, repairs can last as long as the roof system itself. To ensure a job well done, we’ve comprised the following recommendations for you to repair a metal roof yourself.

Before Beginning Repairs

A hole can indicate an underlying structural issue. Be sure to complete a thorough under-deck safety review and roof analysis before attempting repairs. To prevent cracking and splitting, be sure to match the patching material to the metal already present in your existing roof. This ensures the same rate of contraction and expansion, avoiding stress on the repair site.

Clean and Scuff The Repair Area

The first step to any good repair is cleaning the area with a cleaner that won’t leave residue. Once the panels are free from dirt, film, and algae growth, use a wire brush to scuff the area where the repair will be made. This will help the sealant bond to the metal. Avoid scuffing other areas of the roof, as this removes the protective coating from the panel’s surface.

Measure, Cut, Round

Measure the area to be repaired. Your patch should be cut to cover this area as well as overlap 2″ in all directions past the damage. After the sheet metal patch has been cut, round the corners with a file or emery cloth. This prevents corners from catching snow, ice, or other debris.

Install The Patch

Liberally apply a urethane sealant to the surface of the panel being repaired, leaving no gaps. Press the patch over the damaged area, being sure to squeeze sealant from the edge of the patch along all sides. If there is an area without sealant, moisture can penetrate under the patch. Secure the patch into place using pan-head sheet metal screws. The screws should be placed 1″ inside the patch from the edge, and every 3-4″ around.

We hope you found our tips for repairing holes in metal roofing useful. For more DIY tips, contact our team at 1.855.838.9393 or info@londonecometal.com for more information.

Does A New Roof Increase The Value Of Your Home?

You may be wondering if a new roof will increase the value of your home. This is especially true if you are considering selling in the future. While a damaged or older roof will definitely decrease the value of your home, a new roof’s value will be affected by the real estate market, type of new roof you choose, and buyer preferences at the time. Let’s dig deeper to find out if a new roof will increase the value of your home.

Level of Damage on Existing Roof

If you are considering selling your home, bear in mind that most buyers do not have the extra money to purchase a home as well as replace the roof. Therefore it is always a good idea to replace the roof prior to listing if the roof is old, damaged, or decaying. Otherwise you run the risk of pushing away potential buyers. If your current roof is still in relatively good condition, it does not make sense to spend the money on a replacement.

Market Conditions

General housing market conditions will affect the value of your home regardless of renovations. In various studies found in the 2019 Remodeling’s report, new roofs were found to bring a 77% return rate in the upper north east region of the US. Meanwhile, the central north east region only found a 65% return. Contacting a real estate agent in your area to ask about local market conditions may help you make a decision.

Roof Material

The type of material you use for your new roof can also impact the value of your home. Some marketable aspects of choosing metal roofing panels include energy efficiency, long lifespan, unique aesthetic, and ease of maintenance. Potential homebuyers will love the idea of a roof that doesn’t need much attention, will last a long time, and won’t increase their energy bills! 

 

Your roof is one of the most prominent features on the exterior of your home, and can have a significant impact on overall curb appeal. Not only that, but buyers prefer a home that has been well-maintained, and assume a poorly maintained roof will reflect a poorly maintained interior. With a new roof in place, buyers will feel confident that they are making a sound and long-lasting purchase. 

So will a new roof increase the value of your home? Given the right circumstances and conditions – yes! If you are considering metal panels for your next roofing system, contact our team of experienced professionals at 1.855.838.9393 or info@londonecometal.com.

Why Are Roofing Gutters Important?

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As a homeowner you may find yourself questioning the importance of rain gutters along your roof. The rain will roll off the roof regardless, right? But these gutters do so much more than create a crisp, decorative edge along your home’s roofline. In this article we will delve deeper into the vital importance of roofing gutters and what other benefits they provide to your home.

Your home’s foundation and water do not mix!

Gutter systems are designed to guide rain water off the roof and, more importantly, away from your home’s foundation. This diverted water is essential for ensuring your home’s structural well-being. Water building up along your foundation line will erode the soil and, eventually, cause structural instability.

Roofing gutters are great for your garden!

Fully functioning rain gutters should effectively control runoff. This prevents rainwater from cutting pathways through your yard, pooling water in low-lying areas, and potentially killing your lawn, flowers, or other landscaping around your home.

Roofing gutters prevent condensation in the home!

If runoff does occur, it is reasonable to assume some of this water will enter your home through the basement or the floor. The moisture is then absorbed into the air of your home. This absorption can cause condensation along windows or fungal wood-rot in attics and walls. Yuck!

So how do I care for this essential feature of my home?

You should clean your rain gutters twice a year to prevent debris from building up and clogging the gutter system. Clogged gutters are the same as having no gutters at all, increasing your risk for potential problems in your home. Not to mention the weight of debris build up can cause some gutters to fall off altogether! Be sure to clean your gutters once in the Spring and again in the Fall, or better yet, hire a professional

Now you know the vital importance roofing gutters play in your home’s environment! Remember it is important to check your gutter system for leaks, erosion, and sagging. If you notice any of these conditions, repairs or replacement may be necessary. Contact our team at  1.855.838.9393 or info@londonecometal.com for more information.

How to Choose the Right Colour for your Metal Roof

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Choosing a colour for your new metal roof has never been more exciting: there is an abundance of colour options and styles to choose from. It can be easy, however, to get lost in the variety of choices available to you. In this article we will discuss the practical and aesthetic considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right colour for your metal roof.

YOUR HOME’S STYLE

Consider the style of your home. The colour of your roof should complement, or contrast, the exterior elements of your home’s design, such as the doors, landscape, and siding.

PAINT FINISH QUALITY

The quality of the paint finish will keep your roof looking fresh for years to come, even when exposed to the elements! Choosing a paint that has been treated with a UV blocking resin will also help prevent premature fading and peeling.

DESIRED EFFECT

Do you want something modern? Monochromatic? Bold and unique? The abundance of options available today makes achieving whatever look you have in mind possible. Perhaps you want to make a large roof seem less imposing, in that case choosing a darker color would be in your interest.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

YES – the colour of your roof can affect your energy bills! Lighter roofs will reflect the sun’s heat, making them a perfect option for those living in a hotter climate with a lot of sun exposure. That being said, many metal roofs today, even those in darker shades, are known for having high energy efficiency ratings.

The available options for which colour to choose for your roof are limitless! There are even ways to choose custom colours and glossiness levels, making personalization of your home easier than ever. But remember, a metal roof will keep its colour for years to come. By following our tips for choosing the right colour for your metal roof, you will be sure to choose a roof colour that you will love year after year!

Need more help making a decision? Our experts are happy to assist you! Contact us today at 855.838.9393 or info@londonecometal.com.

Why Metal Roofs Are Better Than Shingles

Metal Roof vs ShinglesAsphalt shingles have been the first roofing material choice for years due to their reliability, affordable cost, and simple maintenance. Metal roofs, however, are quickly climbing to the top of buyers’ minds thanks to their durability, wide array of style options, and longevity. So what other benefits do metal roofs provide that make them a better choice compared to a roof composed of shingles?

DURABILITY

Asphalt tends to weaken and deteriorate over time, especially when exposed to elements such as high heat or water. Metal roofs, on the other hand, can easily handle the majority of weather conditions and have even proved to be more fire-resistant compared to their asphalt counterpart. Expect a shingle roof to last a maximum of 30 years, while a metal one could last you up to 70!

SUSTAINABILITY

Now that we are starting to see the long term effects of our waste, sustainability is playing a huge role in what we eat, use, and buy. The materials for our home should be no different. Metal roofs are largely made of recycled material – and can be recycled again after that! They are also more energy efficient, able to block heat transmission to the home’s interior. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are petroleum based, and the majority (estimated 20 billion pounds) find their way into a landfill every year.

LOWER MAINTENANCE

Metal roofs are generally easier to maintain than shingle roofs, especially with the tendency of asphalt shingles to crack. The rule of thumb for metal roofs is to visually inspect the roof once every six months for debris such as tree branches, and to keep the gutters clear. 

VARIETY OF LOOKS

While aesthetics certainly shouldn’t be the deciding factor in your choice of roofing material, it does play a role in the decision making process. Metal roofs are able to come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors – and are even mildew resistant to avoid staining in the future. Metal roofs can even mimic the look of shingles if that is what you want. Metal roofs are also easier on the structural integrity of your home thanks to their lightweight nature; providing beauty and function!

While shingle roofs have long been the top choice for roofing material, the long term cost effectiveness, sustainability, ease of maintenance, and durability of metal roofs make them the up and coming material of choice for any homeowner. If you are curious about installing a metal roof for your home or business, contact our team today at info@londonecometal.com.

Metal Roofing Best Practices

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Metal roofs are one of the best options for homeowners who need a new roof. They provide durability, efficiency, and strength. While metal roof installation can be done on one’s own, in a DIY style, it’s important to be fully aware of what the project entails. Before committing to installing your own metal roof, consider the following best practices. These tips will help you understand the project, and if you’re better off getting assistance in installation.

 

Top of the Line Supplies

If you want your metal roof installation to be worth your time, you have to source the best products. While it’s possible to find cheap providers, you likely don’t want something cheap to protect your home.

If you’ve undertaken similar projects, you might know where you can find all the materials you need.  However, if this is your first roofing project, you may be unaware of all the materials you need. To make it easier, consider purchasing a starter pack that comes with all the materials you need. London Eco-Metal provides best in class goods that range in style and utility. Explore our products to find a metal roofing style that suits your home.

 

Quality Equipment

Installing a roof, metal, or other, requires a load of tools and equipment. When you’re installing your own metal roof, you have to be fully prepared with all the equipment you need. You’re going to need snips, clips, fasteners, panning tools, riveting tools, and much more.

As you shop around for the tools you need, you have to make sure they’re quality. This will ensure your roof is properly constructed. When you use London Eco-Metal’s DIY Kit, you receive all the materials you need and a list of the tools you need. If you’d like to purchase the tools from us, you can do that as well.

 

Planning

Taking on a large project such as installing a roof demands manpower and proper planning. Your installation will be much smoother if you have experienced professionals helping you out. However, if you want to take the project on solo, be ready for the hours you’ll need to put in to plan the project.

It’s best practice to consult with roofing professionals, so you can have a detailed plan of attack. London Eco-Metal offers seminars to teach strategies on DIY roofing. All you need to do is fill out a form to request an installation seminar. That way, you’ll be well-prepared for the task at hand.

 

The Bottom Line

Metal roof installation projects are not something to be taken lightly. They require careful planning, the best materials, and endless amounts of niche equipment. To be sure you’re fully prepared in installing a metal roof, contact London Eo-Metal today. We can discuss your options and help you get ready to install your own roof

How Metal Roofs Improve Your Home’s Value

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In recent years, metal roofs have rapidly gained popularity. While the trend is a stylish one, there’s much more to it than the aesthetic value. The installation of a metal roof will increase a home’s value. For this reason, many homeowners are looking to change out the old shingle roof for a modern, durable metal roof structure. Lucky for homeowners, they get several benefits from their new roof.

 

How Do Metal Roofs Increase Home Values?

  1. Long Life

Metal is a durable material, and when it’s used for roofing systems, homes benefit. Whether the roof is built from copper, aluminum, steel, or another option, metal roofs have an improved lifespan compared to traditional shingle roofs. In fact, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors found metal roofs last, on average, 2-3 times longer than shingle or asphalt roofs.

  1. Energy Efficiency

Many homeowners have become more concerned about their energy consumption. Subsequently, the same homeowners have made the switch to metal roofs, as they found the option to be much more energy-efficient than their old shingle roof.

Metal roofs can reflect light and heat in the summer and insulate heat inside in the winter, thereby saving the costs of cooling and heating.

  1. Strength

There’s no way around it—metal is significantly stronger than wood or asphalt. No matter where you live, your home can always use improved protection against the elements. Unlike frequent damage to shingles when a storm rolls through town, your metal roof will never suffer. Hail, wind, rain, and ice will have a near-impossible time damaging your roof.

What’s more, in dry areas where forest fires are common, your home is protected against embers as metal is non-combustible.

  1. Reduced Homeowners Insurance

As a result of the above benefits, many home insurance providers have lowered insurance rates on homes with metal roofs. These companies are aware of the energy efficiency, life, and strength they offer. Thus, home insurance premiums are reduced to match the offset of the investments made by the homeowners.

  1. Increased Market Demand

Considering the growing popularity of metal roofs, many people in the real estate market are honing their searches on homes with metal roofs. Potential buyers know the money they can save on energy bills, reduced repairs, and long life. Thus, metal roofs increase home value.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about metal roofs, schedule a consultation with London Eco-Metal. Our roofing professionals can help you find the perfect roofing system for your home. With our services, your home’s value can increase while you save money on repairs, energy bills, and more. Contact London Eco-Metal today.