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Roof Storm Damage

By: Joe Martinez
July 20th, 2022

Roofs are the one part of our homes that seemingly go unnoticed every day. It’s not anyone’s fault, though. I mean, unless you’re over ten feet tall, it’s doubtful you get an in-depth look at your roof more than once a year. Roof damage so easily occurs due to this exact reason. If you’re not seeing it every day, why would you care?   The folks here at RoofCrafters can tell you a million different reasons as to why you should care! For over 29 years, we’ve seen the havoc that silent roof damages can cause to families’ homes. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and we’ll always do our best to fix your problems. More often than not, though, these are problems that could be avoided.

Roof Repair | metal roof | commercial roof

By: Joe Martinez
May 6th, 2022

  If you have a commercial metal roof leaking or if you are not sure if you need to have an older commercial metal roof completely replaced or repaired, you have come to the right place. Just finding someone knowledgeable in commercial metal roof repairs can be a difficult task, let alone actually doing the work!

asphalt shingles | Roof Replacement | Pricing in Georgia

By: Joe Martinez
March 31st, 2022

Many things have changed within our society over the past decade. Low-rise jeans are no longer in style, NSYNC broke up in 2007, social media is large and in charge, and we live in a post-pandemic (or apocalyptic) state of fear. With all of these changes, one thing has remained constant: discussions about money are taboo.

Roof Replacement | roof tear-off | Pricing in Georgia

By: Joe Martinez
March 29th, 2022

Navigating through the roof replacement process in Brunswick can be overwhelming. Your internal monologue says things to you like: What materials do I need? Where do I get started? How do I get started? Who do I call? How much will this cost? The word overwhelming doesn’t do this process justice.

metal roof

By: Joe Martinez
March 21st, 2022

Whether we like it or not, there will come a day when it's time to replace the roof on our homes. The question is whether you should replace it with shingles or choose to replace your existing roof with metal. Once relegated to high-end homes, metal roofs are now available to the masses. That’s because the cost and complexity of installing a metal roof have come down significantly in the past few years. Today, fifteen percent of all roofing installations are metal.    Our family here at RoofCrafters has been installing metal roofs for families just like yours, one roof at a time since 1993.  We love the luxurious look that a metal roof adds to a home just as much as you do, but we also know there's some apprehension and questions that can come along with the big change.    If you’ve been thinking about changing your roof from shingles to metal, allow us to provide you with some food for thought. In this article, you'll learn the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about metal roofs, such as how long they last, how noisy they can be, if they rust, and many more. Let's dive in!   How Long Do Metal Roofs Last? Depending on the type of material used on a roof, it can last anywhere from 15 to 70 years or more, provided it is installed correctly and maintained properly.   3-Tab asphalt shingles can last from 15 to 20 years.  Architectural shingles, typically last from 20 to 30 years on average. That’s because they’re up to three times thicker than 3-tab asphalt shingles. Terracotta roofs last up to 50-years, but they’re twice as expensive as architectural shingles.   Metal roofs can last up to 70 years, depending on the type of metal used. Like terracotta roofs, you can expect to pay more for a metal roof, but you’ll recoup the cost down the road as long as you intend to stay in your home for years to come. Are Metal Roofs Noisy? Some homeowners refuse to consider a metal roof because they fear the noise will be unbearable every time it rains, but this is hardly the case.  Once installed over plywood sheathing and underlayment, a metal roof is only 5-decibels louder during a driving rainstorm than an architectural shingle, according to This Old House.   They’re also far more durable during everything from hailstorms to wildfires.  Due to their high reflectivity, they’re more energy-efficient than a shingle roof.     During the summer months, metal roofs are actually 50 degrees cooler than their asphalt equivalent.  Best of all, they’re nearly maintenance-free provided they’re installed properly.     Do Metal Roofs Rust? There are four different metals used on houses nowadays: aluminum, copper, steel, and galvalume.  Choosing the right one for your home comes down to two factors – local conditions and price.  If you live near the ocean and are worried about corrosion, aluminum, copper, or zinc roofs are impervious to salt air.    They are pricier than a pre-painted galvanized steel roof.  However, an aluminum roof is lighter than other kinds of metal roofs and it has a higher strength to weight ratio than other metals, which makes it an ideal roofing material for hurricane-prone areas. Are Metal Roofs Prone to Lightning Strikes? Absolutely not. Not only are metal roofs, no more likely to be hit by lightning than roofs covered with singles, but if they are stuck, they are 100% noncombustible. Typically made of steel with a protective zinc coating, a galvanized roof is also resistant to rust and high winds that accompany electrical storms.   They are also less costly than other types of metal roofs without sacrificing longevity since they typically last up to 60-years. But they do need to have their protective zinc coating reapplied every 20-years. Terne roofs are composed of stainless steel sandwiched between layers of tin, are also highly corrosion and weather resistant.   Corrugated metal roofs are also some of the most affordable steel roofing systems on the market. The downside is they have exposed fasteners and require more maintenance than other metal roofs.   Are Copper Roofs the Better Choice? If you want the ultimate in durability and ease of maintenance, you can’t beat copper. Copper roofs are corrosion resistant and never need to be painted. They can last for 100-years or more. Talk about a lifetime warranty. The only downside to copper is that they are less dent-resistant than steel roofs. However, the cost of copper can also be a king’s ransom when compared to other metal roofs.   Are Metal Tile and Slate More Efficient Than the Real Deal?  If you want the look of a slate or tile roof with the price and durability of steel, one of these products could be just the ticket.  However, the real reason some homeowners choose these over actual tile or slate roofs is the price and weight differential.   Metal slate and tile roof panels look like the real McCoy, but they cost half as much.  They’re also much lighter than tile or slate, which means you won’t have to risk your roof caving in after a rainstorm. Not only are clay tiles heavier, to begin with, but they can also absorb up to 15% of their weight in water.   What’s Included in a Metal Roof Warranty? While many traditional roofing companies offer “Lifetime Warranties” on shingle roofs, you need to read the fine print of each company's warranty. Far from guaranteeing a roof for life, some roofing companies and manufacturers define a lifespan as short as 5-years depending on the severity of the climate in a given area.   According to State Farm Insurance, a homeowner will typically replace their home’s shingles 2-3 times over the course of 50-years, while those who install a metal roof will rarely have to install a second roof since they typically last from 40-70 years. Metal roofs are also impervious to fire, rot, and damage by insects and rodents.   Is a Metal Roof a Good Fit for My Home?   When determining if a certain type or style of roofing is best suited for you, it all comes down to personal preference and budget. Also, it never hurts to get in touch with a local roofing contractor to come out for an inspection and help you decide your ultimate decision.   If you’re just starting out the process of delving into all-things-metal-roofs, you’re probably getting ready to find and hire a local roofing contractor. To locate a great local roofing contractor that’s the best fit for you, RoofCrafters has provided a checklist of questions to ask your local roofing contractor, along with the right answers that you need to get back when you meet with these roofing contractors.   If you are in the South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida area, drop us a line on our contact page to begin your metal roof project. If you’d like to learn more about roofing services, feel free to browse the extensive resources located in our learning center.   Read Next: How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

Roof Storm Damage

By: Joe Martinez
March 18th, 2022

In 2021 alone, there have been 6 hurricanes, 20 tropical storms, and 867 tornadoes nationwide. Extreme weather conditions are frightening enough as it is without the added stress of needing a roof repair due to the damage that it caused. In your busy life, there’s never a convenient time to find out your roof needs repair, but If you check your roof for storm damage after severe weather, you may be able to minimize that pain.

By: Joe Martinez
March 1st, 2022

A brittle roof is one of the most common issues homeowners encounter. Although brittle roof damage may appear to be small and easily fixable, that's not always the case. There are many factors that you need to take into consideration before deciding on repairing your roof. Sounds fun, right?

Roof Storm Damage | insurance

By: Joe Martinez
February 24th, 2022

Roof damage is one of the most frustrating things to discover, other than your kid's new art project on your freshly painted kitchen walls. Not only can roof repairs be expensive, but they can lead to other parts of your home getting damaged. In the case of roof leaks, you can end up with water damage to objects in the house, a pest infestation, or even worse, mold. Let’s just say roof damage is bad.   If you are covered by insurance, then you’re in luck. Investing in the right insurance policy is critical to ensuring that it covers your needs. In addition, some insurance policies offer added protection against some factors that other policies don’t cover. Although, sometimes, homeowner’s insurance won’t cover your damages. Confusing, we know.

Roof Leaks

By: Joe Martinez
February 24th, 2022

You wouldn’t think that something as natural and lightweight as moss would cause roof leaks, but it absolutely can. Depending on your region, some roofs can have more moss growth than others. Certainly, if your house is near or under a lot of trees and has a wet or tropical climate, you’re at risk for abundant moss growth.

Roof Repair | roof inspection

By: Joe Martinez
February 15th, 2022

Life can get pretty crazy, and discovering that your roof is in need of an emergency repair on top of all that craziness is never a good feeling. Completely overwhelmed, you decided to take a stab at your first DIY roofing project. I mean, it can’t be that hard, can it? Anyone can fix their own roof!   You decide to grab your ladder and your bucket of tools and begin to scale the side of your house. Once you’re up there, you start to feel a little queasy from the height, and you’re beginning to think that flip-flops were maybe not the best shoe choice in this situation. Yeah, you should get down now.