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Top 50 DIY Bathroom Design and Decor Ideas – DIY Home Improvements

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When focusing on design, bathrooms are often overlooked and neglected. Reclaiming your lavatory as a stylish space which fits well with the rest of the house not only increases the value of your home, it can also turn a functional room into a personal sanctuary. Read on to learn what to expect from bathroom design in the upcoming year!

bathtub surrounded by natural stones and design candles

To help you navigate this list, it’s broken into the following categories:

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Style
Features
Elements
Colors
Lighting
Tiles

Style:

1. Asian-Inspired

Asian designs are minimalistic and serene. Its open, flowing design incorporates natural elements with indoor décor. Walls become curved, showers transform into waterfalls and stone motifs make you feel as if you’re in a garden.

2. Spa-Inspired

Spa-inspired bathrooms bring the feel of being on vacation to your home. The design is modern, yet tranquil and luxurious. It turns the bathroom into a place of escape and rejuvenation.

3. French-Luxury

French designs are luxurious with modern elements. It incorporates modern comforts and richness with marble, wood vanities and crystal chandeliers. Think glamorous dressing area.

Features:

4. Open Space

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Credits: Willman Interiors

Regardless of the style, open space is the key feature of modern bathrooms.

5. Large Showers

Large, open-framed showers with waterfall or multi-showerheads are another key element of modern design.

6. Large Free-standing Tubs

Vessel-shaped-bathtub-by-Splinter-Works Built-in tubs with jets are being replaced with large, free standing tubs such as a hammock-shaped, bowl-shaped, vessel-shaped, or Japanese soaking tubs. Image Credit: Splinter Works

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December 5, 2016 |

Wood Siding Cost: Natural Wood Vs. Engineered Wood Siding – Materials & Labor Costs

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Natural Wood – lap / bevel, shakes and shingle, board-and-batten, split logs

Wood provides a rich, natural look that many prefer. Some of the other materials on this list (their manufacturers) do what they can to mimic the appearance of natural wood, as the appearance is that desirable.

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It is a versatile material and has many styles as noted above. Lap, also known as bevel, is arguably the most popular, with horizontal boards being the common appearance for wood. While wood shakes and shingles are also popular, or small rectangular shapes of wood covering the home (though other shapes are sometimes used, which just further demonstrates its versatility). Board-and-Batten is horizontal boards around a structure, or the traditional look for a barn. And split-log is the type of appearance one might think is a home in a forest or on a mountain, yet can really exist anywhere. Each of these styles have varying degrees of complexity for installing and may require expertise, which would add to cost.

Wood is in the cost range of $5 to $10 per sq. ft. and depends on the grain mainly, as well as the style. The order we put the styles at the top of this entry (bevel being first) is essentially the order of cost from least to most expensive.

An average-sized home will cost between $14,000 and $27,000 for standard wood siding, including materials and installation.

A major selling point and notable benefit wood (one of the pros outlined below) is that it’s very durable if properly maintained. Which is also a con, because it requires routine maintenance. Everyone knows wood can burn, and so it is sometimes treated with fire retardant chemicals. Likewise, wood tends to fade in color or attracts insects. Thus, coats of stain or paint are added to overcome these issues. Those coats last at most 5 years before they substantially deteriorate. Proper maintenance in some cases means every 2 years re-staining the side of your home, to ensure longevity of the material. Clear stain coats are desired to draw out the natural beauty of certain wood grains.

Wood is one exception where we’d wish to note the sub-types as they are natural and do generally go into decision for the material, while also affecting the cost. So, the types of wood used as siding for a homes are as follows:

  • pine
  • spruce
  • cypress
  • cedar
  • redwood
  • red cedar

Pros: very durable if properly maintained, natural beauty, is Eco-friendly, easier to install (for some styles)

Cons: requires ongoing maintenance (adding to overall investment costs), is expensive, subject to ongoing problems with insect and animals

Natural vs. Engineered Wood Siding

Engineered Wood is a product made from wood fibers and bonding agents. It is a strong, lightweight material that is less expensive than natural wood. Whatever are the natural imperfections of wood, engineered wood overcomes this. For appearances, this is rather subjective, but functionally, engineered wood is not something that animals/insects tend to be attracted to.

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June 21, 2016 |

Top Hardwood Flooring Ideas and Trends in 2015 – 2016

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hardwood-floors Flooring is one of the most important components of your home’s interior design, and it can certainly help define the overall ambiance and atmosphere in your home.

Today, many homeowners are looking for a lot more in their hardwood floors than just the good ol’ aesthetic appeal. Growing concerns for better environment, coupled with the desire to live a more natural and greener life style, compels many people to look into hardwood floors that are Eco-friendly, with an authentic look and feel of real wood.

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While in 2016, authenticity and sustainability are the general trends for residential hardwood flooring, there is a plethora of interpretations and styles, ranging from rare exotic species to replicas of historical reclaimed wood. Any one of these trendy beautiful hardwood flooring styles will enable any homeowner to create a unique, deeply personal space that you can truly call home.

Wide Plank Design

wide-plank-wood-floors One of the biggest new trends favored by both homeowners and interior designers is wide plank hardwood flooring. This trend is fueled by modern home designs that have open plan living and dining spaces. Wide planks provide an integrated, seamless look that unifies different areas of the house. Depending on the type of wood, finish and construction, wide wood planks start from 5” and go all the way up to 7-8” plus.

Authentic Look and Feel

harwood-floors-close-up As an increasingly fast-paced and technology-dependent modern lifestyle can feel overwhelming at times, more people turn to creating a serene, nature-oriented atmosphere in their homes. In 2016, many homeowners want wood floors that looks as close as possible to natural wood. This includes natural imperfections, swirls and knots that give wood its authentic look and feel. Wood flooring brushed to emphasize wood’s natural texture, and oiled to preserve its warm feel will be in high demand.

Unique Colors

pale-color-wood-floors While many homeowners will still choose traditional wood flooring colors, one of the hot trends this year is using pale tones of grey and white in wood flooring. While this may seem like an unlikely choice, these colors actually offer sophisticated and versatile design solutions that compliment both classic and contemporary interiors. These colors go hand-in-hand with the trend for wide open spaces, which feel even more spacious and bright in combination with pale color hardwood floors. Also, these colors have the advantage of making smaller spaces appear larger.

Exotic Species

exotic-wood-floors For many people, returning back to nature is synonymous with rare exotic species of wood. This is nature at it its best, where the functionality of a floor meets the stunning beauty of these rare wood species. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of unique looks, such as Tiger Maple, bloodwood, African Mahogany, leopardwood, Indian Ebony, Brazilian Cherry, teak and many more. Out of concern for further endangering rare wood species around the globe, many homeowners are looking for alternatives but without compromising the desired look. As a result, manufacturers are coming out with new, innovative ways to cut, bake and dye common wood species in ways that replicate many of the exotic woods.

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May 12, 2016 |

Kitchen Remodeling Cost 2015 – 2016: Minor, Major & Upscale Kitchen Remodel

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Are you looking to remodel your kitchen this year? If so, then you need to know the following facts and figures for the year 2015 and 2016.

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Generally speaking, kitchen remodeling projects fall into the following three categories: minor, major, and upscale.

Minor

According to the Remodeling Magazine’s cost vs. value report, a national average cost for a mid-range, minor kitchen remodel is around $19,000 and includes the following:

In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and countertops, leave cabinet boxes in place, but replace fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace wall oven and cooktop with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate countertops; install mid-priced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.

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Major

A mid-range, major kitchen remodel national average cost is $56,700, which includes the following:

Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate countertops; and standard double-tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient wall oven, cooktop, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.

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Upscale

An upscale, major kitchen overhaul comes in with a remarkably hefty price tag of $113,000 based on a national average cost, which includes the following:
Update outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom cherry cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone countertops with imported ceramic or glass tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, cooktop, and 36-inch commercial grade range and vent hood; built-in warming drawer, trash compactor, and built-in combination microwave and convection oven. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets and built-in water filtration system. Add new general and task lighting including low-voltage undercabinet lights. Install cork flooring, cherry trim.

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Obviously if you live in a multi-million dollar home and money is not an issue, then going with the upscale kitchen remodel plan is the way to go. But, if money is in short supply, like it is for many families in the current economy, then a minor kitchen remodel or a variation thereof is probably the way to go for cost-conscious homeowners.

Did you know?

According to National Kitchen & Bath Association, kitchen cabinets can account for about a third of the total kitchen remodel cost, while countertops are about 10 percent.

Therefore, if money is really tight and/or you are not sure how long you might be staying in your home, then some more conservative options such as refacing your old kitchen cabinets and resurfacing countertops may be in order.

March 10, 2016 |

Metal Roofing Installation DIY

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Are you planning on re-roofing your home this Spring, or sometime soon? Have you ever considered installing a new metal shingles roofing system on your home or garage by yourself? If so, read on to learn more.

Metal Shingles Roofing Installation

Metal Shingles Installation

Why go with Metal?

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steel shingles

Why waste your time and money on the installation of common roofing shingles, when you can install steel shingles metal roof, a sustainable roofing alternative that, unlike asphalt shingles, is energy efficient, long lasting, and environmentally responsible. In this guide, I am going to show you how to prepare your roof’s deck, and provide instructions on how to do a basic metal roofing installation for your home.

Installation Instructions

Difficulty Level: Moderately Challenging

In order to complete metal roofing installation successfully you need to know how to use basic home improvement tools and a ladder safely, and that you have a certain level of experience with general home improvements.

Tools You will Need

  • Sheet Metal Sheers
  • Chalk line
  • tool belt
  • Roofing hammer
  • tape measure
  • 90 degree square
  • color string
  • metal roofing materials
  • roofing underlayment
  • Safe Ladder
  • Personal Safety Harness

In this guide, I am going to demonstrate the basic principles involved in the installation of green metal roofing system made from metal, a green building material that can help you save over thirty percent on your energy costs. In order to show you the basic steps, I will show you how to install a metal shingle roofing system over a basic gable roof.

Metal Shingles Roof can be made from aluminum, steel, zinc, or copper. Regardless of what material your system is made out of, the installation techniques will be quite similar for metal shingle roofs.

Step 1

In step one, we need to decide weather, we are going to tear-off our existing roof, or install metal shingle roofing system over the existing roof. If your existing roof has only one layer of asphalt shingles, and the roof’s deck is believed to be in a good condition, then we can roof over top. But, if there are two or more layers of roofing shingles, or if the condition of your roof’s deck is questionable, then you have to tear off your old roof, repair the roof deck, and install a breathable roofing underlayment before installing your new metal roofing system.

A Roof Deck with rotten boards just replaced

A Roof Deck with rotten boards just replaced

If your roof deck is made of boards rather than plywood, and there are some spaces in between the boards (You can inspect your roof deck from the attic), then you may have to install 3/4 inch plywood over the entire roof’s deck in order to cover any spaces in between the boards, and to avoid driving roofing nails that secure metal shingles to your roof deck, into an empty space in between the boards comprising your roof’s deck.

Underlayment

An underlayment plays a critical role of a roof underneath a metal roof. Installing a breathable
roof underlayment underneath your metal shingles roof, will allow any moisture that may form due condensation, to evaporate rather than it becoming “trapped” underneath the underlayment, and thereby causing your roof deck’s boards to rot. Certainly, we do not want that to happen, that’s why we will install a breathable type of roofing underlayment over your roof’s deck, or over the existing roof provided that there is only one layer of shingles.

Installing roofing underlayment

Installing roofing underlayment

Roofing underlayment has to be installed from the bottom-up with a six inch overlap over and after every row of underlayment. During the installation, your roofing underlayment has to be well stretched from side to side to ensure that it does not wrinkle, when you sit or walk on it. In other words, it is not enough to simply roll it from side to side and nail it in. There has to be some tension from side to side in your roofing underlayment.

Should I install Ice-and-Water over eaves and valleys of my roof?

If you happen to live in a northern climate with frequent snow fall, then you will need to install one row of Ice-and-Water over eaves, and in the valleys of your roof, if you have any. You can then continue installing your roofing underlayment with a 6 inch overlap over the preceding row.

Step 2

Installing a drip edge flashing

Installing a drip edge flashing

Once our roof deck is fully covered with a breathable roof underlayment, it is time to install a drip edge/starter metal flashing. We will start out by installing a starter/drip edge flashing, by securing it to the eave of the roof deck with a metal roofing system manufacturer approved fasteners. For aluminum shingles, it would be ring shank nails made out of aluminum, while for steel shingles it would be galvanized steel nails.

The drip edge flashing is usually installed starting from a left gable, and progressing towards the right. It gets secured to the roof deck by appropriate fasteners every 12 inches on center.

Once your drip edge flashing is in place, it is time to install a gable flashing. We will start at the bottom corner of our gable, and we will align our gable flashing to the side of the gable of our roof overlapping the starter/drip edge flashing. Each successive gable flashing will overlap the one below by a minimum of 2 inches. Gable flashings can be inserted into each other, but it has to be inserted in such a way that a rainwater running down never gets underneath the system.

Installing gable flashing

Installing gable flashing

Step 3

Now, it is time to install our first metal roofing shingle. When installing metal shingles, it is usually recommended to start with half of a shingle, or 3 quarters of a shingle length depending on the system design and manufacturer’s specifications. Some metal shingles roofing systems such as the one by Tamko Metal Works, have small indents on the back of each shingle that indicate where and when to make a cut, and for which particular row of shingles, so that your metal shingles are laid out and installed in a correct pattern.

Refer to the pictures of metal shingles being installed below to get an idea. Note that a metal shingle has an interlocking design. We lock our first shingle into both gable and starter flashing. We will have to use metal sheers to make a small cut in the bottom left corner of the shingle to allow gable flashing protrude through the bottom of our first shingle. All we have to do is make a small cut in the lock of a metal shingle about six inches away from the left side of the shingle, and bend that small portion of the lock tightly to the shingle itself.

Thus, it will be as if the first six inches of the lock were never there. The rest of the locking mechanisms of the shingle get locked into both the gable flashing on the side, and at the starter / drip edge flashing, at the eave / bottom. Once our first shingle is installed, we secure it with nails or special screws in accordance with metal roofing system manufacturer’s specifications.

Metal Shingles Installation - Locking into a gable and starter flashing

Metal Shingles Installation – Locking into a gable and starter flashing

Now that our first shingle is installed and locked into gable and starter flashing, it is time to cast some straight lines in order to ensure that all metal shingles are installed in a correctly aligned fashion according to vertical and horizontal alignment lines.

We will use a special tool called “square” and a level in order to cast the lines, and then we will use colored strings as our visual guidelines of the straight lines that we can adhere-to when installing successive rows of metal roofing shingles.

Steel Shingles Installation

Steel Shingles Installation

Steel shingles should be installed using a so-called row-and-column diagonal installation methodology, which makes it easy to add and secure metal shingles working your way up from preceding / lower rows of shingles upwards along a diagonal.

Metal Roofing Installation using a diagonal methodology

Metal shingles installation using a diagonal methodology

When we reach an opposite, or a far side of a gable, we have to cut off a part of a shingle so that it will fit and lock into the gable. Use carpenter’s pen to indicate where a shingle needs to be cut in order to insert it into the gable flashing.

Step 4

At this point you have reached a ridge of the roof. Now, you may choose to install a ridge vent before installing ridge caps that come with the system. You will want to install a ridge vent, only when and if you also have soffit vents in your roof. If you do not, then installing a ridge vent will be useless, and you will get a better ventilation of your attic by installing gable vents, or system specific passive vents, instead.

Should you choose to install the ridge vent, make sure that you lay it out nicely, and secure it with the ridge cap that gets installed over the ridge vent as you go along. I recommend using some straight line guides to ensure that your ridge vent and system specific ridge caps are installed in a straight line.

Ridge Caps are installed by nailing it down on each side, and inserting next piece into the preceding ridge cap.

At this point you are all done, congratulations!

I have intentionally left out chimney and skylight flashing in order to keep the instructions easy to follow.

Here is a picture of the chimney flashing to give you an idea how it is done. This step is quite complicated and I recommend hiring a pro to show you how it should be done. You will also need to use caulk and “water stop” when installing chimney metal flashing.

Chimney Metal Flashing Installation

Chimney Metal Flashing Installation

We have covered the basic steps to install metal roofing yourself, and at this point you should at least have a basic idea of what is going on. Now, may wonder how to get metal roofing materials, and what kind. You will want to buy Energy star rated materials that qualify for green building tax credits. I recommend using steel shingles roof system that can be obtained at a professional roofing supply warehouse for contractors.

Tips, Facts, and Warnings

Metal is an Eco-friendly roofing material that can offer as much as forty percent in energy savings, lasts two to three times longer than conventional roof, weighs significantly less than asphalt, helps to pay for itself over time, provides energy efficient tax credits, and helps to appraise the value of your property.

When a new metal roof is installed correctly, it eliminates the need for any on-going, costly roof maintenance and repairs.

Safety Considerations

Safety is the key. Make sure your ladders are properly secured at the top and at the bottom. Wear a safety harness, and make sure that you know how to properly use your fall arrest equipment. Never work alone. Install your safety anchors into the studs of the roof, and not just into the plywood. Use quality screws, rather than some cheap nails that will pull out should you take a fall.

References:

www.MetalRoof.us/

April 3, 2015 |

Top Basement Remodeling Ideas and Trends for 2014-2015

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It’s the beautiful Spring season again! In other words, it’s time to start contemplating and planning for some new, important & exciting home remodeling upgrades for the upcoming year… And what better time is there to do it other than now!?

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If you are planning to remodel your basement and turn it into an comfortable and functional space that your family and guests can enjoy, there are some fundamental things you need to consider; Whether you are looking to splurge or do a basic renovation on a budget, transforming your basement into an inviting space should include working with the walls, ceiling, flooring and lighting. Additionally, there are many unique and cool ways you can decorate your basement space to make it look and feel like the rest of your home.

Oh, wouldn’t you agree that Fall and Winter seasons are by far some of the best times to enjoy your basement space with friends and family gathered around to enjoy a few good drinks and perhaps play a game of pool in your own basement!

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Check out these essential design ideas to get your basement renovation off to the right start:

Finish the walls

basement-remodeling-idea Chances are your unfinished basement has unattractive gloomy walls that make it look like a secondary space. No matter how you slice it, walls made out of poured concrete or stacked concrete blocks just don’t look cozy. To turn this around, you need to cover up the concrete walls and there are a variety of materials you can choose from. You can consider using drywall, plywood, paneling, or paint over the concrete, depending on your budget and aesthetic preferences.

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April 2, 2015 |

Interview with New England Metal Roofing Company

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Whether you are building a new house, or are looking to replace your old leaking roof, today you have many great roofing options to choose from. In fact, there are so many choices that it is not always clear which roofing material would make a worthwhile investment that will protect your home for many years to come.

New England Standing Seam Metal Roof

In recent years, metal roofs, which once used to be a highly specialized niche product have become increasingly popular among home owners across the US, for their exceptional durability, longevity and style. Our staff writer, Yelena Gulnik, sat down with the owner of New England Metal Roof, Leo Biyevetskiy to get the real scoop on purchasing and installing a metal roof.

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What is the number 1 reason that homeowners end up choosing a metal roof when there are many other cheaper roofing options available?

Over the years of installing metal roofs I find that ultimately homeowners choose to go for the more expensive metal roof product vs something like asphalt shingles, because they know that a metal roof will last them for decades. Moreover, no one wants to deal with maintenance – by installing a metal roof, a homeowner basically relieves himself of having to ever worry about roof leaks, and having to spend time and money on hiring contractors to fix them.

Are there climates and regions in the US where a metal roof would be more advantageous than other types of roofs?

Metal roofs will offer superior protection and durability in any climate, but from my experience it is in the Northern states where metal roofs really beat out the competition. One of the biggest problems that homeowners living in cold climates that get a lot of snow storms face is ice dams, which ultimately cause roof leaks and require costly repairs. A properly installed metal roof is virtually immune to ice dams (it sheds water and snow, which does not let ice dams form as much as they do on asphalt roofs) issues.

Moreover, metal roof design prevents ice from backing up under the panel. This means that even if ice dams do form, they will not cause a roof leak. Also, metal roofs preform exceptionally well hurricane prone regions because they have a very high wind resistance, often above 110 mph, preventing the roof from being blown off.

Are there home styles/types that a metal roof would not be a good option for?

A metal roof would not be a good option for homes that have roof slopes below 3 in 12 inches (low slope). Most metal roofs are not designed to work on such a low slope, but neither are shingles.

In your experience, what is the biggest misconception that homeowners have about metal roofs?

Whenever I have given estimates for metal roofs, every homeowner has asked me whether a metal roof will be loud when it rains. The answer is no, metal roofing technology is highly advanced, so you would not be able to hear any noise from your metal roof, when it rains.

Are there advantages that only a metal roof can offer?

Only a metal roof can offer the unbeatable combination of substantial heat reduction in the attic/lower cooling bill, attractive looks, and a long service life (50+ years), all at a reasonable price. Just to compare: slate roofs also offer a very long service life and great curb appeal but cost double the price of metal roofs. By the same token, clay tile roofs are a long lasting and great looking product, but they will cost you about 3 times the price of a metal roof, and will require special framing to accommodate 8-10 lb per sq foot weight.

Not all metal roofs are the same, are there particular ones that you would recommend in terms of having the biggest return on investment?

My favorite type as far as looks, price, ease of installation and longevity is a steel shingles metal roof. Another worthwhile option that comes at a slightly higher cost is aluminum shingles.

What are some premium metal roof types? Are they worth the investment?

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The premium types are copper and zinc roofs. These roofs will give you either an industrial or classic look of metal roofs but will set you back about 2.5 times the cost of an aluminum roof, which is equally as good, but not a premium metal. In my opinion, these types of roofs are not for everyone, but some people just want to have zinc or copper. If you want it, we will install it.

If a homeowner is considering investing in a metal roof, are there things that he/she needs to be aware of that a contractor may not disclose?

First of all, be sure to hire a contractor specializing in metal roofing. Find out how many roofing jobs they have installed; what is the ratio of their metal roof jobs to asphalt shingles jobs? This will help you figure out what their real focus and specialty is. The bottom line is you do not want to hire a contractor that does not specialize in metal roofs, because they will most likely not know the proper installation procedures/techniques, and your roof will be more likely to leak after the installation.

There was a really bad incident down on the Cape Cod, a few years back that clearly illustrates my point; A crew of subcontractors working for a big metal roofing company base in Massachusetts, installed a roof on an ocean-front house. This was an aluminum shingles roof, and they installed in a stair like manner. The problem was that they nailed every second row of shingles to speed up the process and make money faster instead on nailing every shingle. When the first storm hit, the roof got blown off. Moral of the story: any roof is as good as the contractor who installed it.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is best to stay away from the exposed fasteners metal roof systems. These are usually made with low grade metal, cheap acrylic paint, the penetrations from fastener will start to rust, and the whole system will last only around 20 years.

Moreover, I recommend getting aluminum because on average it increases the total cost of the job by 5%, but you will know for sure it will never rust. Although today’s premium steel roofs ( G-90 steel and Galvalume) are very high quality there is always a chance that it may rust, especially if your home is near the ocean.

Lastly, always tear off your old asphalt shingles roof, do the necessary wood repairs to the roof deck and instruct your contractor to use breathable synthetic underlayment.

Metal roofs are advertised as being virtually maintenance free. Is this true, or is there some maintenance still involved?

Unless somebody needs to regularly go on a roof ( chimney sweeper) a properly installed metal roof should not require any maintenance. If you install leaf guards, you will not even need to clean your gutters, and you can sell your ladder at the next yard sale:)

Why are metal roofs marketed as energy efficient? How much of real energy savings would a homeowner get if they install a metal roof?

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Today, most metal roofs come with a cool roof coating but even if your roof is not rated as a “cool roof” it will still be much cooler than any asphalt shingle roof. A metal roof does not retain heat. Since there is an air space between metal panels and the roof substrate the heat transfer is minimal. A “cool” metal roof will reflect anywhere from 30 percent to as much as 85 percent of the heat from the sun. This means that on average, a homeowner can save $50-100 a month on cooling costs alone during the summer season (from May to September). In the winter, homeowners will no longer have to use heating cables or other methods to try to melt the snow in order to prevent ice dams on their roofs. – Incidentally, not having to use electric power to melt the snow will also help you save money on any additional electricity costs associated with that process.

July 23, 2014 |
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