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Schenectady Roofing: Article About Using Metal Roofing On Residential Property

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Although metal has been used as a roofing product for over a century, it is only in the last decade or so that it has become a popular choice for residential properties. Its long history of use on barns and commercial buildings has shown its durability and longevity, but until recently, its style has left a lot to be desired. Now, however, metal roofing products come in an array of styles and colors that complement a host of home designs. Working with a certified Schenectady roofing professional can assist property owners in learning the ins and outs of metal roofing, but here is some basic information with which to get started.

Metal roofing comes in two main varieties: standing seam panels and metal shingles. Metal shingles are slightly less expensive than the panels, but both provide excellent protection against the elements. One advantage to using standing seam panels is that the connectors for each panel lie about an inch above the roof decking. This provides excellent leak protection for rainy areas. Additionally, panels can be cut to fit on site, which reduces waste and ensures custom coverage. Panels work exceptionally well on steep pitches as well and can be used as a highlight on turrets or other hard to roof areas of the home.

Metal shingles offer the greatest design variety.

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They can be coated to resemble other, more traditional roofing products, or stamped with patterns to emulate Victorian designs. Like the panels, they are available in a wide range of colors. The ability to customize is a very attractive feature of this type of shingle. Homeowners can create a roof that is not only a focal point of their home, but one that will last for decades as well.

Both panels and shingles have a Class A fire rating and are resistant to mold, mildew and insect infestation. The have a high wind and impact resistance as well. Because they are made from recycled metals, and can be recycled themselves, metal roofing products are considered green products. Both federal and state governments offer property owners who install metal roofing a tax break, usually in the form of a credit on the amount of tax they owe.

Metal does cost quite a bit more than asphalt shingles, but it lasts a great deal longer and requires less maintenance and care. All roofs should have an annual inspection, but metal rarely requires work or repair except in the severest weather. For many homeowners, the money saving benefits and the typical 50 year warranty make the investment into a metal roof quite worthwhile.

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