There are many options when it comes to roofing material but for some people, having a metal roof is the only option to consider. Not only does a metal roof last much longer than shingles, it will pay off in a number of ways, including lower cooling costs and less of an environmental impact. For many homeowners, the choice to use a metal roof comes with a difficult decision, replacing the shingles.
More than likely, you are going to run into the question as to whether you should replace the shingles or simply put the new metal roof over top of them. In some cases, it may physically be possible to do so but you will find that it is typically better to have the shingles removed with a complete tear off. That is especially true if there is more than one layer of shingles or if any problems are noticed with the existing shingles. You don’t want those problems to be covered over with a metal roof, as it could be a real headache in the future.
Another issue that should not be overlooked is the weight of adding a metal roof over an existing shingle roof. This can be problematic, as not every deck is going to be able to handle the additional weight. A complete tear off prior to the installation of the metal roof will negate that problem.
The removal of the existing shingles is always the best choice to make. The roofing company that you hire to install the metal roof can take care of that process for you. Prior to the time that you hire them, make sure that they are going to care for your property by having a dumpster in position to carry off the existing shingles. They should also use ladder stabilizers to avoid damaging the existing gutters.
There is no doubt that installing a metal roof is an expensive investment but it is one that many homeowners recognize as being for the best. If the metal roof is going to last much longer than a shingle roof, then it is an investment that will only have to be made one time.
Metal roofs are beautiful and they really make a statement about your property. It is a choice that many homeowners make, not only for the benefits but because they recognize the quality of what they are getting.
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