Metal Roofing Repair

Metal Roofing Repair

Metal roofs are strong, durable and typically last 50 years or more. They're designed to stand up to extreme wind of up to 150-mph wind, which is as powerful as an F5 tornado. The hail that accompanies these types of severe storm also has little impact on the roof. Compared to other types of roofing materials, metal roofs are low-maintenance and don't require a lot of hands-on care. However, they aren't invincible. Sometimes metal roofing repair is necessary and can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand. It's important to know how to care for your roof investment and when it's time to call the professionals in for help. 

Signs of Metal Roofing Damage

The earlier you can catch any harm, the better. Small problems have a tendency to snowball into much bigger and more expensive issues if they're overlooked. A $300 repair could end up reaching $1,000 if months of neglect come into play. 

You probably don't end up on your roof on a regular basis, so sometimes it's hard to stay on top of things. If you have binoculars or a video drone, you have an easy way to get your eyes on the metal's condition without physically getting on top of your property. 

If you feel safe doing so, you can inspect the damage yourself by heading to the rooftop. Be careful about where you step, as metal roofing is sturdy, but the protection is primarily designed around keeping out the weather, not accommodating foot traffic. Have footwear on that doesn't scratch the metal, and try to move via purlins or joists to decrease the chances that you cause damage. Don't hesitate to call a metal roofing professional to check for you, as they have extensive experience walking around on rooftops. 

Here are a few signs of metal roofing damage to look for, whether you view it remotely or go straight to the source.

  • The flashing has gaps or is otherwise compromised. Flashing is the pieces of metal that sit between the roof and other parts of the house, such as a chimney or skylight. A problem with the flashing often leads to leaking inside the home. 
  • Moisture in the attic. Is the humidity in your attic rising, or can you physically see leaks? The water damage starts in the room closest to the roof in many cases so that you can get an early warning. 
  • Ponding water. Is water settling in on part of your roof without draining down into the gutter or off the side of the building? A damaged sheet of metal, problematic flashing or other issues can create a space where water builds up instead of running off. 
  • Rust. Metal roofs get treated with a sealant that reduces the chance of rust, but if this material is compromised through scratches or gouges, rust can form. A common cause of rust is bringing in metals that aren't the same as the roofing material. The contact point between these two disparate materials creates a corrosive spot. 
  • Fasteners that are missing, out of place or aren't flush against the metal. The fasteners are essential in keeping your metal roof on top of the building. If these parts have problems, you don't have the protection that a metal roof normally provides. 

What Repair Options Do You Have? 

So you've looked at your metal roof and you have some type of damage. Now it's time to figure out what repair options work out the best for each type of problem. 

Minor Damage

All damage to a roof has the potential to become a major problem, but you had the opportunity to catch it before it progressed. Some metal roof repairs have the possibility of being DIY fixes, but you need to weigh the cost savings of DIY against your safety, as well as the potential to use an incorrect method for resolving the issue. When in doubt, bring a professional out to assess the damage. 

With that said, here are a few things that are relatively easy to repair:

  • Missing or damaged fasteners: Use the recommended fasteners to put the roof back into tip-top shape. The manufacturer of the roofing material or the installation company can tell you which ones are appropriate. 
  • Incorrect fasteners: Corrosion may have occurred if the wrong fasteners were used in parts of the installation. Pull the affected parts and swap in new fasteners. 
  • Remove surface rust spots with steel wool or a chemical cleaner designed for this purpose. Once the rust is cleared out, prime, paint and seal that part of the roof. 

Major Damage

The damage to your metal roof may be more extensive than the situations mentioned above. Parts of the sheet metal could be completely loose, flashing not aligned properly, degraded sealant or other problems go well beyond most DIYers' capabilities. Recurring leaks can be particularly damaging, as they may lead to mold growth inside your home or other issues. Reach out to a metal roofing professional so they can figure out exactly what's wrong, why it occurred, and how to fix it so you can get back to enjoying your long-lived roof. 

Can You Extend the Life of the Metal Roof With Regular Repair and Maintenance

Metal roofs have the potential to last a lifetime, but you do need to provide the right care to keep it going strong. On the repair side of things, make sure that you bring in the professionals whenever there's a question of a minor problem turning into a huge issue, or if you aren't confident in your ability to fix it completely. A few hundred dollars on a repair is much less expensive than $10,000+ for a new metal roof. 

You also need to stay on top of routine maintenance if you want to maximize the lifespan of your metal roof. As previously mentioned, frequent inspection of this part of your property is essential to catching anything that could lead to a compromised roof. The other thing to keep in mind is that while the roof can last a lifetime, the sealant that protects it doesn't. At approximately the 20 year mark you need to get the roof resealed, so it continues to protect your home against the elements. Ask a metal roofing expert how long you can go before this needs reapplied. 

Another component of your roof that passes through a replacement process is the fasteners. The effective lifespan of these parts depends on the style used, so check-in with your metal roof installer to see when you should schedule a replacement. 

Is your metal roof painted to add curb appeal to your home? The overall effect looks great, but you need to be vigilant about checking for paint chips, as these could potentially lead to rust spots. Touch up any areas that need a refresh, and consider getting the entire roof done if the marks are too extensive. 

Debris on your roof and in the gutters should be cleaned on a regular basis, so everything functions properly. Depending on the type of waste, you also run the risk of corrosion if you leave it in place. Extendable cleaning tools allow you to clear all of this material off of your roof and out of the gutters, and you can also work with a gutter and roof cleaner if you prefer. 

Do you live in a location that gets snow? One of the best benefits of metal roofs is the way that it melts snow and causes it to slide right off. Sometimes this effect doesn't occur, which creates a pile of snow that can build up. The weight could accumulate and cause roofing problems, or it offers a place for standing ponds to form. Use roof cleaning tools to get the snow off of it. 

In general, you want to check-in on your roof's condition two times a year or more. Also take the time to take a look when you have strong storms in your area. While metal roofs are designed to hold up to extreme weather, that doesn't mean they always go unscathed after a hurricane or a similar event. 

What Factors Influence Metal Roofing Repair Prices

The cost of your metal roofing repair varies significantly based on what part of the roof is damaged, how large your roof is, whether the professional needs to completely replace sheets of the roof, how soon you need the damage fixed and whether it's an ongoing issue. When you talk to a metal roofing company, try to be as thorough as possible when describing what's going on. The more information they have available, the more likely it is that they can give you a more accurate quote. In most cases, they do need to assess the damage for themselves before they can provide you with the price since they can evaluate every aspect of the issue due to their experience. 

 

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Commercial Metal Roofing: The First Choice for Many Businesses

People tend to picture asphalt shingles when they hear the word “roof.” In fact, ask a group of 100 folks to imagine a roof, and metal isn’t what jumps to their minds. That’s unfortunate because metal roofing has a lot going for it, and it has helped quite a few businesses in their endeavors.

Why Would a Business Choose Metal Roofing?

The question should really be: Why wouldn’t a business choose metal roofing? Metal has so many things going for it. For example:

  • You can also paint your metal roof twice if you want. For example, at Metalsbetter, the paint alone comes with a 40-year warranty. Your roof will look as professional for as long as you need it to.
  • Metal roofs are more budget-friendly than asphalt. You can get one metal roof for the life of two or three asphalt roofs. Plus, it’s for a price that is only 15 to 20 percent more than a single asphalt roof. Install a metal roof, and it should last for the rest of your life.
  • Although we offer excellent roof coatings, they are more for industrial buildings and they are not considered “paint”. The metal panel manufacturer does provide a 40yr warranty on the finish of the panel. But we do not paint roofs nor do we recommend it.
  • Metal helps your business save on its energy expenses. In fact, this type of roof keeps your interior temperatures level. No more shivering customers, no more sweating employees. You’ll see savings in other areas, too. Metal is safe and noncombustible, and the roofs don’t leak. So, insurers may give you a safety discount. We do not have knowledge of any safety discounts, however most insurance will provide a discount due to the durability & features of metal.

In a nutshell: Businesses love metal because of its longevity, affordability, appearance and safety.

How Does a Metal Roof Look?

Want a rustic look for your business? How about something sleek and modern? Or perhaps you prefer a California-style vibe. Metal roofing systems are incredibly versatile, which allows your roof to mesh well with the style and tone your business wants to set.

You don’t have to settle for the same look that every other business has.

In fact, you can choose from more than 100 colors, and if you want to copy the appearance of clay tile, slate or even asphalt, you can. (And there are many more selections.) If you prefer not to have metal shingles, you can opt for a standing seam roof. It performs just as well as metal shingles do.

Metal Roofing and Durability Go Hand in Hand

If you’re like the typical business, durability for your roof matters. A lot. For example, you don’t want a collapsed roof to interrupt operations and to turn off clients. The costs stemming from a damaged roof are tremendous, going beyond the direct repair or replacement price tag. For example, unsightly water stains on the ceiling may raise questions about the professionalism of your business.

Appearance matters, and you’ve got to have a roof that prevents problems.

Did you know that metal roofing is largely immune to extreme weather?

Your business can stay safe in all sorts of crazy weather, including snowstorms, hailstorms and windstorms. Goodness knows Oklahoma sees its share of ice storms and tornadoes; a metal roof boosts the odds that your business won’t have to close for even one day.

As for rust, it shouldn’t form on your metal roof. A coating of zinc and aluminum, or zinc alone, gets put on at the factory, and it prevents rust formation. Just choose the color you want for your paint, and never worry about rust.

You can also walk on a metal roof without causing damage, but each roof is unique. To walk safely on yours, get instructions from the manufacturer or installer.

Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing Metal Roofing

If you’re debating whether to go with metal roofing or another roofing type, ask a few questions.

What will I do with the current (old) roof?

If you choose metal, it’s possible for the new roof to be installed on top of the existing roof.

Is my roof near the end of its life?

If your roof still has a good few years in it and is performing well, you may want to wait to install a new roof unless there are good financial or time reasons for doing so now.

What are the top three things I want from my roof?

For example, you might need your roof to last at least 40 years, to have an appearance that fits your business, and to protect against storms. If you’re looking for a cheap option to last no longer than, say, 10 years, metal roofing probably isn’t for you.

How important is environmental friendliness to me/to the business?

Metal roofs are made largely from recycled material and can last 50 years or more. They also lead to lower energy bills and have a reduced carbon footprint. If your business culture values sustainability and the environment, metal is a smart choice.

How to Pick a Metal Roofing Company for Your Business

It’s a good idea to talk with at least three roofing companies. Get a feel of what level of service and quality you can expect from each, and keep a few things in mind.

Commercial expertise: Does the roofer have a lot of experience helping businesses, or is its work primarily residential?

Metal expertise: Likewise, just how well-versed is the company with metal roofs? Does it offer other types of roofs, or does it exclusively work with metal? One choice isn’t necessarily better than the other, but if you choose a company that specializes in metal roofing, you likely have a lot more options.

Customer reviews: What do sites such as Angie’s List say about the companies you are considering? Are there common complaints on a company’s Facebook or Twitter account? And if this matters to you, does the company give back to the community?

Business practices: Consider issues such as warranty (how long it covers and how much) and whether the business is licensed. Workers should be bonded and insured, and it’s a good practice to ask about subcontracting. A company that subcontracts its work out isn’t one you need to avoid per se, but you should ask how it ensures quality work.

Budgeting: Only work with companies that are willing to give you a written estimate.

Time: You may want the roof installed as soon as possible, or you might prefer to wait until a slow period for your business. Whatever the case is, don’t forget to ask about time frames and how long it will take to install the roof. Ask about any discounts you might qualify for by waiting a few months.

FAQs

There’s no shortage of frequently asked questions when it comes to metal roofing. If you don’t see your question answered below (or in the article above), please contact us. We’ll try to address your concern.

Aren’t metal roofs loud?

No. Noise is one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding metal roofs, and they’re actually quieter than asphalt shingle. When it hails or rains, a solid covering ensures that your employees and clients can work as usual.

What about rust?

Nothing you need to worry about. A metallic coating protects your roof from rust.

How can a groundskeeper or other staffer clean my rain gutters?

It’s usually fine to walk on a metal roof. You should, however, talk with your installer or manufacturer to determine the safest way to do. Considerations include the pitch and shape of your roof.

Won’t lightning be drawn to the roof?

Thankfully, no! There’s likely to be something higher than your roof, say, a tree or tower, that lightning will strike instead. In any case, metal roofing is safe and non-flammable. If your metal roof were struck, it would spread the energy around safely.

How much does a metal roof cost?

Up front, the price tag is higher than it is for asphalt shingles, about 15 to 20 percent more. In the long run, though, the cost is relatively low because you don’t need the replacements you would with asphalt. Maintenance is easier, and you save on energy bills and insurance costs.

Costs depend on factors such as labor and the price of metal. If your roof has gables or slopes, they will add to the price tag. Always get an estimate from roofing companies before proceeding with a project.

What are the cons of a metal roof?

For some businesses, the upfront cost is a negative. Also, it’s possible that if one small area needs to be repaired, the color of the new section might be a little off due to sun exposure on the other sections. It’s also worth noting that firefighters often have difficulty getting through metal roofs (fires are unlikely, but firefighters could need access for other reasons).

Can I add “green” tech to a metal roof?

Of course! You can choose to install solar panels, for example. Alternatively, the Forward Roofing System relies on photovoltaics to create solar energy without having to sacrifice on appearance.

Stats about Metal Roofing

If you’re a numbers guy or gal, here are some metal roofing stats that may interest you.

Metal is on the rise. In 2014, 71 percent of respondents in a Metal Architecture survey said that they specified at least one metal roof system. In 2015, the percentage was 75.6, and it was forecast to grow to 76.7 percent in 2016.

Low-slope SSR is the most common metal roofing type nationwide, with 47.6 percent of respondents using it. In the Midwest, however, where Oklahoma is, batten seam was most common, with 25.5 percent of respondents using it. (If you consider Oklahoma to be in the South, low-slope SSR is more common there.)

Metal roof projects are of varying sizes. Those with roofs less than 10,000 square feet are most common in the Midwest, with 51.9 percent of survey respondents saying they worked on projects of this size. Only 3.7 percent said they’d worked on roofs in excess of 80,000 square feet.

As for solar panels and other “green” tech on metal roofs, there doesn’t seem to be much demand yet, although the numbers are growing. For instance, in the 2012 survey, 27.8 percent of respondents specified solar panels, solar films or photovoltaics. For the 2015 survey, the percentage had grown to 38.6.

It is obvious that metal is on the rise as a roofing option. Don’t let your business be left behind. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

What You Should Know About Standing Seam Roofing in Tulsa and Kansas City

You may not have heard the phrase standing seam roof before, but you have seen them before. The first standing seam roofs originated hundreds of years ago, when colonists needed a durable roofing material for important buildings, such as government buildings.

While you most commonly see it on commercial buildings today, standing seam roofs in Kansas City are showing up on more houses every year, with 46 percent of residential metal roofing projects using this option.

What is Standing Seam Roofing?

Standing seam roofing gets its name from the prominent seams connecting each metal panel together. These edges create bold vertical lines to give the roof a modern look that fits perfectly in trendy neighborhoods.

Another characteristic of standing seam roofing in Tulsa is the lack of exposed hardware, such as screws. The roofing material hides away these fasteners to maintain the clean and crisp lines of the seams and to create a more watertight roof.

Types of Standing Seam Roofing

You primarily see two types of standing seam roofing: field-locked and snap-lock. They look the same, but the roofing installers have different ways of installing each. Field-locked systems require contractors to use a specialized tool to connect each panel together. Snap-locked fits firmly together without the utilization of that equipment. There’s also a type of roof that has the same appearance as standing seam roofing, but they are large metal shingles.

Colors and Styles

You have many options when it comes to the styles available with standing seam roofing in Kansas City. Your contractor can create an entirely unique look for your home by varying the metal, width of the panels, the height of the seam and ribs, and the colors. If you’re in the mood for a subtle and sleek look, you can opt for muted colors and smaller seems.

Want a roof that gets the attention of everyone passing by? Choose bright colors and tall ribs. With panels that average twelve to nineteen inches wide and paint that’s capable of standing up to the elements, you have the flexibility for nearly any possibility.

Materials

The most common materials used to make standing seam roofs are post-consumer
recycled aluminum, galvanized steel, or an alloy that combines these two metals. Copper and zinc are also well-suited for this type of roofing, but they are not used as often due to their higher price points.

What are the Benefits of Standing Seam Roofing?

Standing seam roofing in Tulsa has a more complex installation process and a higher upfront price compared to asphalt. However, the benefits it provides for residential and commercial properties make it an excellent choice for many new roof, repair or replacement projects.

Increased Property Values

Whether you’re trying to sell your home or attract new customers to your business, standing seam roofing helps in several ways. The contemporary appearance of the roof catches the eye of anyone looking for a modern property. Lightweight metal puts less strain on the roof structure and your building, so both last longer.

It’s also impossible for water to get into the seams since they’re not exposed. You don’t have to worry about water leaking down from the roof and causing mold, mildew and other lurking issues in your walls.

Resistant to the Elements

Missouri is a lovely place to live, but sometimes the weather is not too kind to your property. Standing seam metal roofing stands up to the rain, sleet, snow and even most hail without a scratch. The angle of the roof also allows snow and ice to slide off easily. If a tornado or a high-wind storm rolls in, you’re covered up to 150 mph winds. The metal won’t burn if there’s a fire, so it prevents wildfire embers from catching on the roof.

If you’re wondering about whether the standing seam roof is more likely to attract lightning during a thunderstorm than nonmetal roofing material, the answer is no. Lightning seeks out the tallest object in a particular location, as it’s looking for the least amount of air travel possible.

You’re actually better off if you’re in a building with a metal roof during a storm, as its conductivity is an advantage in giving lightning the opportunity to ground efficiently. You end up with a lower risk of fire and other damage overall as there’s less chance of electricity converting into heat on the way down.

Low Maintenance and Durable

Standing seam roofing is made of durable metal that requires little maintenance and lasts more than 50 years. You may need to refresh the paint from time to time, as even fade-resistant coating has a set lifespan. You may occasionally need the odd dent repaired if the hailstones are particularly large, but in general metal roofs let you stay hands-off.

Compare this to asphalt shingle roofs, which have an effective lifespan of approximately 20 years and often need damaged or missing shingles replaced before this point. Wood shake roofing lasts 30 years, but you also need to stay vigilant for rot and insect infestation. You aren’t going to see any bugs making their home in your metal standing seam roof.

Energy Efficient

An asphalt roof absorbs the heat from the sun and ends up transferring that into your building. If you have an attic, you’re going to feel the difference when you go into the room. Standing seam roofing in Kansas City reflects the sun’s energy away from the property and can reduce your overall energy expenses by 20 percent.

Environmentally Friendly

Want to reduce your carbon footprint and live a greener lifestyle? This metal roofing style gives you plenty of ways to do your part to save the environment. They are often made out of recycled material and can also be reused if you need to put in a new roof. The installation may take place over existing roofing material, so you keep that out of the landfill. The lightweight material is also easier to transport to the supplier and the job site.

Solar Compatible

Some solar panel installations look like they’re tacked on to the house and destroy its curb appeal. Many standing seam systems have pre-built brackets designed to accommodate many types of photovoltaic solar panels. Since the roofing material has a forward-looking design, the panels look like an integrated part of the building.

How Much Does Standing Seam Roofing Cost?

Standing seam roofing prices are about the same as metal shingles, as these projects require specialized skills and sometimes equipment that the typical roofing company doesn’t have available. The installer often customizes the panels to the project, so the overall process is more complex than putting on shingles.

The exact cost is influenced by many factors, from the metal used in the panels to the size of your roof. A ballpark price for standing seam roof pricing ranges from $550 to $850 per square, with the following factors influencing where you fall in this range:

  • Type of metal: The base material cost for your standing seam roof depends on the metal you select. Aluminum is less expensive than zinc-coated steel, for instance, and both are lower than copper.
  • Panel thickness: If your standing seam roofing in Tulsa has thicker panels, you’ll add more to the price tag.
  • Installation complexity: An unusual design, difficult to access roof and other complications can add 10 percent or more to the labor costs for your project.
  • Preexisting supplier relationship: Some companies have long-term
    relationships with their material suppliers and have better pricing structures in place.
  • Exterior features: Do you have skylights, chimneys, and other exterior features on your roof? The installers have to customize the panels to accommodate these areas and install flashing to protect them from water.
  • Location: The local market and general cost of living in the area have a strong influence on pricing. Standing seam roofing in Kansas City is a lot less expensive than an installation in New York.
  • Roof size: The larger your roof is, the more panels you need to cover it. While your overall price for the project goes up, the price per panel goes down due to bulk pricing for the materials.
  • Design and colors: If you want a larger than normal standing seam or a custom color, you can expect that to drive up the cost.

Is Standing Seam Metal Roofs Worth the Investment?

The upfront cost of standing seam roofing is significant when compared to asphalt and other types of metal roofs, but you recuperate that cost over its 50+ year lifespan. You also save money by making your air conditioning unit do less work, the lack of frequent maintenance and the lower energy bills.

Choosing a Standing Seam Roofing Company

Are you interested in standing seam roofing in Tulsa? You need a roofing company that knows exactly what they’re doing, as an improper installation can cause long lasting damage to your property. Use these tips to get the right installers for a durable and beautiful standing seam roof:

  • Research the company through online review resources to get an idea of their reputation.
  • Get first-hand accounts from people in your social circles, if possible.
  • Ask about their experience with standing seam roof installations.
  • Request photos of their previous standing seam installation jobs if they don’t have any available on their website.
  • Have the company provide an onsite estimate, so you have a good idea how much the project will cost.
  • Make sure that the quote is all inclusive of material costs, labor, and everything else needed to complete the job.

A standing seam roof is an excellent investment for your house or commercial building. The contemporary style, durability, and longevity make it a reliable option to consider the next time you need a roof.

Introducing… Metalsbetter in Kansas City, Missouri!

We are pleased to announce that Metalsbetter has expanded into the greater Kansas City, Missouri region. Tony Baker, our branch manager was born and raised in Independence as well as Stover, Missouri near the Lake of the Ozarks. Tony joined Metalsbetter in the summer of 2015, bringing 20+ years of expertise in the roofing industry. While working in our Tulsa office, Tony worked in project management for residential, commercial and industrial accounts. We could not be happier for this expansion, with Tony taking the lead.

Metalsbetter Roofing in Missouri is located in Lee’s Summit and serves the greater Kansas City area offering the same great services and craftsmanship that have established Metalsbetter in Oklahoma. We look forward to a bright future in the Lee’s Summit community.

 

About Metalsbetter

Metalsbetter Roofing is a full service roofing contractor serving the Northeastern Oklahoma Region as well as the greater Kansas City, Missouri area. We offer all roof systems and service both residences and commercial businesses with unparalleled craftsmanship, customer service and cost. Whether you own a small bungalow and need to replace existing asphalt shingles or are building your expansive dream home complete with a standing seam roof, Metalsbetter offers the versatility you need to meet your individual project’s demands.

Troubleshooting Three Common Issues for Tiny Houses With Metal Roofs

The tiny house movement that favors small living spaces of just 100 – 400 square feet over unnecessarily large and wasteful homes is exciting for many reasons. People are joining this new social revolution in staggering numbers to help encourage simplified, back-to-the-land living and an environmentally friendly lifestyle. While many love the concept, the actual construction of these tiny houses can present challenges. Roofing is one such challenge, as tiny homes have unique demands. Here are three common issues for small houses with residential metal roofing in Tulsa and how to solve them. 

  1. Install Like a Pro

 Metal roofing is the preferred choice for owners of tiny homes for many reasons, but those can all go out the window if the roof isn’t installed correctly. For example, many people choose a metal roof because it is extra strong and will not leak in a rainstorm. This is absolutely true, but the roof must be installed properly in order to safeguard exposure areas like eaves, side-laps, end-laps, and rakes. When in doubt, invest in a quality contractor to do the installation for you.

  1. Invest in Rust Protection

Rust is another problem you don’t want to mess with. This can be an area where homeowners try to cut costs, because some types of commercial metal roofing in Tulsa are available with and without specialty coating that prevents rust from forming. Although it may seem like an unnecessary expense up front, the quality of materials you invest in will directly impact the longevity of your roof. If you plan to live in an area where rain is common, like Tulsa, it’s ultimately worth it to invest in high quality, coated metal. 

  1. Inspect After Storms

A little maintenance can go a long way, and little houses are no different. One of the best things you can do to extend the life of your metal roof and tiny home is to check for damage after storms. The sooner you’re able to spot signs of dents, damage, or leaks, the sooner you can call a local contractor to fix them and get your roof working like new.

With a little troubleshooting and the right materials, metal roofing in Tulsa will keep your small home working in big ways.

Why Metal Roofing is Perfect for the Tiny House Movement

Have you heard of the tiny house movement? Many people are joining this new social measure to live simply and reduce fiscal and environmental stress associated with living in large homes. While conventional American houses average 2600 square feet, homes in the tiny house movement are about one tenth the size and can even be as small as 100 square feet. For owners of tiny homes, one of the biggest struggles can be finding the right roof to meet all of the unique idiosyncrasies associated with small living spaces. Here’s why residential metal roofing in Tulsa is a great fit.

  1. Environmentally Friendly

One of the biggest draws to the tiny house movement is its focus on preserving the environment through back-to-the-land and simplified living. A metal roof fits right into this ecologically forward thinking. Commercial metal roofing in Tulsa is made of recyclable material and is built to last up to three times longer than conventional, environmentally hazardous shingles.

  1. Impervious to Weather

When the weather gets rough, especially in our Oklahoma summers, a predominant problem that comes with owning a tiny house is safety. If you don’t have the right roof, your small home will be extra vulnerable to heavy rain, hail, wind, and lightning. Metal roofing is a perfect solution. As long as the roof is installed correctly, it will be completely impervious to rain and will be able to withstand winds up to 150 mph. Worried about lightning? Don’t be. Your metal roof is not flammable and will safely distribute the lightning’s energy throughout the structure.

  1. Mobile Optimized

One of the biggest perks to owning a tiny house is the freedom to move around the country at will. You can just set your home on a trailer and go! The downside is that you will have to contend with heavy wind as you drive down the highway. Where shingles might easily blow off, a metal roof is completely secure and can be effortlessly transported on the road.

For these reasons and more, tiny homes and metal roofing in Tulsa are a perfect match.