It’s Gutter Cleaning Time!

by Sri Pinnaka

Aside from the costumes, decorations, and candy for the Halloween madness, remember that it is also time for your early fall gutter cleaning.   Skipping an early fall gutter clean-up, however, results not only in densely, clogged gutters by mid-season that could back water up into your home and basement, but also in gutters that have been knocked off pitch due to the weight of damp foliage.  Making sure your gutters are ready for the fall season is essential for your home’s maintenance.

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An early fall cleanup is responsible for removing leaves that have fallen early due to the rain and elements, allowing your gutters to continue flowing freely until the leaves start to fall heavily.  Failure to complete an early fall service may bring about more household complications than just clogged gutters:  imagine damage to your home’s walls, foundation, foundation, basement, crawl spaces and more!  As you can see, clogged gutters go beyond just impacting the overall appearance of your house.

Take advantage of our early fall gutter cleaning service.  Check out our Service Plans and keep your gutters in tip-top shape.  Don’t let fall be the down-fall of your gutters!

 

The Only Way to Know IF a Metal Roof Makes Sence in Todays Economy

by Sri Pinnaka

No doubt about it, time are rough. Underwater homes, shadow inventory, foreclosures and other depressing signs of how our current recession has hit the housing market aren't making anyone jump for joy - particularly those of us in the home improvement industry. And what about homeowners in houses badly in need of major repairs or replacements, like a new roof? We've heard from a few of them looking for honest feedback to the question, "Should I replace my roof as cheaply as possible or does it make sense to upgrade to something like metal?" If you're asking yourself the same question, follow it with another and you'll have your answer:

If you're planning on staying in your home for at least another decade, then it absolutely makes financial sense to upgrade to metal - regardless of our current economy.

Now let us explain why. Historically, it was our experience that when real estate values were leveling off or declining, the demand for metal roof products actually increased. It may seem paradoxical, but there is logic to the occurrence.

When housing is in a rapidly inflating state, as it was in 2004 and 2005, many homeowners stop thinking of their residence as their "home" but rather see it as a stepping stone. If a roof only has to have an immediate "return on investment," then all other considerations - life expectancy, maintenance, fire resistance, seismic safety, etc. - become secondary to the immediate resale value. After all, in a few years, "It'll be someone else's problem!"

Conversely, when home prices aren’t rising as rapidly, quality becomes more significant than short-term resale value - even now. And when "houses" become "homes,” premium upgrades like metal roofs are a smart choice. Right now, many people owe more than their home is worth. The're considering short sales and foreclosures, so for them, the cheapest solution is the right move, if they've got a roof falling down around their ears and they've simply got to do something. But interestingly, though we're currently experiencing a housing and home improvement market with no precedent, our experience still holds. Does it make sense to upgrade to a metal roof? Yes, if you're plannning to stay in your home, it certainly does. Factors like longevity, durability and lack of maintenance mean that a pricier metal roof will actually have a less expensive life-cycle cost than the cheaper options. And that's a fact. Average prices for shingle roofs double roughly every 10 to 15 years. So imagine you're in the home you'll stay in, and its resale doesn't matter because you won't be leaving for the foreseeable future anyway. You compare roofing options - say, $4,000 for the shingle job and about $9,000 for a metal roof package. You go with shingles and they're fine at first. But, inevitably, they start peeling and blowing off, and replacement becomes necessary in 10 years of so. Now that same comp roof is somewhere in the neighborhood of $8,000, which means you're looking at $12,000 for the pleasure of re-roofing with a petroleum-based product twice. And you won't be done, either. Suddenly, that $9,000 for a lifetime metal roof seems like a bargain.

Here's the bottom line - if you're staying put, consider what a roofing material will cost and how it will perform not just the day and year it's installed, but five, ten, twenty years down the line. That's the best way to determine if upgrading to something like metal is worth your money

Will Colored Roofs Fade Away??

by Sri Pinnaka


A reader recently asked the following question on our blog post, "Best Colors for Metal Roofing":

Q. I'm interested in using a colored (brown/bronze) metal roof, but was told that the color would fade. Is that correct?

A. It depends entirely on the quality of the finish. There are a number of types of finishes that are used on zinc-coated steels and aluminum metal roofing (the most popular type of colored metal roofing materials). Some of them are made of very pigment-dense finishes that have 40+ year fade warranties, and some are made of cheaper paints that are likely to fade in a decade or less. So like many other things - you get what you pay for.

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Have a burning roofing question? Ask away! Post in the comments of any of our blog posts and we'll be happy to answer.

 And for more on metal roofing and other popular roofing materials, check out our Work

 

Seamless gutters offer top quality protection for your home

by Sri Pinnaka

With traditional gutters there are seams and joints that over time will weaken and cause leaks. These leaks can eventually cause damage to your home, like rust and mold. This damage can be expensive to repair, and the maintenance can be costly as well.

To avoid these problems, seamless gutters are designed in one-piece sections that are custom fit for your home. At WildcatMetals, our trucks are equipped with gutter machines which enables our installers to run the gutters onsite. This ensures that we get the exact measurements on each piece.

 

Not only do seamless gutters cause less problems, but they also are stronger and better equipped to deflect water away from your home because they are made with stronger aluminum than most traditional gutters. They also do not require screws or nails to attach to your roof. This almost eliminates the problem of separation or sagging, two common problems that traditional gutter systems have.

PROS AND CONS OF METAL ROOFING

by Sri Pinnaka

A complete guide for home-owners.

When it comes to weighing the pros and cons of metal roofing against traditional asphalt roofing, the comparison isn’t a difficult one, home owners find.

Investment grade roofing is commonly known to provide far more advantages than traditional asphalt roofing– namely, increased energy efficiency, protection from the elements and even tax credits – thusly, there’s a surplus of information online and readily available for consumers seeking out this information.

Fewer comparisons, however, are available for pro and con weighing home-owners, between the various types of metal shingles available within the residential metal roofing market.

For home-owners considering Investment Grade Roofing, we’ve put together this comprehensive comparison guide covering pros and cons of metal roofing, stacked up against asphalt shingles, and cross compared across the various metal roofing types.

Common Leaf guard Issues

by Sri Pinnaka

This home has inside valleys, low sloped roofs and gutter that end next to a tall wall, many of the common places for leaf guard issues to develop.

Leaf guard issues start with the very thing that each and every one of us wants to address: keeping any and all debris from getting into our gutters.  Whether you live in the Pacific Northwest and are dealing with tiny fir needles, in the deep south trying to address long pine needles, up North getting frustrated cleaning around maples and oaks, trees are beautiful but dirty things to have around your home.

Trapped roof debris is an leaf guard issue whether it sits over, on or in your gutter guard.  Let’s start by explaining what we mean by presenting the roof problems:

Leaf guard issues start from debris trapped on your roof

The top debris issues you’ll find with your roof relate to its slope, where your roof forms inside valleys and places where gutters end next to a taller wall.

Low pitch leaf guard issues

Low pitched roofs are more likely to collect debris.  Debris will also sit longer on a low pitched roof.  It makes sense, the flatter the roof the more it acts like a table or a shelf, the steeper it is, the harder it is for something to sit on it.  When MasterShield dealers send an estimator to a home, we suggest they assess the roof, looking for trapped roof debris.  This gives them the opportunity to let homeowners know that a gutter guard isn’t going to make the roof rid itself of these issues any faster or differently.  In fact, the flatter the roof, the more likely it is that debris will sit on the gutter guard, another point the homeowner should know.

This is one of the reasons why MasterShield became the first microfiltration gutter guard to be angled like your roof.  If the system is installed this way, it has the best chance of shedding debris and avoiding common leaf guard issues found in products which install flat or virtually flat.