If you have an old asphalt roof, there are many options for replacing it. You can have it replaced with asphalt shingles, but these will eventually need to be replaced and can be damaged. This is can be a problem in areas that get many storms. You may want to consider metal roofing. It is storm resistant, lasts longer and can help make your home energy efficient. If you are going to have a metal roof installed on your home, there are few things that you may want to know first:
1. In Some Cases Metal Roofing Can Be Installed On Shingles
Metal roofing is a great solution to replace an old asphalt shingle roof. You have the choice between removing the old shingles on your home, or you can have the roofing attached directly to the roof. If the roof beneath the metal is in fair condition, this may be an option. If the asphalt shingles are really damaged, you may want to consider having them removed or installing wood nailers to attach the metal roofing. With metal shingles, you will generally need to remove the old roof.
2. Installing A Moisture Barrier Underlayment For Added Protection
You can also have a moisture barrier installed beneath your metal roofing. This can help prevent any water leaks, as well as help make your home more energy efficient. If you are installing metal roofing over asphalt shingles, an extra underlayment can help hide any imperfections that may be visible when the new metal roofing is installed on your home.
3. Using Nailers To Provide An Air Gap For Roof Ventilation
When metal roofing panels are installed, nailers can be used to fasten the metal roofing panels. These will also help to provide an air gap for ventilation between the old and new roof. This can help reduce heat gain and make your home more energy efficient. It can also help to prevent problems like dry rotting, which is caused by poor roof ventilation. This is a good idea for homes that have warm and dry climates.
4. Metal Shingles And Metal Roofing Panels
Metal roofing can come in two forms; metal shingles or roofing panels. If you want to have a roof with a more conventional shingle look, metal roofing shingles are great options. Metal roofing shingles can look like shakes, slate and other more conventional roofing materials. Roofing panels are long panels that are installed on the slope of your roof. Metal roofing panels can be made with seams, which is the ridges you see on metal roofs. These are a durable option for the roofing on your home, and will be more resistant to wind and storm damage.
Metal roofing can be a great option for replacing your asphalt shingles, and these are some things that can help make your decision easier. If you are ready to have a new metal roof installed on your home, contact a metal roofing contractor (such as one from Americas Best Siding) and ask them about installing metal for your roof replacement.