Making The Move To Metal? What To Know Before You Make The Switch


The roof of the home performs a very important job. It shelters the occupants, protects furnishings and personal possessions, and seals the envelope of the home against water to help prevent damage from mold, wood rot, and moisture-loving insect infestations. 

While the roof's trusses and sheathing provide the necessary support for the roof, the materials that cover it are what actually stops moisture the possibility of moisture infiltration. Homeowners whose roofs are ready for a new covering material may be considering a switch to something different — for example, moving from shingles to architectural sheet metal roofing. 

If you are interested in replacing your current roofing material with metal for the first time, here are some things you will want to know. 

Will shingles need to be removed prior to the installation of architectural metal roofing?

The decision to remove existing shingles or leave them underneath the new metal roofing really depends on the condition of the wood and roofing structure underneath the shingles. If there is hidden damage, adding another layer of roofing on top may compound the problems. 

However, if the sheathing, trusses, and underlying supports are found to be in good condition, installing the lightweight architectural metal roofing on top of the existing shingles is often recommended. Homeowners who can take this route may be able to reduce the labor costs and time frame of their project. 

Is it true that metal roofing materials are safe from lightning strikes? 

Lightning strikes seek a direct path to the ground through materials that will conduct their energy. This is why structures are grounded with metal rods that attract the energy from lightning and funnel it safely into the ground. Metal roofing is not subject to being struck by lightning because its surface does not touch the ground and, thus, is not grounded. 

Must snow be cleared from a metal roof?

Unlike shingles and some other types of roofing materials, metal roofing does not require clearing or sweeping snow from its surface to protect against the weight of snow buildup. In areas where snowfall accumulations are significant, special snow guards can be attached to help prevent the layers of snow from falling off the roof too quickly and forming an avalanche effect. 

Are modern metal roofs noisy during a rainstorm? 

In the era prior to the development of high-quality attic insulation materials and sheathing products, the sound of rain or hail on a tin roof was probably very loud. Homeowners who are concerned about the possibility of too much noise from rain should discuss this with their architectural metal roofing contractor to determine how best to address this or other concerns. 


1 December 2019

Bringing the Spa Home

When my husband and I took our "second honeymoon," we stayed at a glorious resort with an on-site spa. We booked couples' packages for massages and other treatments. When we got home, we decided our bathroom was not nearly as soothing or peaceful as it could be. Armed with inspiration from our visit to the spa, we ripped out the existing vanity, tub, toilet, and other fixtures, and replaced them with more spa-like models. A frameless shower door and a quartz-topped vanity were two of the best decisions we ever made. If you want to enjoy a day at the spa—without actually leaving your home—I hope you will use the information on this blog to make it happen for your family.