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Three Roofing Solutions for Sustainable Living

Whether we’re talking about residential or commercial roofing, deciding on which material to use will determine its durability, how well it protects the structure from outside elements, and how controlled the internal temperature of the building is. Today, an increasing number of homeowners and building owners prefer energy-efficient roofing options, as these types of roofing allow them to lower the amount of money spent on their energy bills.

More than just focusing on the aesthetic value of the roofing material, people are becoming more conscious when it comes to the sustainability of their homes and their buildings. We look into the three types of roofing that are more energy-efficient than your standard roofs, and we discuss how they can benefit your home or business.

 Metal Roofing

Mostly used for residential homes, metal roofs are ideally used in warm weathered regions. Because metal roofs are made from thin materials such as copper, steel, and aluminium, they are less likely to absorb and retain heat from the sun. In fact, they reflect the sun’s damaging rays, which reduces the heat of the building beneath. From an environmental perspective, metal roofing is recyclable, which means that when your roof’s life runs out in twenty years’ time, you can still put the materials to good use elsewhere.

If you choose metal roofing, it’s best to stick to light colours, as they reflect solar energy and heat which contributes to a cooler and more comfortable home. Kiwis can take advantage of this during the warmer months of January and February when temperatures rise considerably. Instead of relying on air conditioners to cool down your space, choose a roof that maximises ventilation and temperature control. This reduces your energy consumption, which is environmentally friendly, and can help cut your energy bill in half. Metal roofs are also sturdy yet lightweight, and very long-lasting. This reduces your repair costs in the long-run, and make for a roof that is incredibly easy to maintain the whole year round.

Concrete Roofing

An increasingly popular option is concrete roofing. Concrete roofing is best utilised in areas that experience stronger winters and colder temperatures, as they are strong and heavy (and therefore difficult to move once laid). Concrete cement is mixed with fibrous reinforcement to strengthen the tiles, so the roof lasts longer and therefore reduces waste.

Due to this special mixed material, concrete roofing can withstand snow accumulation and excess weight. As an extra measure, concrete tiles coated with enamel help to trap heat, thereby contributing to greater energy efficiency. The substance can be broken down and reused, or biodegrade cleanly when thrown away, so it’s a very green option.

Concrete roofing can take the form of many roof types such as shingles, shakes, or tiles—making it all the more versatile! Even though concrete roofs require a studier roof deck because of the weight, and a waterproof membrane to protect the roof from ice and water, their durability and energy efficiency is without a doubt among the best.

Tile Roofing

Another energy-efficient roofing material is tile. Usually made from clay, concrete and ceramic, tiled roofs create a considerably more comfortable dwelling, as they help trap heat during cold months and keep the interiors cool during warmer months. Their outstanding thermal performance provides a second layer of insulation, thereby reducing harmful energy consumption. An extra helpful tip is to coat your tile roofs with light coloured paint, as it can help reduce heat absorption by reflecting the sun’s rays.

  • Clay tiles are recommended roofing material to homes in warmer areas as they can’t withstand hail and snow as well.
  • Concrete tiles, on the other hand, are good for any house regardless of location.
  • Ceramic tiles are stylish, and boast an excellent thermal performance as they are not conductive.

All three kinds of tiles are able to be repurposed if they are damaged, or biodegradable if thrown away. In combination with the reduced energy consumption, these make for a highly sustainable option.

Green is in!

Choosing energy-efficient roofing materials is smart when it comes to scaling down your energy consumption, contributing to the sustainability of homes, and reducing harm to the environment! It’s definitely a win! If you’re ready to start on a re-roofing project for your home and need professional residential or commercial roofing contractors to get started, contact Roofing and Coatings today!

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8 Reasons Why You Need a Quality Roof

Wellington roofing needs to be able to stand up to the test of time and wear, and the only way it’s going to do that in the Windy City is if it’s undeniably quality roofing from the very beginning. Here at Roofing & Coatings, we’ve been in the business for over 20 years, so we know exactly how valuable proper roofing and proper installation is to your home.

If your roof is not installed properly or if your roofer hasn’t chosen the right materials for the Wellington weather, then you’re going to encounter plenty of problems down the line. In order to help you head that off, we’re breaking down the eight reasons you need to look for quality from the start. Let’s get straight into it.

1. Lifespan

Concern number one is the lifespan of your roof – how long will it last once it has been installed? The material you choose needs to be able to withstand the weather in your locale, easily maintained, and well-fastened. The longer your roof lasts without being replaced, the less money you invest in keeping it over your head.

Materials such as clay and cement tiles, slate, and steel or aluminium each have their individual benefits, but they are all known for being great materials for a long-lasting roof. Each one lasts a minimum of thirty years when installed with the right expertise.

2. Leak Prevention

In a similar vein, it’s important to have a quality roof in order to prevent leaks from forming repeatedly. Dealing with one leak is a minor inconvenience and it’s something that every homeowner is likely to encounter over the course of their life, but dealing with a shoddy roof and multiple leaks is another type of hassle entirely.

Leaks are usually caused by displaced tiles, worn or improperly installed flashing – which is part of the weatherproofing system on your roof – or general wear and tear that has caused cracks to form in the roof. A high-caliber roof that has been placed well will be more resistant to leaks forming, as the flashing will be aligned properly with all of the edges and the roofing materials will be appropriately fastened, preventing uplifting.

3. Noise Insulation

Depending on where you live, the level of noise you have to insulate your home from may differ. Regardless of the noise level, it’s important to your well-being to have a calm and peaceful home to live in. Many people don’t realise how much a good roof contributes to the noise insulation in your home, or how much a poorly-installed roof will contribute to extra noise and discomfort while you’re living there.

For proper noise insulation, you’ll need a roofer who is going to choose the right kind of insulation for the type of roof you have. Sound travels as a wave through air, so if your home has significant air gaps beneath the roof then more sound will be audible from the outside world. Fibre-based insulation fills these air gaps to act as both temperature and sound insulation. The shape of your roof will change the extra touches you need for sufficient noise-proofing, so consult your roofer beforehand.

4. Temperature Control

Insulation is also important for maintaining the temperature in your house, but a lot of people don’t realise how your roof composition contributes to how well your home retains or reflects heat.

5. Appearance

Next up: you need to consider how your roof looks. This will depend on you, but typically you want to try to strike the balance between style and function. There’s no point in getting a roof that looks fantastic but needs replacement in as little as three years. You might also want to consider how often you renovate your home, as the roof may need to change over the years in order to accommodate new styles and designs.

Metal roofing is a good example of the balance between these three factors, as it is durable, timeless, and the colour can be changed easily with a coat of paint to suit your ideal design. This is one of the reasons that commercial roofing contractors use it so often, as it can be changed to suit a building that shifts ownership very easily.

6. Maintenance

The ideal roof is one that is easy to clean and maintain, as it makes it much easier to keep it in good shape. A well-maintained roof is one that stands up to a lot of wear and tear, so look for materials that only need the occasional clean or buff.

Metal roofing is ideal as it is kept clean by the rain, and only needs a scrub-down every 6 months or so. This makes your life a lot easier in the long run.

7. Weather Resistance

Interestingly, most people think that weather-proofing your home with a durable roof only means that it should be well-sealed, but this is only half of the story. You need a roof that has been properly fastened to the frame of the house, sealed well with a weatherproofing membrane, and fitted with well-installed flashing. These three things contribute to how well your home holds up in wind and rain and how long it lasts.

8. Cost Efficiency

Finally, consider how much money you’re going to have to spend in the installation and upkeep of your roof. Quality roofing may cost more upfront, as contemporary durable materials tend to sit at a higher price point, but they will save you on maintenance and replacement costs in the long run.

Start well with a quality roof today.

Our 20 years of experience providing professional roofing services in the Wellington region means that we can give you the right roof to withstand all sorts of New Zealand weather. Get in contact with us today to start on your journey towards superior roofing!

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Commercial Roofing: Important Preparation Prior to a New Metal Roof

When opting metal roofing installation, the first thing you need to do is choose the material to do the job. These can include the hardware, decking, flashing that is appropriate for your existing roof’s pitch, framing, and metal roof panels. Below are some steps to follow prior to installing a new metal roof so that it can be done properly and correctly.

Hiring a reputable Roofing Company
Chооѕіng a rооfіng соntrасtоr thаt wіll іnѕtаll уоur rооfіng рrореrlу іѕ еаѕіlу аѕ іmроrtаnt аѕ uѕіng ԛuаlіtу material. Bесаuѕе a new rооf is a major investment аnd ѕоmеthіng уоu’rе lіkеlу tо lіvе wіth fоr a long tіmе, іt’ѕ important tо сhооѕе уоur roofing contractor carefully. Any company that you hire should also carry full-coverage insurance and correct licensing to work in your area. If you interview more than one roofing company, be certain to compare quotes and check references to learn which company will deliver the ideal results.

Choosing the Style and Color of Metal Roofing
Chооѕіng a соlоr and style for уоur nеw metal rооf is an еxсіtіng рrосеѕѕ, especially today, whеn you hаvе more орtіоnѕ available tо уоu thаn еvеr before. Hоwеvеr, іt’ѕ іmроrtаnt nоt tо gеt lоѕt іn thіѕ sea of сhоісеѕ аnd kеер іn mіnd that thе соlоr уоu сhооѕе will greatly аffесt thе оvеrаll lооk аnd fееl оf уоur home. Thеrеfоrе, tаkе уоur tіmе and rеѕеаrсh a variety оf соlоr options, аѕ wеll аѕ соnѕіdеr a numbеr of рrасtісаl аnd aesthetic fасtоrѕ that аrе аѕѕосіаtеd wіth vаrіоuѕ colors.

Sign All Pertinent Agreements
Make sure to go through all the paperwork and agree to the terms and conditions before signing on the agreement. Also make sure there are no hidden fees or terms before signing any agreement.

Clear the Area Around the Building
One thing to take into consideration before the installation of your new roof is to make sure the surrounding areas are clear and free. This to ensure that the roofing crew members have unhindered access to your building, hence making the process easy to handle. Moreover, they will need space to place their equipment and supplies.

Protect the Upper Floor When Necessary
Another consideration is the need to protect the upper floor if the sheathing or decking is going to be replaced as part of the metal roof installation. This upper floor has could be used for different purposes like offices. Clearing the area and covering the floors and walls until the installation comes to completion is necessary.

Ensure That Safety Measures Are in Place
It’s very important to make sure, before the start of any construction work there’s proper safety measures put in place for both workers and inhabitants around the site. Warning signs that work is going on alert pedestrians, visitors, clients and employees to the fact that caution is necessary. Also, the walkways should have covered scaffolding on them to allow for safe travel to and from the building. This also protects people from falling objects.

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