Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation and Repair in Dallas, TX
Ricochet Construction is a Dallas-area leader in all forms of roofing replacement and repair, for homes, multi-family rental properties, large apartment communities, and condominiums. We do roofing work for any size multi-family community, often for very large apartment and condominium communities that host 1,000+ rental units.
In the following article, we will briefly cover major issues that may come up when you are dealing with standing metal seam roof work, and we'll help you think through some of the ways to avoid the major issues that can cause problems when installing this kind of roof.
Should You Keep or Tear Off Your Old Shingles?
There are many considerations to take into account when deciding whether to go through the labor intensive process of tearing off existing shingles, or to lay new metal roofing over top of what is already there. While it may seem cleaner to do a full tear-off, this sometimes isn’t necessary if the shingles are in good shape, and there is no underlying rot or issues with the boards or plywood under the shingles.
It is risky, however, to assume existing shingling is in good enough shape to not replace. Issues sometimes are not readily apparent, and the shingles can push up through the new metal roofing and causes ridges, especially if there is significant snowfall (not really an issue in central Texas, but still needs to be mentioned.)
Creating Water Seals Below Your New Metal Roof
While metal roofs have many advantages, they also act differently than other forms of roofing. Condensation can occur under a metal roof due to the temperature differences between the surface of the metal and the wood or shingles below. If you don’t adequately use a water seal this can cause rot over time, and significantly reduce the life of your roof. We make sure we use the appropriate seals for your weather conditions, and that we apply them over the entire affected surface of the underlying roof.
Why Standing Seam v Other Forms of Metal Roof?
There are many advantages of a standing seam roof, especially when expertly installed. Standing seam metals are incredibly durable, and won’t split, rot, crack, wrinkle, warp, burn or leak water over time. They are highly adaptable to weather, constricting slightly in the cold, expanding in the heat. This adaptability is the key to the standing seam roof’s durability, as they can withstand a wide variety of extreme temperature over time. Standing seam roofs are also highly efficient. They are designed to aid in the runoff of rain and snow, and are especially high functioning in heavy weather, due to their ability to withstand winds that would rip away normal shingling.
They are also more attractive than many forms of metal roof, especially due to the fact that none of their anchoring can be seen. They come in many different finishes and colors, and are flexible enough to allow a wide variety of shaping and alteration.
Standing seam roofs are also incredibly sustainable and eco-friendly. The materials are recyclable, and are often made from recycled metal themselves. This in no way lowers their longevity, which is another major advantage of standing seam roofing.
A standing seam roof also delivers excellent thermal performance, so much so that it can significantly lower energy bills for the duration of its lifetime, which can last 50 years or more. It also requires almost no maintenance effort, and it can be cleaned from the ground with a hose and water.
Contact Ricochet to Learn More about Standing Seam Metal Roofs
Roof upgrades and repairs should never be put off, due to their potential for damage to the entire building if they fail. Ricochet specializes in large scale repairs to apartment and condo communities in the Dallas metropolitan area. We are well-equipped and fully experienced in standing seam roof installation and repair, and can inspect your properties and advise you on exactly what repairs you need, and how long they should take. We have contracted with numerous owners and HOA’s on their roofing, and can supply a long list of satisfied customers to give references as to the quality, timeliness, and professionalism of our work. Contact us any time to find out more!