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Metal Roof Maintenance 101

If you’ve followed us here at FS Construction Services for any length of time, then you know that we love a good metal roof. Not only do they come in a number of attractive colors, but they have unmatched durability, last far longer than traditional roofs, and are relatively easy to maintain, which is great news if you have an aversion to ladders.

Roof Maintenance of Metal is Easiest

That being said, there is still some maintenance required if you own a metal roof, so we will talk here about what that requires. That way, you can decide if it’s going to be you or someone else going up on the roof.

 

Surface Maintenance

This is pretty self-explanatory, but you will want to do a quick pass over the roof to check for debris, stuck leaves, sticks, and branches. While you’re up there, you might as well take the time to clean out the gutters as well. Be sure to clean off any dirt or mildew with a gentle brush and water or detergent. Avoid abrasive brushes, power washers, and harsh chemicals. While metal roofs generally resist the erosion and deterioration shingle roofs experience, you will still want to make sure that the roof isn’t getting scraped by branches or in contact with any foreign materials (things like copper, brick, iron, and concrete can introduce elements into the metal that can corrode it over time).

 

Structural Maintenance

This type of maintenance is more involved, and usually requires a professional’s help. While metal roofs are strong, extreme wind, heat, or cold, hail, excessive rain, or regular temperature fluctuations can all take a toll over time. It’s generally a good idea to have your roof inspected every couple years for things like: broken or missing fasteners, rivets, or screws, loose or separated seams and flashing, or sealant that needs to be replaced. Additionally, if a large enough object falls hard enough and high enough, it can puncture the roof.

 

With these things in mind, hopefully you feel comfortable making the right maintenance decision and keeping your roof looking pristine for many more years to come.

 

If you are interested in discussing metal roof options, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

 

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Five Signs That You Need a New Roof

Here at FS Construction Services we know that no one really wants a new roof. It may be necessary, it may be long overdue, it may dramatically increase your quality of life, but we get that no one wants to do it. For that reason, it can certainly be tempting to ignore the warning signs that it’s time for an update. However, someone has to be the messenger, so we wanted to provide five different signs that it’s finally time to update that roof.

 

Reasons For Getting a New Roof

 

Leaks

This one is obvious, but needs to be said nonetheless. Some leaks are fixable and not a sign of something worse. But if the roof has taken storm damage, was improperly installed, or the roofing components have simply reached the end of the line, then it’s going to be time for an upgrade. To know for sure, we always recommend a good inspection.

Granules

Most traditional roofs are made of asphalt shingles. Those shingles have embedded asphalt granules to help with fire resistance and UV protection. When a shingle roof is reaching its end, those granules will start to fall off into your gutters or onto the ground below. If you are noticing small granules in your downspouts or on the ground, and you’ve not just had a significant weather event, it is probably time to say goodbye to your old roof.

Damaged Shingles

Speaking of significant weather, intense storms and heavy winds can damage your roof shingles, but if you’re noticing cracked, curled, or missing shingles on your roof, it’s their way of telling you their time is up. Depending on your situation, it may be hard to know for sure if this is the case, but if you suspect your roof is reaching its limit, make sure to have a professional come and inspect it.

Moss and Vegetation

If your roof is starting to look like its own garden, then it’s time. While black algae streaks can appear on roofs midway through their cycle, actual moss and vegetation growth is a sign of an old, ready-to-be-replaced roof.

Discoloration in Attic

If you notice discolored roof decking boards in your attic, it could be a sign that it is no longer performing its job at full capacity. Again, this could be the sign of a fixable problem, but in many cases, it means it’s new-roof time.

 

We are sorry to be the bearer of unwelcome news, but we’ve also got good news. If you have noticed one, or all, of these signs and decided to upgrade, our partnership with Fabral means we can provide you with a beautiful, customizable, new metal roof that can last you up to 50 years. If you might be interested in a roof upgrade, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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How to Pick the Best Roofing Material

So it’s time to get a new roof. Maybe some unfortunate weather event has made this necessary or maybe it’s simply been the unforgiving passage of time. Whether you have been kicking this decision down the road for a while or have decided that it’s simply time, you now have a very important question to ask yourself: what kind of roof should I get? To best answer this question we have to look at three main features of every roofing material.

 

Three Key Considerations With Roofing Material

 

Look

It may be easy to think that a roof is just a roof and as long as it’s keeping out rain and UV rays it doesn’t matter. And maybe this is true of you, but it’s worth considering that different roofing materials have very different looks and curb appeals. Cedar shake roofs and slate roofs are premium-style roofs that may fit certain types of houses better than others. Metal roofs come in a wide range of colors and styles and can be customized to each application. A traditional shingle roof is the most common roofing material. It won’t stand out, which depending on who you are, may be a selling point.

Budget

This will likely be your first point of consideration. Roofing prices will obviously vary on a number of factors, but generally traditional shingle roofs are the most inexpensive. Metal roofs, cedar roofs, and slate roofs will all price out higher.

Durability

However, if you consider cost over time, then the upfront cost of a shingle roof might be less, but the long-term cost can be significantly higher. Asphalt shingles tend to have a lifespan of around 25 years, cedar roofs around 30 years, metal roofs around 50 years, and slate roofs around 75 years.

 

If you have found yourself in the position of needing a new roof, we hope you are able to look at the situation as an opportunity instead of a nuisance and make a decision that won’t just work for you tomorrow, but for many, many tomorrows to come. We proudly install metal roofs for commercial, agricultural, and residential buildings, so if you have any questions, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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What is the Most Efficient Roofing Material?

Of all the parts of your house, your roof bears the brunt of the harshest weather throughout the year. Whether it’s unfiltered sunlight, cold winds, hard rain or hail, your roof is going to take a beating at some point. And while it is absolutely true that cost, durability, and longevity are important factors when considering a new roof, there is another factor that may be more easily overlooked: efficiency. Different roofing materials have different energy efficiency properties, and the degree to which your roof is efficient can impact the degree to which your entire home is efficient.

 

Is Metal the Most Efficient Roofing?

 

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are known for their incredible longevity and ease of maintenance. However, they are also one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials available. Because of metal’s high reflectivity, during the hottest months of the year, a metal roof will actually reflect heat away from your home, requiring less cooling and reducing your energy costs.

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs also claim a long lifespan and provide efficiency. On a tile roof, airflow is easily able to circulate under the tiles, increasing their insulative properties and keeping out hot air during the summer and cold air during the winter.

Asphalt Shingles Roofs

By far the most cost-effective solution, asphalt shingle roofs also don’t carry the same long lifespan of metal or tile roofs. While a traditional shingle roof is not as energy efficient as its competitors, there are more efficient varieties that are designed to better reduce heat absorption and provide greater protection against wind and rain.

 

With any roofing choice, you will have to consider the pros and cons and weigh that against the cost and how long you want to go before having to think through this purchase again. If you have any questions about installing a metal roof, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Four Key Differences Between Commercial and Residential Roofing

Here at FS Construction Services we often have to make the distinction between residential and commercial projects. From buildings to paint jobs to garage doors, the differences are sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle. One area of difference that’s easy to spot if you stop to think about it, but not something many do stop to think about, is the difference between residential and commercial roofing.

 

Compare Commercial and Residential Roofing

 

Residential roofs are often peaked and sloped. Whether this is to hold attic space or simply enable water drainage, the residential roof serves both a practical and an aesthetic purpose. Many commercial roofs on the other hand are flat. At least, flat enough to not be seen by someone driving by, though they are still usually sloped some to prevent pooling water. While commercial roofing may sometimes have decorative purpose, most often the roof needs to simply cover a huge expanse of space without overloading the pressure on top of the building.

A residential roof often uses materials that easily drain precipitation, such as shingles, tiles, slate, and as we often like to talk about, metal. Commercial roofs are more likely to utilize steel, tin, copper, or aluminum.

The process of installing a residential roof usually involves attaching boards to trusses, then installing some kind of underlayment, and then the roofing material. These jobs can often be done in a day or two, and though the pitch may be steep, the surface area is likely small. Commercial roofs often involve layers of insulation and metal, and based on the size requirements can take weeks to complete.

Most homeowners don’t have to think about their roofs too much. Beyond a visual inspection every now and again, a well-installed roof within the boundaries of its lifespan may not require much maintenance. Inspection and maintenance on a commercial roof, however, will likely need a roofing contractor who does more than stands on the ground and looks up.

Whether you have or are in need of a commercial or residential roof, we have got you covered. If you would like to talk about your roofing needs, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Choosing Commercial Roofing with FS Construction Services

Here at FS Construction Services we have spoken at length about the benefits of metal roofing. To quickly recap, metal roof panels are significantly stronger than traditional roofing shingles, with impact ratings to weather the harshest environments, they provide incredible durability, with the ability to last for 50+ years, and their many varieties provide a high level of style and color options. While the initial cost is more than traditional shingle roofs, the long-term benefits and minimum maintenance required more than pays out over the years.
 

Why You Need FSCS for Your Commercial Roofing

 
We have often highlighted residential and agricultural metal roof projects, but our partners at Fabral also provide great metal roofing options for commercial use. The sheer number of styles is bound to fit any project and any pitch needed and their installation is designed to be easy and efficient. In addition to a variety of strengths and styles, these metal roofs have options including soffit panels to provide necessary ventilation, snow-retention systems to prevent fast-moving snow or ice across the slick metal surfaces, sealants for weather-tight seals, CondenStop to prevent condensation buildup, as well as a number of environmental benefits. For example, because metal is naturally more reflective than asphalt, metal roofs reflect more light during the summer and absorb less heat, allowing for reduced energy bills.

The variety of design options and simplicity of installation makes these metal roofs ideal for businesses, schools, stadiums, and many other commercial building types. If you are looking to have a new commercial or other roof installed and would like one that saves you time and money down the road, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: The Elegance of a Metal Roof

We have been in business for close to 50 years now at FS Construction Services, but there is still something that feels fresh and exciting about a particularly well-implemented design. And one kind of project seems to inspire feelings most often: a brand-new metal roof. There’s something so satisfying about the clean lines, the sturdy construction, and the strong colors. Knowing that they’re designed to last longer than the amount of time we have been in business is just the cherry on top.

Consider Easy Maintenance Metal Roof

 

Recently we had the opportunity to install a 6500 sq. ft. roof for a client, and the result reminds us why we enjoy these projects so much. The 24-gauge 1.5” SSR standing seam roof replaced the old shingles we removed and disposed of. We laid down felt-backed insulation under the new roof as well as new 6” seamless gutters, downspouts, and leaf guards. We also put a modified roof onto the existing pergola to help water drain.

One of the other features of this project that we had to consider was the house’s skylight and chimney. We want our installs to be seamless, but also practical, so we took particular care to make sure that our roof plan incorporated these elements while still providing our client with a sealed and safe roof. Similarly, standing seam metal roofs will expand and contract with the changing temperatures. However, when they are engineered and installed properly, these movements are accounted for.

If you have been approaching the time for a new roof and have considered if a metal roof might be for you, be sure to check out just how they easy they are to maintain. If you have any questions at all, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Peace of Mind with a Fabral Agricultural Metal Roof

Depictions of agriculture often focus on dusty, rugged-looking trucks, machines, and boots. And it’s not like it’s without good reason, agriculture can be a dusty, rugged industry. And yet for all the images of weathered structures and equipment, something that may not be thought about as often is just how strong the actual roof of your barn, shed, or stable is. So often, agricultural buildings are isolated structures, with little to slow the impact of wind, rain, hail, and more. So whether you are housing machinery or animals, you want to make sure that whatever is inside can be kept safe and unbothered with an agricultural metal roof.
 

Consider the Many Benefits of an Agricultural Metal Roof

 
Thankfully, there is a solution. Our partners at Fabral specialize in just this type of thing. Their variety of metal roofs work for residential, commercial, and agricultural applications. Not only do their 50+-year lifespans warrant consideration, their unmatched strength, resistance to rot, various weather impact ratings, and the fact that they don’t constantly need to be inspected make them ideally suited to your building that’s going to take the biggest beating each year.

Additionally, these highly-reflective roofs stay cooler during the summer, meaning you will have to spend less keeping the building cool and get to be environmentally friendly at the same time. These metal roofs come in wide variety of styles and colors, meaning they can match perfectly to your structure. And finally, they can be installed over felt paper and plywood, preventing excess noise, which is particularly good for buildings that house animals.

So if it’s time to add or update the roof on your agricultural structure, why not consider the many benefits of a metal roof. If you have any questions at all, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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How Easy Is It? Metal Roof Maintenance

Earlier this year we took some time to compare metal roofs with other types of roofing materials and explore the benefits a metal roof provides. This time we want to take a similar approach but zero in on the specific ways that metal roof maintenance compares to maintenance on other kinds of roofs. In general, metal roofs last over 50 years, carry long warranties, and require significantly less upkeep than their roofing counterparts.

 

Metal Roofs Easiest to Maintain

 

Asphalt

Starting with the traditional asphalt shingle roofs, their lifespan can be anywhere from 10-30 years, but they will need regular inspections throughout that time. It’s common for individual shingles or sections of shingles to need replacing. It’s also common to have to re-caulk and seal parts of the roof as time goes by and the shingles age.

Tile

Tile roofs can have a longer lifespan than asphalt roofs, even up to and beyond 50 years. Like asphalt roofs though, they will need regular inspections because tiles are prone to crack and slide out of place over time. Additionally, tile roofs provide limited wind resistance when compared to other materials, so if you have a tile roof in a generally windy area, it may require more maintenance.

Shake

A shake-shingle roof has a lifespan of around 30 years. While their rustic and natural appearance is pleasing, it comes with an added maintenance cost. Apart from annual inspections, shake-shingle roofs usually require maintenance every 2-4 years as they are prone to mold, rot, and leakage.

Slate

Slate roofs have a lifespan of 75 years and beyond, which is considerably impressive. Due to their heavy weight, it’s recommended to have a structural inspection before installation. After installation, an annual inspection is recommended as slate roofs can chip, crack, and slide. One other factor to consider is there are likely to be color variations if they need to be repaired.

Metal

Finally, our favorite material, the metal roof. They have a lifespan of 50-plus years and require fewer inspections than the other materials, usually based on the manufacturer’s recommendation. While it can happen, repairs and replacements are uncommon. Additionally, metal roofs are resistant to fading and rot, though if needed, they can be repainted.

 

So, there you have it. There are, of course, other factors to consider, but we always like to say there is nothing that beats the peace of mind of a metal roof. If you are interested in learning more, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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How Does a Metal Roof Compare to Other Roofing Types?

When it comes to home ownership, it usually feels like there is always something that needs to be done. And to all but maybe a select few, the never-ending cycle of painting, repairing, and replacing can wear out its welcome very quickly. While we would love to say that we have the magic product that can make all those headaches go away, unfortunately that’s just not reality. However, we do have a product that’s maybe as close as someone can get to a maintenance-free life.

 

Invest in a Metal Roof with FS Construction Services

 

Here at FS Construction Services, we have talked often about the benefits of installing a metal roof. One thing we haven’t done though, is show how a metal roof directly compares to other kinds of roofing material, particularly in how much ongoing maintenance is required. One thing that’s true of metal roofs is there can be a bit of a heftier cost up front, but hopefully you’ll see in upkeep and longevity, they can more than make up for it.

Cost

A metal roof can run anywhere from $800-$1,200 per square (for 100 sq. ft.). Traditional asphalt shingles will run as low as $350 per square, a shake-shingle roof or a slate roof from can go up to $1,500 per square, and a tile roof will be somewhere in between. While an asphalt roof is significantly cheaper up front, it requires more upkeep and will need to be replaced sooner than any other type of roof.

Longevity

Speaking of longevity, that asphalt roof will probably last anywhere from 15-20 years. A shake-shingle roof has an average lifespan of 30 years, whereas tile and metal roofs have average lifespans of 50-plus years, and the slate roof can last up to 75 years.

Upkeep

Now here’s where the metal roof advantages really start to show. An asphalt roof needs regular upkeep, shingle replacements, and general repairs as it ages. Tile roofs have less wind resistance, so they will need regular maintenance and inspections. Similarly, because shake-shingle roofs are made of wood, they need to be checked regularly for rot and mold. Slate roofs, while built to last long, will need regular inspections to check for sliding slates, cracks, and chips. Metal roofs, meanwhile, rarely need replacements or repairs. Inspections are recommended but their strength and fade resistance often mean they can be installed and effectively let go for a long time.

Style

Asphalt and slate roofs come in limited colors and shades, while shake shingles are a more natural look for specific applications. Tile roofs have limited colors but a variety of styles. However, metal roofs, by nature of being metal, come in a huge variety of colors and styles to perfectly fit each application.

 

We could go on and on about energy efficiency and cheaper shipping costs, but the metal roof picture is pretty clear. While not as inexpensive as traditional asphalt roofs, metal roofs offer a peace of mind that no other roofing option comes close to. If you are in need of a new roof, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.