Before we talk about roofing materials and prices let us ask ourselves why metal roofing over other alternatives? Over the years, asphalt roofing has been popular. They are usually made of fiber glass or felt covered with tar and stones are glued on to them. As time goes by the stones begin to wear off leading to leaks.
Of all the roofing tools I’ve had over the years, chalk boxes have caused me the most grief. They never seemed to hold enough chalk or chalk a consistent line. And the string always seemed to break just when I was in a big rush. The plastic reduction drives broke and the strings tangled within the box. It drove me nuts. That kept me constantly on the search for a better chalk box.
The first thing to think about is the overall cost of the project that you are about to embark upon. It is never a good idea to underestimate the cost of such a large project. If this occurs, you might end up with a half shingled roof – not a good idea. In order to make a roof estimate, you’ll have to measure the entire roof space, and you’ll also have to include material costs.
Just about any small trowel will do for spreading flashing cement, but the flat nose type, like a Marshalltown #11202 Margin Trowel, is good for cleaning out the bottom of buckets. If you’re doing a lot of mud work, you will want to get a big brick trowel like a Marshalltown #10109. It can lay down a 10″ mortar pad for tile in one swoop. It’s helpful to grind the point down to make it easier working out of a five gallon pail.
A handy place to get those questions answered is at roof repair el paso forums. To find them, just type “roofing + forum” into your favorite search engine. But be aware that there is a wide range of people answering the questions. Each has his own opinions, expertise and background. It’s been said that we don’t see things as THEY ARE; we see things as WE ARE.
1) Know what you will pay before requesting bids- If you have a 2000 square foot 1-story home, your roof square footage is probably around 3000 square feet. Prices will vary based on roof slope, complexity, and work access around the roof. For a 24 GA painted standing seam, the price per square foot will be $5-$6 (dependent on location). So, your contract price will be $15,000 – $18,000. If this doesn’t startle you, you are ready for step 2.
“My roofing crew isn’t qualified.” This is the best one yet, some roofing crews, have one guy that kind of knows what he’s doing and he’s leading around two or three others that are trying to figure out, how to roof the house. This happens every once in a while and it’s sad, but when a large roofing company, gets busier and takes on more work than it should have, they seem to hire anyone, to fill the void.
Noise. Take for example the sound of the falling rain. For some people, this is romantic while for others, this can be annoying. Therefore, you have to remember that having metal roofing means that the noise is louder compared to other roofing materials. However, noise can be regulated by using roofing materials that contain structural barriers which minimize the drumming effect.