Monthly Archives August 2013

Metal or Tile Roofing?

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15
Aug
2013

tile roofYour roof is a very important feature of your home. Not only does it make your home look chic or shabby, but it also protects your family and its infrastructure. Without a quality roof, the integrity of your home will quickly diminish. Rain will eventually seep through and wind will easily blow away the shingles. If it’s time to have your roof repaired or replaced, you will need to consider what type of material you want to have used. For many homeowners, choosing between metal and tile roofing is a difficult task. Knowing the pros and cons of each is necessary to make a defined decision.

Why Use Metal Roofs

Some people opt for metal roofs because they are durable. Over the past few decades, metal roofs have advanced. Before, they didn’t usually come with good insulation or protection from nature and its elements. Today, you can find metal roofs that are better quality and economically priced, making them a popular choice amongst homeowners. Some of the pros of metal roofs is that the come in a variety of colors, they can blend with almost any home design, they are resistant to hail and impact, they’re easy to maintain and repair, and more insulation can be offered if you use reflective sun coatings. A lot of manufacturers of metal roofs offer a 25-year warranty and 12-year warranties for chipping and flaking.

Why Use Tile Roofs

The two most popular types of tile roofs today are cement and terracotta. The latter choice is more expensive, but offer aesthetic advantages over other roofing materials. Cement tiles have also become more impressive over time. The difference between terracotta and cement tiles is that cement is more suitable for homes that are on the coast or in regions with cooler climates. Some of the pros of tile roofs is that they offer great insulation, are resistant to weather for up to 50 year and they are a classic aesthetic that can’t be accomplished with sheet roofing.

The cost of tile roofs is higher than metal roofing. Whichever one you decide to choose, make sure to hire a professional roofing expert to do the installation for you. This will ensure that they are installed properly to safeguard your family and your home from bad weather. You can find a variety of manufacturers that sell metal and tile roofing materials. Try to find one that comes with a long-term warranty, so that you can get the most of your new rooftop.

At GM Pacific Pro Construction, we offer high-quality installations, which are done by our licensed and insured contractors. Give us a call today to get a free quote for your next roofing repair or installation!

01
Aug
2013

wood or compositeThere are a lot of great benefits to having a deck built onto your home. For starters, it’s a good selling point, if you’re trying to lure in homebuyers. If not, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. If space allows, you can build a large deck that is equipped with a roof and patio furniture. If you have an in-ground or above-ground swimming pool, a wrap-around deck would be ideal to have to make getting into and out of the pool easier. It will also give you and your family a place to soak up sun after or before a swim. Now, when it comes to choosing the type of material to use for the deck, you’ll want to choose something that is easy to maintain and that lasts long. Composite and wooden are the most popular materials used for decks.

What They’re Made Of

Composite decks are made out of recycled plastic and fibers or wood pellets. Then the scrap is mixed with the synthetic materials that make the composite look more natural. Some people like the idea that composite decking is recycled materials, making them eco-friendly. On the other hand, wooden decks are created from pressure-treated hardwood to make it resistant to water. You can find tiles and planks made of composite at your local home improvement stores. Tiles can be used if you’re looking to use the original material but have a different finish.

Which One is Economical?

As you can imagine, wooden decks are half the cost of composite decks. However, composite lasts much longer than wood, making them a more economical choice in the long term. This is why most people opt for composite decks instead of wood. They tend to last between five and seven years, while wood is usually replaced multiple times during this time frame. Some home improvement stores have financing options for composite decks, allowing homeowners to build their decks without worrying too much about the cost. The payments are spread out, so that it doesn’t hurt your wallet too much.

Which is Easier to Take Care Of?

If you’re looking for a deck material that is easy to maintain, then composite is the one to consider. All you have to do is pressure wash it to get rid of dirt and debris. In order to care for wood, you will have to wash it by hand and use a water-proof sealant to protect it from water damage from moisture and rain. Staining it each year is recommended, so that the grain will stay intact.

Looks and Durability

Since composite is made from plastic, wood chips and other synthetic materials, it is more durable than wood. It is able to withstand rough weather. Composite is also bug-resistant, unlike wood. Wood gets scratched and stained easier and faster and will fade over time.
Overall, composite will look better longer, but is more costly upfront. Composite also looks elegant and sophisticated. Some manufacturers make composite that looks like natural wood, so if it’s the look you’re going for and want longevity, this would be ideal for you.