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Roofing is, without a doubt, the most essential aspects of any building, whether it is residential or commercial. That is why there have been numerous different types of roofing materials employed throughout the ages, each of them with their own distinct advantages and drawbacks. All in all, types of roofing need to be tough, resilient, and in one way or another weather-resistant.

There are a number of materials that have fit this description perfectly, although in the western part of the world, slate, shale, and tile were the primary choice for roofing until well into the modern day. Later, when such materials became scarce, it was replaced by aluminium and galvanised steel sheets, which, while they were weather resistant, where a bit flimsy and not at all ideal for all-weather conditions in area with strong winds.

Today, property owners have access to much stronger steel roofing, a roofing material choice that is used by most buildings in New Zealand, for good reasons.

Why Steel Roofing is the Best Choice for Your Home

Superior durability – steel roofing is far more durable than shale, slate, and tile shingles since it doesn’t warp, crack, break, or buckle. It is thick enough that it can withstand a lot of weight and pressure, such as heavy rains and snowfall.

Fireproof – there isn’t anything better than a fireproof roof. While shale and slate shingles are fire-resistant, they aren’t heatproof, which means that these materials can split from intense heat – something that steel roofing won’t do.

Weather-resistant – a lot of people think that steel will rust, just like iron will. However, well-made steel doesn’t actually ‘rust away’, instead, it will form a thin film of oxidised ‘rust’ on the surface which actually protects all the rest of the metal underneath. However, precoated steel roofing using COLORSTEEL® will not oxidise.

Low-maintenance and energy efficient – prepainted steel roofs with COLORSTEEL® are low-maintenance and energy efficient because of solar reflectance technology that reflects sunlight. This helps buildings stay cooler in the summer.

Aesthetically versatile – prepainted COLORSTEEL® steel roofing is available in a wide assortment of colours. This allows home owners to fully customise the look of their roofing with their home’s exterior design.

If you are considering a new roof, then think of these steel roofing benefits for your home – superior durability, fireproof, weather-resistant, low maintenance, energy efficient, and aesthetically versatile.

For more information about the cost of steel roof installation for your home, please contact Johnson Roofing to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

Dealing with roof problems on your own can be tempting. With the advent of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that guarantee great results for a bargain, more people are opting for DIY, instead of hiring roofing professionals because they are motivated by the belief that they will save money. But it is exactly this kind of thinking that has gotten hundreds of homeowners into dangerous (and costly) situations; situations that have ended in hospitalization and additional expenses on repairs.

It seems that many property owners are unaware of the hazards associated with rooftop safety, thankfully there is information below to help educate people about the concerns of rooftop hazards.

Common Rooftop Safety Hazards

1. Falls and injury. The risk of falling is great when traversing on roofs, particularly for people who are not trained and equipped properly with safety gear. The lack of safety equipment such as portable railings and a harness can increase your chances of getting slipping and falling when traversing from one part of the roof to the other. However, equipping yourself is not enough.

Without training, you might not only slip and fall when walking on the roof, but you could also unknowingly cause damage to your roof.

2. Roof integrity and ladder placement.
For people without any knowledge or training on how to mount a roof, it can very difficult to determine which areas are solid enough to step on, without causing damaging to the roof. Professionals, on the other hand, can determine if the underlayment of a roof is structurally sound before performing roof maintenance services.

Proper placement of the ladder is also very important, since it too has been known to cause not only roof and gutter damage, but personal injuries when improperly placed and used to mount roofs.

3. Split-level type roofs. Roofs with a split-level design have unprotected sides and edges, which can further increase the risk of falling and damage caused by improper placement of ladders against the roof and gutter.

4. Roof height. The height of a roof can also increase the risk of injury that is because the higher you go the more dangerous it becomes. Any height that reaches 6 feet or more will require protective equipment to prevent falls.

5. Training and preparation.
Cleaning and maintaining a roof is no simple task, and there are many aspects of the process that requires training, to prevent personal injury and property damage. These include edge awareness, or being constantly aware of roof edges to prevent accidents, and the proper application of safety gear.

Thankfully in Auckland, professionals like Johnson Roofing Ltd. are fully equipped and trained to take care of your roofing problems, safely and efficiently.