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Metal roofs can be energy efficient but they can also get pretty hot. However, there are various methods homeowners can employ to keep their metal shingles cool.
Metal roofs can be energy efficient but they can also get pretty hot. However, there are various methods homeowners can employ to keep their metal shingles cool.
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When installing a metal roof on your home or business, there are a few pitfalls to avoid and best practices to keep in mind. Find out what they are.
So much P O S itive feedback to share and report here that I can go on for hours but I will keep it short and to the point. I operate a home delivery food service and needed a system that would be specifically programmed to meet my specific business needs. I tried using sys...moretems from two other companies they both sounded pretty decent and professional at the sales end but that's where it also ended. Whenever I needed tech support or help I was told to call an 800 number that was connected to India or who knows wherever else on the globe. the calls wouldn't always connect and when it did the connection wasn't always clear and when I was finally able to talk with someone either I would not understand him or he would not understand me. I truly got frustrated and dropped them after loosing thousands of dollars and wasted time. I was ready to give up on a pos system completely until one afternoon I came across an advertising on my computer screen it was from POS Nation. I was honestly hesitant to call but I did call anyway. And this is what truly happened from that vary first phone call. The person who answered that call was extremely knowledgeable and not just took his time listening to me explaining my specific needs but completely put himself deeply into it wanting to have a complete understanding on all the details. I felt very confident that finally this company is going to make it work for me. It took a few days and he got back to me with a detailed plan. I still needed to fine tune it and he did. I went for it and signed on. I received the complete package with everything in it exactly as promised. A clear and easy instruction sheet came with it and I was able to set it up myself. I still needed tech support and help as I went along with set up and they too gave me an 800 number to call but with this company I was ALWAYS connected to an English speaking professional right here in North Carolina, USA and help was always, and still is, there anytime and every time I need it. I had occasion to speak with many experts at POS Nation and ALL of them are always there and eager to help. I would like to use this opportunity to personally thank Spence Hoffman, Product Specialist who was always there for me and numerous times went out of his way to help. Thank you so much Spence, I couldn't have done it without your help. So to sum it all up, If you need a POS system that is powerful, easy to use and a back up support team that is always there for you, you get it from POS NATION the clear recipient of a strong FIVE STAR RATING. view less
I found POS Nation in a trade magazine. Although the ad seemed to be geared toward only my industry (nursery and landscape), their register system actually is useful for many different businesses. I like the inventory control feature, label printing, and time card feature....more Although it is probably WAY MORE register than my little nursery needs, it leaves room for expansion (that is, if the technology is still valid). The labels I originally received with the register were not compatible with our outdoor use. (Although, the snails were delighted and enjoyed feasting on them). When I called customer service, they immediately contacted the label manufacturer and sent me out a different label and ink to try. So far, so good. After about a year and a couple months (right after the warranty expired), my computer hard drive crashed. I'm not sure what caused it, as the unit always remains on, and we had no power outages or surges. When I called tech support, they informed me that my tech support contract had ended, but I could purchase an additional year for about $400 (ouch). I told my issue was not really a technical issue, more of a manufacturer issue. Since they could not port in to try and see the problem, they asked me to ship the unit back to them ($100 cost to ship). They told me to give it about a week. After 2 weeks, with no response, I called a few times to find out what happened to the unit. They informed me that they had to ship it back to the manufacturer for repairs and did not have it back yet. But they WERE able to save all my data from the hard drive (no, re inputting all that data, WHEW). Well, after about a month, and a few more phone calls I finally got my POS back. The CEO of the company, Cort, was so apologetic about it taking so long, he sent me a couple add-ons for my trouble. So nice. After hooking everything back up, I was still having issues. Dell in technical support was very patient with me and fixed my issues in under 5 minutes. What I thought would take the better part of my day took only about 10 minutes total (5 minutes to fix, and 5 minutes of me thanking him between my tearful 2 year old and tantruming 4 year old). Even though I had some issues, POS Nation was right on top of it and helped me out. Although the product had me frustrated at first, considering the price, their customer service more than made up for it. At this moment I have a machine that works, and fits my needs. I am hoping it will be a quality piece of equipment for my company's future. Thank you!view less
I purchased a full blown POS system, Cash Register Express, from POS Nation in November 2012, for my wife's pet supply and gifts retail business. This included the "web portal" to integrate the system in the business' two separate locations, for inventory manageme...morent, SKU pricing, etc. This has been a challenging environment to set up and get going. We have approximately 7500 SKU's. All the different dog and cat foods in various sizes, treats, plus bath and grooming products, toys, etc. etc. etc. The first location is 4000 sqft. of retail floor and the 2nd location is 1000 sqft. of retail floor. POS Nation has been very responsive and supportive of this challenge. I think the sales staff somewhat "oversold" the system and somewhat failed to educate me -- a POS novice -- on the scope and complexity of "doing POS". This is the lesson to be learned--- a POS for a single location shop that has 250 SKU's is a whole different animal than a 7500 SKU installation in multiple locations. The support required is wholly different, both for initial installation and for the ongoing support requirements. Support has been overall good, all in all. I have learned to be carefull in letting their techs just do things though, as their first level techs often do not understand the scope and complexity of my particular installation (8 workstations, 2 stores, etc. etc.) That said, their level 1 techs are great and the routine things... getting a printer to work or whatever. Now, the big one: the Web Portal. POS Nation is a reseller / dealer of Cash Register Express. pcAmerica, is the software vendor that writes the actual software. The Web Portal is hosted, and operated by pcAmerica. I have found that if there is a web portal issue, POS Nation has to refer that support to pcAmerica; since they cannot access or operate the "controls" of the web portal (a cloud based service, essentially a sync copy of the multiple stores' databases, cloud hosted). This adds to the support issue resolution timeline. I also have found that the web portal is just barely ready for production use. There are some serious functionality issues that need to be resolved, including some design decisions that I feel might not have been the best choice in some cases. Please understand that this is a very big cookie to create and manage, and I do feel that pcAmerica, working with their reseller, POS Nation, is genuinely attempting to do the best they can. view less
The type of roofer you will need will depend on whether you require a brand new roof or small repairs. You need to find a contractor with a history of excellent service in a particular roofing project.
Installation - A roofer can put a brand new roof on your home or commercial building. When this is done as part of original construction, the main contractor will probably perform the task, or may hire a specialist. This is a big project so you may want to find a company who can offer a crew to install your roof over a shorter time period.
Since this is a more involved process, it is also more expensive. Home Advisor says you should expect to pay between $4,000 to $9,000 for a roof installation. This, of course, depends on what type of material the roofer uses, the size of your roof, the code requirements of your area and even the angle - or pitch - of your roof.
Replacement - If you want to replace your current roof, you can hire a company or individual to strip your roof and install new shingles or panels. Some roofing options, such as metal tiles, can be placed on top of existing shingles and are easy enough to install that a single contractor can perform the task efficiently.
If the contractor can install the new roof without removing the old one, it is going to cost you less than a complete replacement. Installing lighter materials will also save you money because it requires fewer people and can be completed faster.
Repair - When you have a leak, it may be time to contact a local roofer. Some problems are obvious and you'll want to call a contractor quickly before damage spreads. A roofer will replace holes in your roof after severe weather or fix your gutters when they stop draining properly.
The average roof repair project will cost you a few hundred dollars. Each tasks is different and you should get a price breakdown for each roof repair project. Make sure you are charged a fair price for materials and time.
Maintenance - There are a variety of tasks that can help maintain the quality of your roofing materials. You may want to invest in sealant or coatings that prevent moisture accumulation or reflect sunlight.
A popular project these days is installing solar panels or other environmentally conscious solutions to save money and make your property greener. When pricing these options, make sure to compare how much the project costs to how much the contractor projects you should save on utilities and heating expesnes.
Inspection - If you are selling your home or business, you'll probably want to contact a roofer to inspect your property for any issues that may affect the value. Whatever your reason for inspections, a roofing expert can tell you possible causes for concerns or provide ideas for future maintenance.
Depending on your area, you may be able to find a roofing contractor who will give you a free evaluation, but you should expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for a full inspection.
Certain events demand you reach out to a roofing expert - such as when a tree crashes through your home. If, however, you're unsure a visit from a contractor is warranted, here are a few signs it's time to give your roof some attention:
The easiest way to tell if your roof needs repair or replacement is to look at it. You should be able to spot broken or missing shingles. Look for subtler signs, such as roof tiles curling or damage around corners and chimneys. Inconsistent coloring could indicate moss or water damage.
If you really want to give your roof a thorough inspection, Good Housekeeping advises property owners to check gutters for broken down granules or interiors for structural sagging.
Not Doing its Job
Your roof is supposed to protect you from environmental elements. If you find water in your home after a rainstorm or feel a draft on cold days, it may mean there are gaps in your roof panels or other problems. A good place to check is your basement or the uppermost level of your property. Try turning out the lights during the day and checking for signs of sunlight breaking through your roof.
You can also check your energy bill. When you feel like you pay too much for heat or cooling, roof repairs could help you cut costs.
After a Major Weather Event
You should always inspect your roof for signs of damage after a major weather event. Wind can blow shingles off your property and hail is a common cause of dents or breakage. If your home suffers from a fire, you need to check for internal structural damage.
All roof materials - even metal shingles and panels - have an expiration date. If you've had your roof for over 20 years, you should consider having a professional give it a full inspection. Problems aren't always obvious, but you can check your original contractor statements for when it's time to reevaluate the work.
After doing your research, you should talk to a roofer in person and ask specific questions before hiring him or her for your project:
What Are Your Qualifications?
The first thing you need to check for is a local address. Its easier to trust a roofer with a history in the community that proudly displays contact information. Not all states require a roofing license, but you should at least check to see if a company or contractor belongs to a national roofing organization or the local chamber of commerce. Ask about any award or certifications the company has earned in previous years.
Can I Have a Cost Report?
No matter how dependable a roofer may seem, never depend on a verbal agreement. You want to get every promise down in writing. An extensive job cost report shows you exactly what work a roofer will perform and how much each service will cost you.
Go line by line and ask about every expense. You should also check to make sure the job completely covers the necessary task, so ask about additional services the contractor could perform for water protection or extended warranty.
What Are Your Plans for Emergencies?
Roofing can be dangerous. You need to make sure that the company or contractor carries liability insurance so you are not held responsible for accidents. Ask to see the proper paperwork and inquire about safety precautions. You should also check if the roofer has contingencies for smaller emergencies, such as rain delays.
How Will You Protect My Property?
Roofing projects can lead to debris and even structural damage. You should invite a roofer to inspect your property before beginning a project so you can point out landscaping or other external features they should look out for. If the contractor doesn't seem to care about aesthetical concerns, you shouldn't expect the finished product to help your curb appeal.
What's Your Warranty?
You need to inquire about how long the work should last. A major factor in longevity will be the materials used. You should research online about how long metal or concrete shingles should perform and make sure the business's guaranteed warranty is in line with industry standards.
Can I Get a Reference?
Not only should you ask to get in contact with past clients, Time Magazine advises homeowners to visit projects currently underway to see how the contractor or company actually performs during a job. You can also go online and check out other customer reviews.
Roofing materials are made out of concrete, metal, plastic and a variety of other substances. Before you settle on material and a design, you should consider these factors:
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, you may want to avoid flammable roofing materials. You have to be aware of your risks for damage and prevent common causes of trouble in your initial buying. This doesn't disqualify all materials. For example, if you worry about moisture but want asphalt shingles, you can purchase algae-resistant versions. If you are designing a home, a pitched roof is better at preventing moisture acclimation than a flat one.
The longer you plan to live in your current home or occupy a commercial space, the more you should invest in a durable roof. The roof of your structure will be a major selling point should you decide to move.
Some roofing materials, such as metal and plastic, have a variety of available looks and designs, while clay tile is very popular for an authentic appearance. You must consider how the roof should look alongside the rest of your architecture and talk to your contractor about the aesthetic values of high-quality materials. You should also consider skylights, chimneys or other obstacles to consistent patterns when planning a design.
Once you consider your regional area, necessary durability and aesthetic appeal, you should take your needs to a roofer who can give you the most cost-efficient option that will satisfy your concerns. You should always create a budget for your roof installation or repair.
If you wish to keep visits from a professional roofer to a minimum, there are some steps you can take to maintain your roof on your own:
Perform Simple Maintenance
Water in your roof is a major cause of mold and leaks. Regularly cleaning your gutters to prevent debris build-up is a best practice. You should also check your flashing and shingle alignment for holes or cracks in the surface. When a roofer installs new materials, ask about specific maintenance you should perform.
Be Aware of Your Risks
If you have a tree near your home, you have to look out for wet leaves accumulating on your roof and the potential danger of falling branches. Homes in colder climates may suffer from freezing, so you want to make sure your roof is properly insulated and prevent heavy snows from weighing down your structure. Before any major weather event, you should inspect your home for possible weaknesses and contact a roofer to prevent trouble.
The primary solution for any possible roof damage is prevention. You can't take your property for granted. You should inspect your roof at regular intervals. Have a professional roofing contractor evaluate your structure after major incidents and well before your warranty expires.