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An Introduction To Modular Homes

Facts about Modular homes

Guidelines about modular homes

Modular home is a home which is built indoors in a factory type setting. The finished products are then covered and transported to new locations where all of them are assembled by the builder. If you are thinking that modular home is mobile home only then you are wrong. It’s not mobile home; it’s just a home which is not built off-site as compared to those homes which are built on-side. Modular homes are also known as prefab homes, system built home or factory built homes.  Even many people mix up modular homes with manufactured homes which are totally different concepts on a whole. Manufactured homes are not placed on a solid and permanent foundation whereas modular homes are placed on a permanent and stable foundation.

Modular homes are generally built in a factory setting and hence it can finish in few weeks only as opposed to few months. Modular homes don’t have to face the typical delays of weather and such issues which on site homes have to generally face. Modular homes have to comply with guidelines, specific rules and building codes which traditional on site build homes don’t have to follow. When you are choosing to go for modular homes, it’s essential to make some research and contact certain companies before finalizing on one. There can be varied difference in price, service and quality. So check out what services are available in which price and which company is more reliable as compared to that of other.

Many people have a misconception that all the modular homes look similar which is of course not true. Modular homes do not have any design limitations. You can have your modular home of any specific style or any specific type you want. You can add any architectural beauty or specification to your modular home.

Modular homes are such homes which are built into sections in area which is totally climate controlled. These sections are then transferred to the building site and then they are assembled with cranes. Modular homes are such which cannot be moved from their place after they have been placed and set on their foundations. When you are planning to have modular home of your own, it’s very important to ask your manufacturer some questions as different manufacturers have different set and process of work.  Modular homes makes you available with plenty of features which include solid surface countertop, ceramic floors, wood species, various styles of cabinets, plumbing fixtures, exterior finishes etc.

Despite of so many benefits and options, modular homes are quite a budgetary option for you. They can save you many bucks. As they are constructed indoors, they can be built very quickly in weeks only instead of months as there are no weather delays. Even there are no material delays and hence there is less cost of labor and these factors make modular homes less expensive. However it also has price ranges. If the design of the home is more complex than the price will be higher and on a contrary if design is simple, price will be lower.

Types Of Roofing Shingles

roofing shinglesFinding the best type of shingles for your home and that too in your budget is really a challenging task. While making a home, installing a good roof is a great thing to start up with. Roofing shingles were and are a very popular choice of people. Different types of roofing shingles have different qualities, some have better durability, some are more long lasting and some are cost effective. It depends on your need and choice as to among all types of roofing shingles which one suits you best. It is essential to compare pros and cons of each types of roofing shingles. Before install any type of roofing shingles in your house, you must talk with the local roofing contractor of your area to get the idea as which types of roofing shingles are more prevalent in your area and suits best to your part of the country. Here are some of the common types of roofing shingles.

  • Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common types of roofing shingles and the reason behind it being so common is that it is very inexpensive and so people prefer it much. Along with that if you are buying asphalt shingles which are coated then there lies another advantage that they satisfies the energy star standards for having a cool roof and you can also earn a rebate on it. Hence these types of roofing shingles are really advantageous. If you opt for three tab asphalt shingles then it is thinner and as compared to others it is also less expensive. As they are less expensive their life span is also less say for only 20 to 30 years.

  • Wood shingles

Wood shingles are among such types of roofing shingles which looks very appealing. They are aesthetically good looking. This is because of their natural appearance. But as they such gorgeous looks they are bit costly. They are more costly as compared to asphalt shingles. If you are choosing a hardwood like redwood or cedar then the lifespan of wood shingles is from 30 years to 50 years.

  • Metal Shingles

These types of roofing shingles are best for those homes with flat or steep rooflines. Metal roofing shingles can be either constructed metal shingles or solid metal shingles. If you go for low end galvanized metal roofs then they are relatively cost effective. The life span of metal roofing shingles is also very good. They can last for 50 years. Metal roofing shingles are becoming very prevalent in many areas of the country.

  • Slate shingles

This material for roofing shingles is very much popular in the areas of northeast of US as the slate from which this slate shingles are made up are quarried there. In these areas it is very common to find an old farmhouse which doesn’t have any leaks and still have the original slate roofing shingles. Slate shingles are extremely durable; they can last for 50 years or more without any damage or maintenance. But they are bit expensive. If your budget don’t fit with original slate shingles then you can go for synthetic slate shingles.


How To Identify Hail Damage On Your Roof

Hail damage

Roof is indeed an extremely essential part for your home. As it is such essential part, you must be aware about each and every part of it and must be confident that there are no issues prevailing in your roof. You need a regular check of your roof whether it has any damage or not. If there is any damage and if you are not aware then it might cause you a big problem. Especially in rainy days water can enter your house through r5oofs, if roof is damaged and you have not checked and corrected it.

Coming to the hail damage, it’s very easy to determine the damage hail has done to your property like car or furniture or so as these are the things which are made from metal. It’s very simple to detect the damage as hail leaves the spots on these things. On the other hand it’s pretty much a tough task to spot hail damage on your roof shingles. You need the help of a professional expert roofer to detect this damage.

Any hail damage to your home roof can prove to be very insignificant as it speedily results in serious problems. This problem speedily boost up and results in leaks or slouches in the roofing. It’s advisable to have your roof inspected by the professional roofer every three years and specifically after any storm or high wind atmosphere which you might feel have damaged your roof. Here are some of the points to identify hail damage on your roof.

  • See the metal parts of your roof

Any part of the roofing which is of metal is more likely to get damaged by the hail. If your roof possesses any metal vents, valley or even flashing, then check those parts first for getting the signs of hail damage. These parts are easily affected by the hail and damage is also seen easily.

  • Check the top of your roof

If you are safe at climbing roofs then do so and check out the ridge cap at the top of your roof. This is the best way to check out the roof damage. During the storm, ridge cap takes direct hits from the storm as it has flat surface. This portion is most prominent if your roofing has got any damage from the hail. If you find out any damage on the ridge cap, then it is surety that there are also other portions which have got damaged by the hail.

  • Look out for the major signs of hail damage

There are three things for which you need to look out

  • Bruising
  • Cracking
  • Missing granules

Now if you get any missing pieces of asphalt on the roof, or if you find any shingles which have exposed black substrate they are definitely hit and damaged by the hail. If your roof is hit hard enough by a large hail then it leaves behind a visible big circular crack on the roof.

Introduction to Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Standing seam metal roofFor much time, shingles were the only options available with the people for roofing and if they intend to opt for something else, it would cost them too much. For middle class people, metal roofing was nothing much then a dream. But that time has changed. Now metal roofing is seen on a large scale. If you are thinking that metal roof and standing seam metal roof are same then you are wrong. Standing seam metal roofing is a type of metal roofing. The reason behind this name standing seam is that there are continuous panels which run down from the ridge to the eaves. These seams are connected between the panels with the help of fasteners which are raised at a level which is above the metal roofing. Thus this is the concept behind the name standing seam unlike the regular flush mounted.


  • High seams

The benefit of standing seams lies in its name itself. Seams are the weakest point in other types of roof and a point for moisture consumption. They are raised at a level which is above roofing panel. This is not so in case of consumption shingles.

  • Lesser seams

As in standing seams, the metal panel goes up to down on the roof without any breakage, there is no need of horizontal seams. Thus it results in lesser number of seams.

  • Tough

Metal is indeed a very tough material. But this does not mean full proof to all problems. This toughness does not work in conditions of heavy falling limbs or if there is a severe hailstorm.

  • Cool roof

According to the result of US environmental protection agency, all type of metal roofing are considered to be very cool. The reason behind this is that it can be painted in any color. Even the colors with lighter end on the spectrum can be painted which is helpful in preventing solar heat gain.

  • Glossy looks

Standing seam roof gives a very glamorous look. It is a great choice for contemporary or country style houses. This type of roof gives an industrial type of feeling because of its smooth straight lines but along with a modern touch. Don’t keep a misconception that it is rippled tin roofs which you see in the warehouse of the old years because it is not at all like that.

  • Colors

In case of standing seam roof, you are availed with an option of selecting colors which are sun reflecting and even lighter. But its not at all meant that you have to compromise with the styling factor. Metal is available in different shades of colors say forest green, grey, brown or red. This options might not satisfy you as it is not so wide but still it is far more better than shingles.


  • Less roofers

Ask for one contractor for normal roof installing and you will get hundred. But it is not the case with metal roofing that too standing seam. Very limited contractors will be available for installation of metal roofing. And very few will be available who does it properly. Thus more time is occupied in finding one and as competition decreases, cost also goes up.

  • Cost

Standing seam metal roofing is an costly roofing specially as compared to shingles. But its cost can set off against its durability. Because it is durable and lasts for a long period of time.