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Building an extension for my mother-in-law

I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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Why a Metal Roof Might Be the Right Type for Your Home

by Chloe Cooper

While asphalt shingles may still be one of the most popular options for home roofs, metal roofs are also a good choice for homeowners to consider. You may not have thought about a metal roof if your current roof needs repair or the replacement of some shingles, but metal offers some distinct advantages over any other material. Note a few of those advantages here and then you can discuss this choice with a roofing contractor as needed.

Low maintenance

Asphalt shingles are notorious for blowing off in strong storms, and they may also hold moisture and other debris in between each individual tile. This makes them a very high-maintenance choice; you need to replace missing shingles regularly and may also find that it's necessary to power wash your roof and remove excess moisture, mold, mildew, and even fungus that's growing on the roof from this moisture and debris. A metal roof is very low maintenance; the long pieces of the roof are unlikely to blow away and need replacing, and you don't need to hose down debris as it's not likely to get caught in between their long, single pieces.

Resale value

Metal roofs typically last much longer than asphalt shingles since they don't get brittle with age and won't blow away in strong storms. This can actually increase your home's resale value; a potential homebuyer may note that a home has a metal roof and know that they won't need to worry about replacing or repairing it as soon as they would a home with an asphalt tile roof. Since they won't face that expense as soon, they might be willing to pay more money for your home versus another.


It's a common misconception that a metal roof will be louder than an asphalt roof, but note that your home's metal roof won't simply be a thin layer of tin such as you would see on an outdoor shed. A metal roof needs a solid layer of sheathing underneath it in order to keep it attached to the home itself, and this sheathing can actually make it even more soundproof than asphalt tiles. The sheathing absorbs sound from rain, hail, sleet, and other weather elements and may also help to absorb sound from airplanes and traffic. If you live in an area with a lot of sound pollution and especially sound that comes from above, a metal roof might be a better option than any type of tile or shingle.