Different Types of Roofing

There are a handful of different materials that are used for your roof, it used to be that you had the choice between tiles and asphalt shingles.  Today if you are building a home or just looking at replacing your roof you have a ton of choices.  Let’s look at the different type of roofing materials so you can make an informed choice on your next roof.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are probably the most common roofing material in the market, you can use them in almost any climate and they are one of the cheapest options.  The quality can vary and if you live in an area that seem hail storms on a regular basis then look for a shingle that is at least impact resistant.  The downside to asphalt shingles is they don’t have as long a life span as some of the other roofing materials and you don’t have as many color and style choices.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are far more durable than most of the other options here with a lifespan of more than 50 years, you will never have to replace them in your lifetime.  Snow slides right off, they can endure high winds and they are resistant to heat.  They are lightweight and you can put the right on top of your existing roof.  They do cost more than shingles or slate but it is well worth it.  There are a lots of options as far as color and style, you can even get them to look like tiles or shake.  Here is a look at how versatile metal roofing can be.

Slate Tiles

Slate can be very durable and last for nearly a century, it is waterproof and can tolerate the heat really well.  You don’t get mold or fungus and it looks great in any climate.  Slate is very expensive, heavy and it can break pretty easily that is why you don’t see it very often.  It is not ideal in places where hailstorms happen regularly.  For the money you may be better off with a metal roof designed to look like slate.

Stone Coated Steel

These are roofing panels that are meant to look like slate or clay tiles only less expensive and a bit more durable.  They are weather resistant and come with a lifetime guarantee and they make a great choice if you want a roof with more style, yet without the expensive price tag.

Your roof should not only be durable but it should match the style of your home.  Talk to your roofing contractor to see the best options for your home.

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Keeping Your Roof Waterproof

Your roof is your biggest protection against the elements and if you live where snow and rain are a regular occurrence then keeping your roof waterproof is a must.  Leaving a leaky roof leads to water damage throughout your house and cost thousands to repair if not dealt with right away.  Here are some tips on keeping your roof in good shape for years.

Clean it Off Regularly

With rain you often get wind at the same time and that can leave lots of leaves and dead branches on your roof that need to be cleaned off.  In the springtime or a couple of times a year go up and clean off any debris that may be on your roof.

Prune Your Trees

Summer storms can blow dead branches on to your roof causing damage and leaks.  In the wintertime the threat is even greater with the weight of heavy snow and ice.  If you have trees close to your home then it is in your best interest to prune the trees regularly, this will keep them healthy and keep branches from landing on your roof.

Regular Maintenance and Repairs

One of the most common reasons that homeowners experience water damage is because the shingles are old and starting to curl up.  You can get moisture seeping in under the shingles and that can lead to mold in your attic.  It is far cheaper to repair curled shingles than it is to replace your roof and eradicate mold from your home.  While you can take on the project yourself you are far better off bringing in a roofing contractor to inspect and repair any issues.  They can see problems that you may not and prevent extensive damage before it starts.

Insulate Your Attic

Fluctuations in temperature can damage your roof, keep your attic insulated not only saves you a small fortune on your heating bills it can keep the temperatures steady.

Add a Water Resistant Layer

Your roofing contractor should add a water resistant layer when working on your roof.  You should also never deal with a “handyman” or someone that isn’t a specialist.  If you don’t get the repairs done right it can end up costing you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Your roof is crucial to the structural integrity of your home and keeping it in good shape is in your best interest.  Roof replacements are expensive, but if you follow these tips your roof can last for years.

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