Why Weather is Important When Choosing Your Roof

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Many times, when a person needs a new roof they have two things in mind: the price and the color. However, it is equally as important to consider the type of weather where you live and what material would best suit the situation. 

Heavy Winds

Heavy winds are especially bad on a roof when light asphalt shingles are used. Actual high wind resistance also involves the method of installation. In order to receive the most wind resistance on a roof, it is important that the entire assembly is geared toward this purpose. This begins with the structural deck and includes the insulation/board layers, the membrane and the surface covering. Flat roofs are often the best in this kind of situation as long as they are insulated properly with an EPDM or TPO membrane and there typically isn’t large amounts of precipitation to create ponding.

Looking at 2018 Roofing Trends

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As one of the most important parts of any building, when a new roof is needed, it is important to be aware of any new roofing products on the market. The following are some of the hottest 2018 roofing offerings. 

ARCHITECTURAL ASPHALT SHINGLES

Asphalt shingles have proven themselves throughout the years. They are durable, colorful and can handle any kind of weather. Today architectural shingles, made of asphalt, have become extremely popular. As a rule, these shingles have a three-dimensional construction and design creating a shadow line with more than one thickness. This presents the impression of a wood or slate shake.

Choosing a Commercial Roof

Commercial buildings each require a roof that is long lasting and will protect its contents and occupants from all types of weather. Company executives or owners take special care in making a selection that will best serve their company.

Commercial roofing has a number of types available. Each type of roof has special features which are designed to provide the maximum protection from the weather while offering the best in energy savings.

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Choosing the Correct Roof Style

When building a new home or re-modeling an older one, there is often the question of what type and shape of a roof to install. Many times this depends on the overall architectural design and the surrounding neighborhood. Depending on the style of, the type of materials to be used to construct or solidify can vary in terms of cost and functionality and whether or not you may be able to use something like TPO or another EPDM membrane system.

How to Choose a Good Roof

When it comes to putting on a roof there are many different types available. Naturally, one wants to put on a roof that looks good, is long lasting and will not incur constant repair problems. Things to consider include:

• Will it fit the architecture of your home?

• Will the color last?

• What is the cost?

• What kind of warranty does it have?

• Finding a reliable roof installer

Today’s market offers wooden shingle/shakes, tile, metal, slate, copper and asphalt which are available in a variety of designs. 

How To Get The Most Out of Your Roof

Everyone agrees that having a good roof is essential for any residential or business building. It will keep out the weather while providing protection of the building’s contents. Snow, sleet, strong wind and severe heat can damage a roof if proper maintenance and small repairs are not taken care of on a regular basis.

How to Avoid Roof Repairs

The basic foundation of any good roof is the installation. Being sure that you have a good grade of shingles, or other type of roofing material, and a good roofing contractor will assure that you have a top rated roof with both material and contractor warranties.

Many people do not give a great deal of thought to their roof on a day to day basis. However, there are things that you should know about roofs that could cause significant damage if not taken care of.

These include:

A New Look With Dimensional Shingles

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When it comes to roofing, there is a wide variety of materials and styles to choose from. This makes it difficult for the average business or home owner to choose the correct covering for their building. That is why it is imperative to consult with an established roof contractor who has both high quality materials and highly skilled employees. 

It was in the 1970’s that asphalt dimensional shingles, also called laminated shingles, were first developed in response to homeowners who wanted more luxury roofing for their home. Although first created for appearance (various designs), they perform better than the regular 3-Tab asphalt. Over the years, there have been numerous styles developed from Victorian to dramatic or rugged.

 

Regular Asphalt Shingles vs Dimensional Shingles

Regular 3-tab asphalt shingles gave a repetitive pattern while dimensional singles have two layers of shingle material bonded together. This gives the latter a three dimensional look and is available in various decorative shapes and designer cuts. This also presents the opportunity to install a roof that can be simulated to resemble more expensive roof materials such as tile, slate and shake.

The Professional Value Over DIY Roof Repair

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A house or other building consists of the foundation, or basement, the walls and the roof. However, if you really think about it, it will not stand without a good roof. Today, there are many programs on television that show people purchasing distressed houses, remodeling them and the selling at a profit. However, have you noticed that they always call in professionals to re-do the roof?

DIY Roof Problems

There are many reasons not to attempt roof repairs, or replacements, yourself. These include:
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Acrylic Coating – Coating for All Types of Roofing

What kind of a roof do you have on your home or commercial business? Is it wood, slate or metal shingles, tile or is it a poured roof? What condition is it in? Often, a person does not think about their roof until it starts to leak and water stains, mold and other conditions appear. To make their roofs more secure and to make them last longer, many people are choosing to use an acrylic coating. 

What is Acrylic Coating?

An acrylic coating is not a paint, it is a liquid, seamless, fully attached membrane that is applied over the roof to add additional protection from the weather. It is much thicker than paint and has proven to be effective in reflecting properties, resisting foot traffic and flexibility at cold temperatures as well as rain and other types of weather.

Shingles – the Traditional Stand-in for Home Roofing

Regardless of the shape of roof you have, flat, steep, gable, L-Shaped, Gambrel, Hip or T-shaped, it is essential that it be covered with materials that will keep the building underneath free from all types of weather. One of the materials that has proven itself over the years is shingles.

Wooden shingles actually came into being in the 1870s and ‘80s. Currently shingles are available in wood, slate, metal, plastic, flagstone and composite materials. When the right brand is used, and they are properly laid, shingles can offer years of protection and provide the homeowner with the assurance that costly repairs will not have to be made on an annual basis. 
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