What Roof Is Right For Your House?

Today’s roofing market offers a wide range of choices when it comes to one’s roof. There are asphalt, shingles, shakes, metal, tile and slate. There are also imitation asphalt, tile and slate. A wide range of colors is also available.

The overall effect you want is the first thing to be considered when choosing a roof. After that, the price will probably be a dominating factor when making a choice. 
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Making the Most of Roof Colors and Energy Savings

Roofs for homes and businesses require a lot of consideration. This includes cost, materials, energy and colors. Today many locations are finding unique patterns and colors for roofing that was not available in previous years. Additional things to consider, when choosing roofing material, are the climate, the roofing material design and the architectural design of your home or business.

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.

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. 

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.

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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Simple Roof Repair Prevents a New Roof Installation

Many times a home or business owner does not realize they have a damaged roof. This may be caused by extreme heat, storms, excessive snow, accumulated moss, or other things. Usually the first indications are stained walls, a moldy smell and excessive moisture in the attic. Failure to take care of a damaged roof can lead to excessive expenses.

One way to avoid this problem is to have periodic roof inspections. This means that often a simple repair can help you avoid excessive damage that could even lead to a complete roof replacement. Businesses and home owners, alike, have found that this is the smart way to make sure their roof is in good condition prior to the type of weather that can cause excessive damage.

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Comparing Metal Roofing to Asphalt Shingles

Making an informed decision about what type of roofing material to go with has never been easier for the homeowner. Depending on the type of job, and what kind of weather the roof will be exposed to, there are numerous online resources available to guide someone in the right direction. For most people considering a complete replacement, or just a re-capping of their old roof, the choice usually comes down to using either traditional asphalt or modern metal roofing. Each type of roofing material has it’s own unique set of attributes and demerits. Continue reading “Comparing Metal Roofing to Asphalt Shingles”