Things you should know before replacing your roof

Replacing your roof is one of the ways to boost the appeal of your home. Moreover, a damaged roof invites different types of pests, bugs, bacteria and even moisture that make your home environment disturbing and unhealthy. Plus moisture causes rotting, molding in your house, and damages your house walls and ceilings. Renovating damaged roofs is also important for the security of your house and the well-being of your family. Although there are many contemporary roofing options, the majority of people still like keeping their roofs in a traditional theme, as they carry a different aesthetic appeal when compared to modern roofs. Also, they are insulated enough to cut your energy costs and prevent air from escaping.

There are many considerations that need to be factored for roofing, including types of roofing material, durability, longevity, budget and the look you want. The most important thing to take into consideration is that you should choose the one that is right for your climate and your type of roof pitch in addition to the style of your home.

Let’s have a look at four types of roof shingles, and learn as to what type of climate and roofing pitch they are suitable for. The guide will help you to know things that you should be aware of before starting a roof renovation project.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used type of roofing system. Typically, most appropriate for a steep pitch, they offer the best reinforcement for harsh conditions. Asphalt shingles can be either organic or made of fiberglass. The organic variety consists of various types of cellulose fiber bases that are then coated with mineral granules to impart various colors.

Fiberglass shingles have a fiberglass mat with both, a top and bottom layer of asphalt that contains the mineral granules for color. The advantage of asphalt shingles is that they are fire-resistant and come in different classes of fire-retardant grades. Asphalt shingles can also be coated with copper or zinc ceramic granules to provide an extra barrier against the growth of mold and to add protection against humidity in warm weather climates. Asphalt shingles not only come in a variety of colors, they can also be textured, which can enhance the aesthetic look of your roof.

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Wood shakes or shingles

Typically made from southern pine, cedar, redwood or other hardwoods, wood roofing materials are most popular in California and some parts of the Midwest and Northwest regions. Shingles are constructed from machine saws and are handmade, which gives homes a more rugged appearance and less uniformity with amazing wood tones that includes ambers, reds, golds, and browns.

One of the biggest disadvantages of wood shingles is that they are less fire-resistant than other types of roofing materials. If you are living in a very dry climate or place prone to forest fires, wood shakes or shingles are not a great idea.

Wood shakes and shingles

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Tile shingles

Tile shingles are either made of concrete or clay. Most commonly associated with a mission or Spanish-style appearance, the tops of the shingles are rounded. Tile shingles are usually found in places like Florida or the Southwest. They are also preferred for French, German and English-style flat roof exteriors. The advantage of the tile roof is that they come in a plethora of different types of finishes and colors, which transform your house into a wonderful masterpiece. The best thing is that they have a long life expectancy, and known to last for 50 years. Tile shingles are also practical because they offer great protection against insects, rotting, and molding, which also promotes further longevity.  Since, it is a very heavy roofing material, not all structures will be able to accommodate a tile roof.

Tile roofing for house

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Synthetic roofing products

Synthetic roofing products include roof covers that are made from wood, slate, and shakes, but they are composed differently and do not have the same characteristics or properties of their original material. They are usually made out of vinyl, plastic and other synthetic materials in order to mimic the appearance of slate and wood roofing tiles, which means you can give the luxurious appearance of a slate roof to your home without compromising the durability.

Synthetic slate roofing is extremely lightweight and easy to work with because it can be easily moved in large quantities and quickly installed on your roof. The overall installation costs in terms of both time and money are less than original slate and wood shingles.

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Choosing the right contractor

Once you decide which type of roof is best for your region and what style you like, it is important to find the best manufacturer and roofer to provide you reliable warranty. When hiring a renovation contractor, choose one that is well- established in your area. There are times when storm damage can bring transient roofers into your region. Using a local will ensure that if you have any problems you can contact the roofer, who will ultimately be responsible for the warranty. If the roof is not applied specifically as the manufacturer has outlined, it is possible that the warranty will be voided.

Also, before you pay for a new roof, find out if your homeowner’s insurance will cover some of the costs associated. A roof is an expensive hit to your budget. If a leak or roof damage is due to weather, it just may be covered under your insurance policy. A reputable roofer should know what signs to look for and be able to contact your insurance company for verification.

Tips to choose a right Roofing Contractor

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