How to Select a Roof System
Quality roofing materials often last for 20 years or more, but the day inevitably will come when an old roofing system is failing to perform adequately and must be replaced. At that point, a decision must be made as to which type of material to use for the new roof covering.
The roofing system protects a home’s interior from the elements, reduces the heat level in a home, saves energy and adds to the aesthetic appeal and overall value of a building. Some types of roofing, however, accomplish this better than others and at various costs. Such things as local climate patterns, the style of a building’s exterior, and the slope and load bearing capacity of a roof frame will help determine which roofing choice is ideal for a location.
Asphalt roofing shingles are by far the most common roofing material used in North America. They come in two main varieties: the first uses an organic base and is quite effective at blocking out the cold and staying down despite the fierce winds that occur, and the second type of asphalt shingle uses fiberglass infused with asphalt as the base, which is then coated with mineral granules. This option is particularly good at fire and water resistance. Asphalt is a petroleum based product and is more affordable and works well for most buildings.
Metal roofing is a very popular alternative to asphalt. It lasts a much longer and requires little maintenance. The price will vary greatly depending on whether one uses aluminum, steel, copper or another type. Metal roofing sheds water superbly and offers a high resistance to fire and wind. It is also very lightweight and 100 percent recyclable.
Cedar shakes are loved by many for their rustic ambiance and all natural source. Despite higher maintenance and increased cost, many choose cedar because of its beauty, its resistance to insects and decay and to increase their home’s property value. Good cedar shakes will not shrink much and will often be treated for fire resistance.
No matter which material is selected, however, a homeowner should make sure that he or she uses only top of the industry roofing contractors. Choosing a Houston roofing company that has earned GAF Master Elite Certification will ensure that the roofers know how to properly install a roof. Strict inspections and prolonged investigations go into earning this status, making it a true indicator of excellence. In addition, look for extensive experience, a nearby location, examples of past workmanship and a large, satisfied customer base. Contact us today to learn more!
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