When it comes to home improvement, you either love it or hate it. Whether you’re buying a new home, fixing a current problem or preparing to put your house on the market, a reliable roof is a necessity — not only for your protection but for your home’s value.
Inspecting your roof and choosing the material of your shingles is only one step in a long list. While there are plenty of DIY techniques for maintaining or installing a roof, a professional roofing contractor can make the list of steps seem less daunting and also ensure your roof is installed properly. The first step typically involves picking the type of roof you want for your home.
In a recent survey, respondents listed durability (88%) as the most important factor of roofing, with longevity coming in a close second (83%). 65% of homeowners also admitted that weather damage is the top reason they’re making a roof repair. So if you’re like most homeowners, it comes down to which roofing material can withstand the harsh elements and remain durable throughout every season.
Looking to invest in asphalt shingles? Why install metal roofing instead? Or is rubber the best option for your home? Let’s take a look at each option to help you make the best decision for your needs.
Asphalt shingle roofs are one of the most popular choices among homeowners. They’re relatively inexpensive, and they’re simple to install even for novices. First used in 1901, they are also one of the oldest and most common shingles.
Asphalt shingles have various qualities that help protect them from wind, hail, fire and algae. This is an obvious benefit to homeowners who are looking to protect their home during extreme weather and potential emergencies.
However, moss and debris can easily collect on asphalt roofs so it’s important to invest in a maintenance routine or work with a local contractor to remove it from your roof. Asphalt shingles also tend to last longer with consistent temperatures. If your area experiences dramatic temperature changes, you may want to consider a different material.
If you want to protect the environment or invest in true durability, metal roofing might be the way to go. A metal roof can be made with recycled materials, which makes it one of the more environmentally friendly options. It can also easily last a lifetime — while it may be a more expensive initial investment, it’s one that pays off in the long run.
Metal roofing can also come with higher warranties than other types of roofing, such as a 30 to 50 year manufacturer warranty. Some states, including Texas, even offer discounts to your homeowner’s insurance to invest in metal roofing. If you live in Texas, a metal roof can help lower your homeowner’s insurance by 35%.
However, metal roofing isn’t as popular as other types of materials. Research the roofing available in your local area to see if any concentrators are experienced working with this material. It’s also important to see if they can help remove rust, which is one of the most common maintenance requirements for a metal roof.
EPDM rubber is a common material in many roofs due to the water-resistant qualities. The two primary ingredients are ethylene and propylene. Due to its impressive chemical makeup, EPDM rubber is a reliable and durable choice for your home.
The synthetic rubber roofing membrane is mainly used in low-slope buildings. If your roof has a higher slope or your area’s temperatures stay relatively consistent, a rubber roof might not be necessary. With extreme weather-resistant qualities, this material is also a more expensive initial investment and may require frequent replacement.
The Importance of Working With a Professional
No matter what material you choose, low-quality roofs or roofs that are over 20 years old are more likely to be affected by winter weather — including wind, ice and snow. You can make sure your roof lasts the long haul and enhances the value of your home by working with a professional and keeping up with your roof’s maintenance.
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