The roof is the house’ crowning glory just a hair to a person. A roof is a symbol and at the same time a verbatim of safety and shield. Installing a new roof for your home is costly, a necessary investment whether it is a roof replacement or setting it up for the first time. If you are residing in a fairly old house chances are you will be replacing a new one soon. When the time comes, it is sensible to choose a good roofing company to install a new roof for your house.
Aside from serving as a protection against the harsh natural elements such as rain, hail, high winds and snow, having a durable and charming roof can even raise up the value of your property. The opposite is true when you have inadequate and damaged roofing.
Before heading with your roof installation, you need to have at least a few choices on what type of roof you will buy or roofing company you’ll hire. There are numerous roofing types and made but the most commonly used are asphalt shingles, metal, and tile roofs.
Asphalt shingles would be the least expensive but not the most resilient nor long lasting. The length of its life depends on its frequent exposure to harsh elements in the environment. Asphalt shingle can dry out easily and turn brittle when exposed repeatedly to scorching sun, high winds, and heavy rains. Dark colored asphalt absorbs heat making your attic scorching your attic thus making your air conditioner work double time. This can lead to higher electric bills especially during summer. It is the least durable and attractive roofing of all. When it comes to aesthetics however, this can be quite subjective because as they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The kind of asphalt roofing that tends to last is the architectural one.
Metal roofs come in 3 types. Copper, aluminium, and steel the order is arranged from the most expensive to the least. Metal roofs usually outlast its asphalt counterpart. Since metal reflects heat, they don’t absorb too much of it. Metal roofs are more resistant to strong winds than aluminium and are more durable than tile roof against hurricanes. Copper roofing are the costliest but it requires very little maintenance and can reach up to 100 years. Aluminum on the other hand is cheaper than copper and but not as cheap as steel. Like copper is also requires minimum maintenance. Lastly, comes steel roofing. It is the most economical among metal roofing, however, its drawbacks includes rusting after sometime and needs a lot of maintenance.
Tile roofing is the most striking among other types of roofing; it is also very durable that it can even outlast the home. An advantage of it is that it is fire resistant and requires very minimal maintenance. What’s good about it is that it can be fashioned to resemble a wood shaker, panel roofing, or any other designs. Tile roofing also comes in concrete, clay, and slate. Concrete roofing is inexpensive but as durable as tiles. The colored ones can fade after sometime and needs to be repainted. Clay roofing retains its color because while it is manufacture the color is fired into it. Slate roofing the most expensive among tile roofing, is very durable as it normally outlast the house and needs very little maintenance. It also comes in a variety of designs and color.
Before going ahead and invest your money on a new roof or roof replacement, do a little bit of research in terms roof type and roof company. Find out the types and designs of roofing, its cost, pros, cons, even color to get the best deal and quality for you new roof.