Everyone needs a roof over their head. It keeps you safe from nature, both the weather and the creatures that you share your environment with, but do you know what your roofer installed and if it was the best choice? Chances are, you are just glad that it is less than 20 years old and is not leaking or in need of repairs.
Asphalt is the most common material used in roofing because it is also the most affordable. However, if you live in an area that is subject to ever-changing temperatures, asphalt may not be your best choice. Additionally, asphalt works best on slanted roofs. On a positive note, coated asphalt shingles may meet the Energy Star standards for a cool roof and earn you a rebate.
If you need to have some asphalt shingles repaired, there are two ways to do so. The first is to lift the offending shingles and add roofing cement both underneath it and on the top of it. If the corner is curled, use a roofing nail to secure it. Metal flashing underneath can be placed the roof shingles in order to prevent water from getting through to the roof deck.
There are four main styles of asphalt roofs. They can be made to look like weathered wood, bark wood, slate, or charcoal.
On the other end of the spectrum is tile. It is the most well known when it comes to roofing materials. However, it is also the most expensive. Tiles can be molded in several different shapes and are often made in lighter colors in order to keep them cool. In addition to being visually appealing, they have also been known to last up to 80 years.
The most common problems associated with tile shingles are leaks, holes, and cracked or broken tiles. To fix them, you can spread plastic roofing cement around the cracks or holes in order to fill them in. You can also seal or join the cracks. If it is really bad, call a roof repair specialist to pull up the tiles and replace them.
If you are bent on having a tile roof and either your budget cannot handle the cost or the clay is too heavy for your home to support it, you can have tiles made out of metal, concrete, slate, as well as other synthetic compositions.
In the middle of asphalt and tile is wood. Wood shingles are the most environmentally friendly shingles. They are also durable and can last between 30 and 50 years. You can choose between cedar and redwood.
Be aware that wood shingles can catch fire more easily than asphalt and tile. Additionally, they are more prone to termites and mold. Wood shingles can crack, blow off, or become warped. Most of the time, you will need to replace the broken shingles because repair is difficult.
When deciding to replace your roof, it is best to ask your roofing professional what the recommended material is for your home and your wallet.