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It's Time For a New Start.

So you’ve done it. You’ve taken the first step to replace your well-worn roofing system in lieu of a new, safer, more reliable option.

If you want to skip the formalities, feel free to schedule with us right now. However, we like to be thorough in giving you the resources you need to be an informed client – so here’s some introductory information to get you started!

You've Got Plenty of Options.

Why Are You Replacing Your Roof?

We all know the answer, it needs to be replaced. But why? Replacing a roof as opposed to just repairing it has numerous benefits, and oftentimes, a repair isn’t even an option. With a new roof, you’re also putting more value into your home, should you choose to sell it at some point in the future.

Asphalt - What You Need to Know

3-tab shingles are a very common type of asphalt shingle that are currently no longer in production, typically seen on roofs that are 15-20 years old. It is typically weaker than many other types of modern shingles, and often doesn’t last as long. They’re also the cheapest asphalt roofing material.

The shingles that you’ll see on most homes today are called “architectural shingles” or  “dimensional shingles.” They typically feature trapezoidal-overlapping in a staggered pattern. This is the standard shingle most people today go for– they have a much higher tolerance for weathering and potential damage.

For a striking curb-appeal, many homeowners will look towards the “luxury” lines of shingles, which often feature things like increased lifespan, interesting patterns and unique shapes. They’re also thicker than normal shingles, so they’ll provide increased efficiency when it comes to insulation. Many luxury shingles emulate the look and style of other mediums of shingle, such as slate, cedar, or tile.

Metal Roofing - Pros & Cons

As an alternative to the standard asphalt shingle, metal may be something you’re considering for your project. After all, they’re sharp, stylish, and durable. Metal roofing provides for different needs when it comes to a roof, and is often seen on commercial buildings, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a striking addition to any home.

Slate & Tile - Heavy & Long Lasting

Slate roofing is a premium option that people go for when they want their roof to outlast them. It’s typically made out of natural stone, which is how it can last ages, unchanged by weather, rain, wind, snow, or even hail. This option is not for everyone, however; because your roof has to be able to sustain the weight of the slate tiles. In any 10×10 space on a roof (or 1 square) slate tiles can weigh over 800 pounds, and up to 1600 poounds. So if you’re considering this, you’ll have to make sure that your home is built to hold slate roofing.

Cedar - Quaint & Cozy

Cedar is quite a unique roofing option for anyone looking for that truly rustic “cabin-in-the-woods” feel, but it has more qualities to it than that. Cedar is highly weather resistant, durable, and is a natural insect repellant.

How Long Will My Roof Last?

How long your roof will last is actually dependent on a number of factors. Your location and the climate in your area is a primary determinate of what type of roof you may be looking for. Does your property have any trees that surround the home? Do you get hail often? how much rainfall does your area expect per year?

If you’re getting a standard asphalt shingle roof, then you can expect your roof to last around 20-30 years. That isn’t to say that it won’t need repairs in that time. If you’re getting a metal roof, you can expect it to last longer, around 40 to 70 years depending on weather conditions & wear. Slate– being one of the most costly options; will last easily over 50 years, and some hard slate can occasionally last up to 200 years. Cedar roofing is also surprisingly durable, lasting a minimum of around 30 years. However, a protective treatment is recommended every 2-3 years for cedar roofing, which can extend the life of a cedar roof by multiple decades.

Your Roofing System

This is the part that everyone sees. Whether it’s shingles or a metal top, this part is what does all the work in keeping rain & weather out of your home.

 

This is responsible for keeping creeping moisture out of your home during the winter months, as water freezes and thaws. Ice and water shield typically covers the drip edges of the roof, the valleys, and chimney spaces. Anywhere where ice and water can creep in after settling, Ice & water shield must be installed.

Another moisture-resistant layer of material to help insulate your home from the elements. This is applied over the whole roof to provide general insulation.

The backing to almost every roof– this is the surface that the roof is nailed to.

The inside skeleton of your roof, it’s responsible for the structural integrity of the top of your home.

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