When it comes to your roof, it is important to take good care of it. After all, your roof is your best defense against the outside elements, and it protects you from wind, rain, and snow. Your roof is crucial to the structural integrity of your house, but it is not uncommon for roofing materials to become damaged over time or after a severe weather event. When your roof becomes damaged and needs repair or even replacement, it is in your best interests to hire a roofing company. Roofing can be dangerous work, but a roofing company will do the job as safely as possible. A roofing company can also advise you on different materials to use for your roof and which ones will be best suited for your home. All in all, the involvement of a roofing company is highly important for the structural integrity and overall quality of your roof and therefore your home.
There are a number of reasons that a roof could become damaged. Severe weather, particularly during the winter months, is one such cause. Ice and snow in particularly have a damaging effect on roofing, as they can quickly become too heavy for the roof to bear. It is not uncommon for ice to break gutters and even damage the roof itself and wet snow (as opposed to dry and fluffy snow) is likewise heavy enough to inflict damage. In the event of a particularly damaging event, a roofing company may advise that you replace the roof altogether and will offer you a number of options in roofing materials.
One of the most popular roofing materials is asphalt. Asphalt shingles have been used on roofs for decades and are in part so popular because of their moderate, far from expensive cost. In fact, up to eighty percent of homes in the United State alone have asphalt shingle roofing. Asphalt shingles come in two varieties, either made from organic material or made from fiberglass and can last for as long as fifteen years if installed and maintained frequently and properly.
Metal roofing is another option for homeowners looking to tear off their old roof and replace it and it is an option that is quickly gaining in popularity. Metal roofing is in part so popular because it is highly durable, often lasting for as long as fifty years – a whole half of a century. Metal roofing is energy efficient as well, and can save homeowners up to twenty five percent of HVAC services and energy costs. Because it is so energy efficient, it is also considered to be very environmentally friendly. Metal roofs are typically made of at least twenty five percent recycled materials, adding to the positive environmental impact.
No matter what type of materials you choose for your new roof, it is important to provide regular maintenance for you roof. It should be inspected by a roofing company at least once a year, if not more frequently, to ensure that no significant damage (or really, any damage at all) has occurred since their last inspection.