Roofing Inspection Service
We recommend that homeowners have their roof inspected on a regular basis. It’s like going to the doctor for an annual check-up. You may catch potential problems early and potentially prevent them from becoming more serious.
We realize that making small repairs to your roof is hardly ever convenient but the time and effort you spend now are nothing compared to what you could be dealing with in future if you don’t attend to them. Your roof has been protecting your home, family and other valuables against the harmful effects of direct sunlight, hail, wind, acid rain, ice and snow for many years. Over time, these and other elements may compromise your roof’s ability to provide this protection.
The older your roof, the more vulnerable it becomes. Even if your roof and its shingles appear to look fine, a careful inspection may reveal less obvious damage, so don’t let a superficial appearance lull you into a false sense of security.
Some roofing contractors offer a very basic roof inspection that typically consists of examining the roof’s exterior and visible components such as metal flashings; however, a more thorough inspection can help identify areas of potential concern and alert the homeowner to problems that possibly might lead to further, and more costly, damage.
The roof inspection checklist below is by no means comprehensive but it does cover the basics. You should not try to complete the tasks on this checklist yourself. Your Roofing Service recommends that homeowners and prospective home buyers consult with and engage a professional to perform a proper roof inspection.
Exterior Roof Inspection
- Severely blistered, curled or split shingles
- Loose or missing shingles
- Loose or exposed nails
- Improperly seated nails that “popped”
- Broken or loose shingles at the ridge and hip lines
- Signs of missing caulk used to seal flashing
- Rusty or corroded metal flashing
- Damaged or missing flashing
- Sagging on the ridges
- Broken seals on shingles
- Excessive granule loss on shingles
- Chimney cracks
- Rubber boots at top of pipes (indicating dry rot)
- Damaged gutters and downspouts
- Fascia board that’s damaged or rotted
- Siding above the roof
- Gutters and eaves for proper shingle overhangs
Interior Roof Inspection
- Cracks on roof sheathing
- Measure and calculate proper attic ventilation
- Sagging decking (between rafters)
- Outside light coming through
- Attic intake vents for proper ventilation
- Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans for proper ventilation
- Leaks around vents, chimneys and other holes to the outside
So often we hear statements concerning the anticipated payback related to proper maintenance of consumer goods versus the ultimate cost of replacement. FRAM Oil Filters utilized the saying, “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later,” which attempted to show the differential costs of an oil change versus an engine replacement. While a telling example as it draws comparison between “doing nothing” and “doing something,” it deals in the realm of catastrophe. Regularly maintaining your vehicle clearly pays long-term benefits, while object negligence can result in functioning failure. A building envelope and specifically a roofing system is no different. Take care of it, and it will last longer. Neglect it, and the costs could be catastrophic.
PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE FOR ROOFING
If there is one thing every facility owner can agree upon, it is that they all want to get the most out of their commercial roofing system. The single, most cost-effective way to maximize roof performance and life cycle longevity is to adopt a proactive approach towards preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance minimizes the total and annualized cost of ownership of roofing systems through regularly scheduled inspections and periodic repairs of common problematic components. In addition, the application of protective, reflective coatings can extend performance life when properly planned and incorporated into the overall roof maintenance program.
Remaining diligent in these basic maintenance practices allows for an organized approach to roof asset management, and leads to a responsible, timely preparation of long-term capital expenditures. After all, you would not go years without changing your car’s oil or rotating its tires and not expect your vehicle’s performance to suffer, so why would your roof be any different?
Inspections are recommended at least twice per year—once in the spring and once in the fall. A local roofing professional should be asked to inspect and repair any flashings and penetrations with gaps or tears, as well as cut and seal any blisters or splits where water can infiltrate the roof system. Even something as seemingly simple as routine cleaning of drains and downspouts can prevent small headaches from compounding into exponentially costly problems.
In conjunction with basic repairs, applying a reflective coating is an excellent preventive maintenance measure to combat the toll that the elements take on a roof. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are particularly damaging due to their ability to dry out roofs, which inevitably leads to cracking and splitting. Once this has occurred, it is only a matter of time before moisture penetrates those cracks and leaks appear. Enough of those leaks can cause a structural failure and collapse of the roofing system. Reflective coatings not only protect, but in Southern climates, they can also save facility managers money by keeping the building cool and reducing energy costs. There are a multitude of reflective coating options to consider when determining which is the best value and fit for the climate and specific roof.
Facility managers should consider that spending a little bit today will go a long way in saving a tremendous amount of time and money tomorrow. And the initial cost of a roof is only a portion of the total cost of ownership over its service life. Preventive maintenance for roofs should be considered an investment.
WHAT ARE THE REAL COSTS?
Using RSMeans cost construction estimating data as a benchmark for discussion general costs for regular maintenance can be established. Consider a hypothetical roof for the purposes of comparison. Our hypothetical roof (HR) will be nondescript in nature but will have an installed cost of $10 per square foot (SF). The area of our HR will be 20,000 square feet. So our day one installed cost would be $200,000.
Now let’s consider three maintenance plans over an expected service life of 25 years.
Plan 1: Do Nothing. It is well understood that an unmaintained roof will not last as expected. Our original roof had an expected service life of 20 years. But, as an example, this neglect has cut the roof life in half. So in Year 10 a replacement roof must be installed to keep the building dry. But this roof will likely no longer cost $10/SF considering an inflation rate of approximately 5%; this installation will now run about $16/SF. Not learning the lesson we decide to neglect roof number two, and 10 years later we are faced with another costly replacement; this time the bill would escalate to $27.30/SF.
The simple result is that out of pocket expense for this plan is in excess of $1 million for this 20,000 square roof system.
Plan 2: Do the minimum. Even doing minimum maintenance has a net benefit. This includes annual inspection; making any obvious repairs to flashing or details; and repairing large blisters or any field defects where necessary. Taking the HR, perform minimal annual maintenance (less than 1% per year or approximately $0.13/SF, based on pricing from RS Means). Through annual maintenance and repair the life of the HR can be extended.
Assuming that the roof will now last 15 years prior to a need for replacement we can calculate that the replacement roof in Year 15 will now cost $21.20/SF and with continued minimal maintenance, the owner will still have five years left of this minimally maintained roof at Year 25. The out of pocket is in excess of $740K.
Plan 3: Have a corrective proactive maintenance plan. Through attention and proper repair and maintenance we can see much longer expected performance life. For the purposes of calculations, consider proper maintenance to cost approximately 2% annually ($4,000); let’s take the plan one step further and do a complete restoration in Year 15 at the approximate cost of $8.45/SF ($170K). This keeps the existing roof in-place and extends the life of the roof (and likely the warranty) to Year 25. Spending in excess of $100K on maintenance, and 170K on a full restoration, at Year 25 the out of pocket will be $570K.
Complete restoration would involve replacement and repair of failing flashing; repair of any leaking details; and removal and replacement of small (less than 10%) of damaged roofing and insulation. Then the system would be resurfaced with a high performance waterproofing liquid applied system. This system may or may not require or include reinforcement.
Certainly, maintenance has other benefits including reducing waste, improving the building environment, and avoiding extensive internal damages due to leaks. But one must consider the overall life cycle cost as an important real benefit from maintenance.
The chart at right describes the actual life cycle calculation. This life cycle model uses a Net Present Value (NPV) analysis, to account for all expected expenditures and savings, net of taxes, throughout the analysis period. Each expenditure is adjusted for inflation then discounted back to the NPV by the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) based upon the market segment or industry. The WACC is the required rate of return on investment. The final result of this model allows facility executives to evaluate each option based upon today’s total costs of ownership, a more equal comparison.
It is ultimately the responsibility of the building owner, their roofing partners, and their staff to determine the best overall plan for their facility. But considering the value of the building, the individuals and materials that occupy it, and the potential pay back, annual roofing maintenance and restoration to extend the service life is the best course of action.
Roofing Repair Service
You probably don’t give much thought to your roof on a daily basis—unless, that is, something is wrong with it and you need a roof repair. But your roof is one of the most, if not the most, important structures of your house.
First, a well-maintained roof extends the life of your entire home, preventing water and harsh elements from damaging other structures. If you live in an area prone to heavy rain, snow, or hail, you definitely appreciate the value of a good-quality roof.
A high-quality roof is also a bulwark against high heating and cooling costs. Whether you’re trying to stay within a budget or worrying about excess energy consumption and climate change, your roof is your first line of defense.
That’s why it’s so important to make a habit of checking your roof for signs of damage or potential weakness, and take prompt steps to keep it in good shape. This guide will give you a framework for understanding the different types of roof issues and how to approach a roofing repair.
How to identify the different types of roofing
You need to know what type of roofing you have to recognize the common problems you may eventually face and how to spot them before they become a home-repair crisis. Here’s a list of the most popular types of roofing materials:
This is by far the most popular type of roofing material, because it is both inexpensive and durable. Asphalt shingles are made from either fiberglass or organic materials; the fiberglass variety was developed in the 1980s and is the choice material for most roofers and homeowners today.
It can be difficult to identify modern asphalt shingle roofs because today’s models have been successfully manufactured to mimic more costly roofing materials such as slate, tile, or even wooden shakes. Examine your shingles closely if you’re not sure—asphalt shingles usually measure 12” x 36” and most have three cutouts, or tabs, along the bottom edge to give the look of three separate pieces.
Tile shingles are one of the most durable roofing materials available. That durability comes with a price, however: you’ll pay more for both tile roof installation and tile roof repair. Ceramic tile roofs also get high marks for style; if your home has a Spanish or Mediterranean flair, you likely have a tile roof.
Most roof tiles are curved to promote drainage; some may even be scored. Most homes with tile roofs have “real” tile roofs, where the tile shingles themselves form the home’s actual roof. In some areas, however, “cosmetic” tile roofs are more common, where tiles are installed over a functional, waterproof under-roof.
Slate shingles are made of natural stone and can last up to 100 years or more if properly maintained. They are most often green, gray, red, purple, or black in color. They are exceptionally resistant to damage by both water and cold temperatures, making them ideal for homes in more extreme climates. Slate is typically the most expensive in terms of installation and roof repair costs.
Slate roof tiles are usually thin, flat, and rectangular, although they can also have scalloped or geometric edges. It can be difficult to identify real slate tiles from fake ones, but because slate is natural stone, with a real slate roof, no two tiles will look the same. If you aren’t sure whether your roof is real slate, try the slate identification tool at Slate Roof Central.
Wood or cedar shakes and shingles
This is an environmentally friendly, naturally renewable roofing choice. Wood shingles fall somewhere between asphalt and tile roofing in terms of durability and affordability.
The words “shakes” and “shingles” are not interchangeable; wooden shingles are saw-cut and have uniform edges and smooth surfaces while shakes are often hand-split and have more irregular shapes and surfaces.
Metal roofing has become an increasingly popular roofing choice because it is both durable and affordable, although metal roof repair can be more expensive, since it should almost always be done by a professional. Metal roofing is usually made of copper, aluminum, tin, or zinc, and can be manufactured to resemble other roofing materials such as asphalt, wood, tile, and even slate; because of this, it can be difficult to identify at a glance.
Metal roofs are usually made from either interlocking press-formed panels that are attached to the roof deck, or from vertical seam panels fastened by gasketed screws and movable clips that allow the panels to expand and contract in hot and cold weather.
What are the most common roof problems?
All roofs, no matter the type of roofing material used, can suffer the usual list of problems requiring roof repair, including faulty installation, leaks, damage from the elements, and most common of all, lack of routine maintenance. But each of the roofing types mentioned above has its own unique set of potential problem spots. Keep in mind that if you identify any of the issues listed, it’s always a good idea to get professional advice before you tackle a DIY roofing repair.
Problems with asphalt shingles can be either cosmetic or functional—and in some cases, a bit of both. Here are things to watch for:
- Blistering, or elevated sections on the surface of the asphalt shingles, can be simply part of the normal aging process, although it can also suggest a manufacturing defect. You can spot this defect on visual inspection.
- Curling is usually a symptom of a moisture problem. Occasionally you can do simple localized shingle repair by gluing down the affected shingle, but if the moisture problem is systemic, you may need to replace the entire roof.
- Raised shingles may be caused by improper installation, making them unable to withstand strong wind. If you’re wondering how to fix lifted shingles, your best bet is to contact a licensed contractor. Improperly installed shingles may void your manufacturer’s warranty.
- Surface cracking that stops short of tearing is usually just a sign of aging, although strong winds or weather-related shifting can also cause minor cracks.
- Tearing is usually related to high temperatures which cause the shingles to split completely. This can affect the integrity of your roof, so it’s a good idea to contact a professional if you noticed torn or split shingles.
- Granule loss is usually a sign that your asphalt roof has reached the end of its functional lifespan. However, if this happens to shingles that are less than 20 to 30 years old, it is premature, and you should definitely get a qualified roofing professional in to diagnose the cause of the problem.
Roof tiling repairs, as with slate roof repairs, are made more difficult because it is nearly impossible to walk on these types of roofs without damaging intact tiles. In most cases, you or the roofing contractor will need to remove tiles to create a path to the problem area before beginning a repair. Here’s what to look for with tile roofs:
- Cracked or slipped tiles expose the underlayer to UV damage and deterioration, which can begin in just 90 days if the problem isn’t fixed right away. A damaged underlayer may allow moisture to seep into your home.
- Whitish staining usually occurs as a result of water absorption and may indicate that the tile is nearing the end of its functional life span. Greenish staining is more common in humid climates and may indicate algae formation.
- Damage to the soffit and roof edge is caused by water buildup behind the mortar on the first row of tile. This is typically due to an installation error and may require replacement of the affected areas.
- Spalling generally occurs when water is trapped underneath the surface and isn’t able to evaporate, causing pressure to build within the tile. This happens most frequently with tiles that have been coated with crystallizer.
Slate roofs are relatively uncommon and there are not many professional roofers experienced in working with slate. As a result, many of the problems with slate roofs tend to be the result of installation errors, shoddy repair work on an older, existing slate roof, or lack of maintenance—you need to be vigilant about inspecting for leaks. Keep in mind, however, that you should avoid walking around on your slate roof, because it breaks and cracks easily.
- Cracking is a common problem usually due to fracturing within the stone itself, a natural phenomenon.
- Crumbling happens when slate reaches the end of its lifespan; with softer slates, this can happen as early as 60 years or so, but most often closer to 100.
- Flashing failure is common in all roofing types, but due to slate’s extreme durability, you’ll likely have problems with the flashing before you have problems with the slates themselves.
Slate roofs are designed to be easily taken apart and put back together, so that if you have localized problems with flashing or cracked and broken tiles, it’s easy for an experienced slate contractor to simply remove and/or replace the affected sections without replacing the entire roof.
Wood shakes and shingles
Wood is an organic roofing material that requires regular maintenance and removal of tree litter and other debris to keep it in good shape. Here are common pitfalls of wood roofs:
- Rot can occur even with treated shakes and shingles. When shakes dry out after years in the sun, they soak up water like a sponge when it rains, eventually leading to rot. This occurs most often on south-facing parts of the roof.
- Moss and mildew can grow around and between your wooden shingles, which causes them to lift, exposing your roof deck to the elements.
- Cupping and curling occur when the sun dries out the wooden shingles; this will eventually cause leaks.
Metal roofs have fewer maintenance issues than other types of roofs, but they are prone to a few unique problems:
- Denting can occur as a result of hail, an errant golf ball, or other flying object. This is usually a cosmetic issue, not a functional one.
- Expansion and contraction occurs as the temperatures rise and fall. Usually, metal roofs are installed to allow for this movement, but in some cases, excessive expansion and contraction will lift sections of the roof, requiring repair or replacement.
- Punctures and tears often happen if there is foot traffic on your roof, typically during routine roof maintenance. Small tears can occasionally be sealed with caulk, but because metal roofs have more natural movement (contraction and expansion) than other roofing materials, these repairs don’t last long and you may need to replace the affected section.
- If your roof isn’t properly sealed, it could develop rust and corrosion from rain and snow.
- Blow-offs can happen if the flashing is poorly attached or the fastener gaskets have worn out. You should replace the fastener gaskets at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals during your routine roof maintenance.
Unfortunately, many roofing problems aren’t noticed until a leak occurs and there is water damage to the home. Regular roof maintenance, whether DIY or left to a professional, is essential to keep small problems from becoming a major repair issue.
What is involved in routine roof maintenance?
Most roofing professionals recommend routine maintenance twice a year, usually in the spring and fall. Regardless of the type of roof you have, you should include these tasks in your routine roof maintenance:
- Clean the gutters and remove all debris from the roof itself. Depending on the type of roof you have, you can sweep it, hose it down, or use a blower to remove the debris.
- Trim any branches that are hanging over your roof.
- Inspect your shingles for signs of cupping, cracking, curling, or other signs of wear, and replace missing shingles. You may need to hire a professional to replace them depending on the type of roof you have.
- Check for signs of algae, mold, and mildew. If the problem is minor, treat the affected areas with a solution of bleach and water.
- Examine the flashing for signs of loosening or damage.
- Look for cracks in the mortar joints around the chimney if you have one.
It’s always a good idea to consult a professional to learn any specific maintenance tips for your particular roof type. He may also recommend sealants or other treatments to extend the life of your roof.
Remember, foot traffic can easily damage metal, tile, and slate roofs, so get help from a roofing pro to learn the proper way to do routine maintenance and inspections so you don’t inadvertently ruin your roof.
When to DIY and when to hire a professional
Before you jump into DIY roof repairs, a word of caution is in order. Walking around on a roof is inherently dangerous; there is the obvious risk of falling, as well as the hidden danger of damaging your roof simply by walking around on it. It’s difficult to keep your balance on a pitched roof even in calm weather, but if a gust of wind comes along, you could easily find yourself on the ground.
What roof repairs are covered by homeowner’s insurance?
Most homeowner’s policies pay for repairs caused by events such as wind, hail, ice, snow, and fire. It usually also pays for leaks caused by falling objects, such as a tree branch, as long as you weren’t negligent. Your insurance company could refuse to pay for damages caused by a falling tree if you knew the tree was dead or rotted and you failed to have it removed before it could damage your home.
Insurance may or may not cover unattached garage, shed, or patio roof repair depending on whether you have “other structures” protection in your policy.
In general, homeowner’s insurance does not cover roofing repair related to normal wear and tear.
If you’re looking for roof repair insurance, you may be able to get help paying for leaks and other roof issues with a home warranty policy. The age and condition of your roof at the time you apply will affect the type of coverage you can get.
What are my roof repair financing options?
It’s difficult to come up with a “typical” roofing repair estimate given all the variables involved—roofing material, type of damage, extent of the repair. That said, the “average” cost for roof repairs is about $770, with the high end exceeding $4,000.
If the damage is extensive and you are looking at replacing your roof, your costs range from $5,000 to $10,000 on average, with costs of up to $30,000 for the most expensive roofing projects.
As with all home improvement and repair projects, it’s always best to pay cash when you can, but with roof issues, you can rarely afford the time it takes to save thousands of dollars. In many cases, roof financing is your best option.
Commercial Roofing Service
If you’re a commercial or industrial building owner in need of a new roof or looking to put up a new structure, it can seem overwhelming as you debate between the many different types of commercial roofing materials out there in the marketplace. How can you know which one is the best choice for your specific building project?
Some of the most common types of commercial roofing materials include:
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer)
TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
SPF (spray polyurethane foam)
Keep reading as we explore the pros and cons of these various roofing materials to help pinpoint the right option for you!
epdm roof Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofing is commonly known as rubber roofing.
PROS: One of the biggest advantages of an EPDM roof is its price, as it is one of the most inexpensive roofing materials available. It is also comparatively easy to install and is very lightweight, so the roof deck doesn’t need to be reinforced. A high-quality EPDM roof can have a life expectancy of up to 20 years.
EPDM roofs are relatively durable and do not scuff or scratch easily. Further, though EPDM roofing material is black and, therefore, absorbs the heat, it is not easily damaged by UV rays.
tpo roof A thermoplastic polyolefin roof(TPO) has become a very popular option, especially among commercial building owners.
PROS: Like EPDM roofing, TPO is one of the more inexpensive types of roofing material and is actually less expensive than EPDM in most cases. Because TPO is white, it helps reflect the sun, thus reducing heat buildup inside your structure.
Like EPDM, TPO is light weight and can also be installed in different ways; it can be directly fastened to the roof deck or fully adhered with adhesives to the roof deck. It is also resistant to corrosion and breakdown, isn’t prone to algae growth or mildew, and it doesn’t need to be pressure washed.
Another huge benefit is having heat-welded seams vs. the use of adhesives. When using TPO, the plastics in the membrane are literally melted together, creating a far more dependable bond between seams. With seams being mostly responsible for roof leaks, this is huge!
pvc roof PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, roofing is composed of two layers of PVC roof material with polyester acting as a reinforcement between the layers. The layers also include additives that make the material UV-stable and flexible, while also preventing curing. Like EPDM and TPO, it is lightweight.
PROS: On a flat or low-slope roof, PVC roofing’s lifespan is comparatively long, and it is also known for its durability. PVC is additionally resistant to moisture, fire, wind and chemicals, and the heat welding installation process used with PVC roofs creates a permanent bond between each roofing sheet and keeps the seams securely together.
spf roof A spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roof is made from a form of plastic that transforms from a liquid into a solid in a matter of just seconds, while also expanding about 30 times as it dries.
PROS: SPF roofing is a sustainable choice that can pay for itself in terms of energy savings. A good multi-layer SPF system (such as spray foam covered with layers of premium acrylic roof coating) has outstanding tensile strength and durability, with a reflective top coat that helps building owners save on energy costs. With proper maintenance and regular roof coatings, an SPF roof can last 40 years or more. The expansion properties of an SPF roof enable the product to effectively seal off gaps and crannies, making the entire roof watertight and airtight.
Unlike the other options, SPF provides insulation to save both heat and A/C, enhances building structural support while being lightweight, self-curbs around protrusions, and can be used to correct ponding water or more effectively channel water to drains by simply spraying more spray foam in areas that need built up.
Asphalt Rolled Roofing
asphalt roof Asphalt rolled roofing is commonly used on buildings with low-slope roofs. It is composed of the same materials that are used to make asphalt shingles.
PROS: Asphalt rolled roofing is one of the more inexpensive roofing types, and it is also a relatively easy type of roof to install.
Acrylic Roof Coatings
acrylic roof coatings Acrylic coatings can be applied to a variety of roof types and are the preferred alternative to replacement approximately 80% of the time. A good system will require a primer, base coat, fabric (either full roof or only on seams), more base coat on top of the fabric to embed it, and then a final top coat. The end result is a seamless, fully adhered membrane that is robust enough to withstand heavy hail and could easily last as long as TPO and PVC with proper maintenance.
Although it isn’t mainstream yet, these coating systems can actually be installed directly to ply-wood in new construction. The fully adhered, water-tight, seamless, and renewable characteristics of a good roof coating cannot be matched by anything else on the market. In fact, one of our original members installed this system on his own newly constructed office.
PROS: Acrylic roof coatings are UV resistant, very reflective and easy to work with. They also provide building owners with a prime balance between performance and cost. Repair couldn’t be any easier as caulk is usually all that is needed. Importantly, towards the end of life, simply putting another layer of “top coat” to the roof could add as many as two decades of new life.
Choosing the right type of roof for a new house or retrofitting, can be more difficult than most people could imagine. There are so many choices. Which one is right for you. Residential roofs can be made of asphalt, ceramic tile, slate, wood, and metal. Asphalt shingle is the most common and generally least expensive roofing material.
Here are the most common types of roofing:
“The most common residential roofing material used in the United States, asphalt shingles are popular because they are economical and easy to install,” states HGTV.
These shingles are the most popular with roofers and homeowners, as they are durable and relatively inexpensive. Other benefits include the wide variety of colors and styles, ease of installation and suitability for a wide range of temperatures. Asphalt shingles also provide reliable waterproofing.
Asphalt shingle roofs last 15 to 20 years with the intense sunlight and temperature extremes. Dark asphalt shingles are prone to fading and tend to exhibit inconsistencies in color. Algae can cause black marks on a roof or you can look for an algae-resistant shingle which contains copper granules that can help prevent new growth.
Ceramic roofing tiles
If you are looking for a lot of character in your home, ceramic roof tiles might be the way to go and they are generally durable. Tiles are resistant to fading and are fireproof. Quality tiles should last 50 to 70 years.
In the US, tile roofs are most commonly seen on homes that borrow elements from Spanish architecture. The tiles hang in parallel rows, overlapping to keep out rainwater. Disadvantages to ceramic roofing tiles include their unsuitability for climates with fluctuating weather. Ceramic tiles are prone to erosion under these conditions. While the tiles are durable, they are also fragile. High winds can damage them, as will walking on the tiles.
Slate roof shingles
If you are looking for a sophisticated roofing material for an upscale home, slate may be the answer. The advantages are the natural appearance, fire resistance, invulnerability to rot, ease of maintenance and an expected life of 100 years. Slate is available in a variety of colors and styles.
Slate tiles come with a disadvantage due to their weight and cost, and the high degree of expertise needed for installation. Slate tiles are easily broken underfoot, complicating gutter cleaning and rooftop maintenance.
Wood shakes and cedar shingles
“Cedar shake roofs has many benefits. They’re reliable in any climate, but they’re ideal for hot and sunny areas because they resist UV damage. They can withstand harsh weather conditions, so they’re great for people who live in areas that experience strong thunderstorms or hurricanes. Several manufacturers of cedar shingles apply a fire-resistant coating for extra safety”
Wood shake shingles are a green-friendly roofing choice. This is especially true if they are constructed from recycled wood or harvested in an environmentally sound way. Wood shakes have been listed as a preferred environmental choice because these materials produce minimal impact on the quality of water runoff and are stable with a useful life of around 30 years or more, making them a solid investment in environmental responsibility for many homeowners.
If you are looking to cut down your energy expenses, a cedar roof is a great choice. Cedar is a natural insulator and can reduce your heating and cooling costs. Cedar roofs are difficult to install, so make sure to hire a roofing company with related experience. A cedar roof is more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof, but its durability and energy efficiency make it worth the cost.
Metal roofs are becoming increasingly viable, as metal shingles are low maintenance, lightweight and more environmentally friendly. However, installation can be tricky and requires a contractor with experience installing a metal roof.
As a metal roof starts to lose its shine, repainting is an option as long as the roof’s structural integrity is in good shape. It usually costs less to repaint a metal roof than to replace it.
Your Roofing Service is a family owned and operated roofing company. We are dedicated to providing top quality workmanship and materials to ensure that your new roof is done right. We specialize in shingle, tile, and flat roof installation, repairs, and maintenance.