The roof of a home is the most neglected part of any home, but that’s okay – it’s just the roof. It’s not like you or anybody else climbs up there periodically and walks around. It should be fine… right? Well, not really. The outdoor elements, including the heat from the sun, high winds, heavy rain and snow can cause normal wear and tear on a roof. Depending on the type of shingle you have, who did the installation, and even if it was installed correctly has a huge effect on how long your roof has before you are going to have to replace it with a new one. Have a look at Roofing Chantilly, VA.
Depending on where your home is located, different areas affect different roofs differently. For example, a home’s roof in dry warm climate will endure much more heat than a home’s roof in extreme cold climates.
Types of Shingles
The asphalt shingle is the most popular shingle, and is probably the highest recommended, preferred roof shingle of all. When installed correctly, the heat from the sun causes the asphalt to soften and it “somewhat” seals and secures itself. Although it does have a short life span of no more than 30 years, it is rather inexpensive. Plus, if you purchase and install correctly the coated asphalt shingles, and it meets the requirements, you may meet the standards and be eligible for a rebate.’
Wood shingles, although are considered to be the most favorite, they are a bit more expensive. The reason most people choose these roofs is because of its natural beauty and design. Depending on the type of wood you decide to go with, you can expect a roof to last at least 30 years, sometimes even as long as 50 years in some cases. Cedar and Red Wood are the two most common wood shingles that are installed today and come highly recommended.
Metal roofs are on its way to popularity. Once considered to be too “mechanical looking” for the average home and was mostly preferred to go on industrial buildings. Now today, metal roofs are finding its way in residential neighborhoods. They are very popular in the west, it has now started to creep its way east. Metal roofs are inexpensive, can last up to 50 years and very durable and long lasting. These metal roofs are great for flat roofs or roofs that have an extreme pitch to them.
Slate shingles are popular on homes that are usually near quarries from which they are made from. Popular among farm houses, it is not so uncommon to see a 50+ year, leak free roof on an old barn. They can be expensive and are guaranteed to last for 50 years, but to repair can also be quite costly.
Tile shingles, the most unique looking of all roofing shingles, is probably the most expensive of all roofs. Not only are the materials expensive, but the installation as well. Contractors that offer a roofing service like to warn home owners that some homes simply cannot support the weight of a tile roof.