Friday, May 10, 2013

A Guide To Roofing Materials

In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy, Many Homeowners Need To Replace Or Upgrade Their Roofing. As The Summer Is Almost Here, This Is The Season For Roofing Contractors To Ply Their Trade. Whether You Are Upgrading Because Of This Devastating Hurricane Or Simply Want To Replace Your Roof, This Guide Should Help You Understand  The Difference Between The Various Roofing Materials. In This Chart, "Cost" Refers To The Relative Cost Of Materials Only ; It Does Not Include Labor Costs. Bear In Mind That The Labor Costs For Certain Types Of Roofing Installations - Like Slate, Tile, Wood Shingles And Shakes - Will Be Significantly Higher Than Today's Standard Roofing Materials Like Asphalt Shingles Simply Because Of The Special Skills And Tools Involved To Insure A Proper Installation. "The Minimum Slope" Is The Slope At which A Particular Roofing  Material  Begins To Provide Adequate Protection Against Water, But As The Slope Increases Other factors Such As Appearance And Durability Come Into Play. "Durability" Is The Manufacturer's Determination Of How Long A Roof Will Last With Proper Maintenance And It's Relation To Generally Temperate Climates.

                                             COMPARISON GUIDE

1. Asphalt Shingles
Cost : Inexpensive
Durability : 12 - 25 Years
Minimum Slope : 2 in 12
Advantages : Easy Installation ; Available In A Variety Of Colors ;  Easy To Repair ; Requires Little Maintenance.
Disadvantages : Poor Fire Resistance ; Subject To Algae And Molding In Damp Climates ; Crinkles And Curls From Excessive Sunlight Over Time.

2. Roll Roofing
Cost : Inexpensive
Durability : 10 - 15 Years
Minimum Slope : 1 in 12
Advantages : Easy Installation And Maintenance
Disadvantages : Poor Fire Resistance ; Drab Appearance

3. Wood Shingles/Shakes
Cost : Moderate To Expensive
Durability : 15 - 30 Years (Shingles) 25 - 75 Years (Shakes)
Minimum Slope : 3 in 12 ( Steeper In Humid Climates )
Advantages : Attractive Rustic Appearance ; Natural Insulator
Disadvantages : Highly Flammable Unless Specially Treated ; Shingles Must Be Installed Over Open Planks

4. Slate
Cost : Expensive
Durability : 50 - 100 Years
Minimum Slope : 4 in 12
Advantages : Attractive Traditional Appearance ; Fire Resistant
Disadvantages : Heavy ; Brittle ; Requires Sturdy Roof Support ; Long And Delicate Installation Requires Special Tools ; Needs Regular Replacement  Of Damaged Pieces ; Difficult To Repair

5. Ceramic Tiles
Cost : Expensive
Durability : 50 - 100 Years
Minimum Slope : 4 in 12
Advantages : Attractive Traditional Appearance : Fire Resistant
Disadvantages : Heavy ; Brittle ; Requires Sturdy Roof Support ; Time-Consuming Installation ; Requires Special Tools ; Availability Of Certain Styles Unreliable ; Difficult To Repair

6. Metal Panels
Cost : Moderate
Durability : 25 - 50 Years
Minimum Slope : 2 in 12
Advantages : Easy Installation And Patching ; Can Be Painted ; Fire Resistant
Disadvantages : Subject To Wind Damage, Falling Trees, Extreme Contact

Use This Handy Guide When You Are Deciding To Re-roof, Knowing The Pros And Cons Will Give You the Edge When Selecting  The Type Of Roof You Want To Install. Remember, Your Roof Is One Of The Most Important Components Of The Structural Framework Of Your House, And Having The Right Materials, Proper Installation, And Reputable Contractor Will Ensure The Life Of Your Roof For Many Years To Come !

Asphalt Shingles