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Bay Area Roofing Contractors Discuss Things to Consider When Re-Roofing

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Building your house is one of the most important investments you will ever make. As such, all aspects of the house should be carefully thought out and this includes the roofing. Roofs protect you and your family from the elements in addition to adding aesthetic value.

However, if you did not get it right the first time, or want to implement a change, there are numerous re-roofing options available. Here is a simple and comprehensive guide on factors to consider when choosing a new roofing material and the various materials at your disposal.

Roofing Selection Criteria

You should compare various roofing products and designs by evaluating roofing material using an established set of criteria including;

1. Health and Safety

The roofing material should not produce any toxic chemicals or require hazardous products for installation that may put your family’s health and that of the roofers at risk. The design and material should also reduce the chances of slipping and other accidents during maintenance or roofing repair.

2. Durability

The materials you choose should be able to stand up to the elements over time. Roofs are the most exposed part of houses and therefore have to be tough, long-lasting and resistant to impact.

3. Maintenance

The top roofing materials are those that result in less work and less roofing repair over time. They should be easy to clean and discourage debris accumulation.

4. Cost Efficiency

Roofing costs do not just include the initial purchase price. Certain aspects such as long term savings, ease of maintenance, installation costs as well as conservation must be addressed.

A low purchase price does not always mean that it is a good deal and neither does a very steep price mean a great product. Environmental, health and social costs are not often reflected on the initial price tag.

Types of Roofing Materials

1. Organic or Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material for homes in the United States. They have an average lifespan of around 20 years which is quite short compared to other roofing options. They can be installed over an existing single layer roof.

Ice and water shields can be installed underneath these shingles to prevent water from penetrating and eliminate the need for roof leak repair. DIY installation is moderately difficult for asphalt shingles. The fiberglass shingles are easier to work with during summer months while the organic shingles are easier to install in winter months.

2. Wooden, Slate and Cement Shingles

Wooden, slate and cement roofing tiles and shingles are less commonly used today and were used on many older homes. They are the most durable roofing materials and are designed to last for 50-100 years. They are, however, the most expensive to buy.

If you opt for these materials, the roof and framing of your house must be strong as they are much heavier than asphalt shingles. They can also not be roofed over; you will have to strip them off when you want to install a new roof. They require little maintenance and are hard to install yourself.

3. Metal

Metal roofing materials are thought of as commercial roofing materials and are an attractive alternative for many homeowners. They are lightweight and very durable, typically lasting for over 40 years. Metal panels and shingles are available in copper, aluminum, zinc or stainless steel and may have a class A or B fire rating.

Need Help Choosing the Best Roofing Material for Your Re-Roofing Project?

There are other roofing materials you can choose from including clay tile, modified bitumen, single ply EPDM, B.U.R and roll roofs. It is important to enlist the services of experienced and professional roofing contractors since inadequate installation will reduce the efficiency of your new roof. Contact the team at Century Roof & Solar for help with your Bay Area roofing needs. Give us a call today at (510) 780-9489 or fill out our online contact form here.

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