There is a wide range of roofing materials that you can choose and the most popular among them are shingle roofing and metal roofing. If you have a look at the properties around, you will see that most residential homes have asphalt shingles roofing. This is because of a lot of advantages provided by the material.
Shingles are also the most economical hence most homeowners find it an affordable option for roofing. They are also easiest to install and professional roofers may be able to install shingle roofing for the entire roof in a day. Shingles also come in a wide range of styles and have a good record of performance. Manufacturers also provide warranty on shingles for 20 -30 years.
Metals roofs have even longer life span than asphalt shingle roofing. A metal roofs warranty will last for 50 years. Metals roofs are the lightest with very good performance in extreme weather. It is fireproof and offers good resistance to the wind. Some homeowners’ insurance companies may also give you a discount for weather resistant roof. Metal roofs are environmentally friendly because of their recyclability, recycled content and because of its status as a strong roofing material.
Metal roofs can be easily installed and are maintenance free. Trees close to your roof should be trimmed so that dry leaves do not accumulate on the roof. Also, prevent dry branches from smashing into the roof and damaging it during storms.
What should you do to enhance the lifetime of your shingles roof?
Your shingles roof is the first layer of defense against the elements so it will suffer from a lot of wear and tear. To increase its lifespan you should have yearly maintenance inspection. Strong winds and storm can loosen the shingles and let them fall. A missing shingle can leave your roof exposed and put you to expensive damage.
To prevent this happening have annual maintenance inspection before rains so no water can enter and damage your roof. If you are afraid of climbing on the roof you can call a roofing contractor.
How to maintain proper ventilation for the roof?
For your roof to last it should be able to breathe. If your roof does not get enough ventilation, heat, and moisture can give rise to rotting on the sheaths and rafters. This will give rise to buckling of the roofing material and unsuccessful insulation. For your roof to get proper ventilation, installation should be properly done. There must be a gap-free layer with insulation on the attic floor.
Besides beneath the insulation of the ceiling, there should be a vapor retarder. There should also be vents and open spaces through which air can easily pass. There should be an inch of space separating the insulation and roof sheathing.
When you send the roofer up for maintenance inspection ask him to check if your roof is getting enough ventilation to last a long time.