All Roofing Materials — Flat, Slope, Slate, Concrete, Asphal

All Roofing Materials - Flat, Slope, Slate, Concrete, Asphal

Your home impacts how you feel each and every day. It is normal to spend a lot of time at home, so it should be comfortable. Your home should be an oasis from the outside world and a place where you can reflect and relax in preparation for whatever life has to give you. Use the advice in this article to make your house into a warm and comforting home.

Your home should be comfortable. While perfection is a pretty lofty goal, you should correct basic flaws and nagging problems in your home that bother you from day to day. Your first instinct may be to think that comfort is not a huge issue in your home, but take a moment to think about how comfort and relaxation affects your daily life. It should be attended rather than dismissed. A good example of increasing your comfort level at home is to make sure your furniture is suited to your needs. If you find yourself straining to reach that high shelf, lower it! At least purchase a step stool or small ladder to keep nearby. If a low table is a constant source of shin bruises, try replacing it with a smaller one without sharp corners. Little things like this can make you feel happier in your home.

Upgrade Your Space

In every home, there is a finite amount of space available, and organizing can only accomplish so much. If this is the case, you may want to add onto your home. You can create even the smallest of extensions to make your space feel more open.

By adding water features, such as pools and hot tubs, you can increase the fun in your home and create a great selling feature. Smaller and less expensive things like a basketball hoop or exercise equipment can also be a fun addition. The addition of these recreation areas has a twofold effect. Firstly, your time at home will be enhanced by the relaxation these areas provide. Secondly, your property value will increase due to these extensions.

Lighting is an important component to your overall experience of any room. When using an area of your home as an office or workspace, it is best to illuminate the entire room to reduce the possibility of eyestrain. You can change the feel of rooms in your home by selecting different styles of lamps and varying the brightness of the light bulbs. As a bonus, changing bulbs is simple and safe enough for you to do on your own.

Spend some time in the garden making it more organic. If you turn part of your yard into a garden, it can give you an incentive to stay at home. If you dont have much of a green thumb, hire a professional so that you can still gain the benefits of a garden. Improved mood and better air quality are just a few of the benefits of growing a garden. Selecting the appropriate plants for your garden that will grow best in your area will ensure that you have your own beautiful flowers and vegetable to enjoy.

A good place to make changes is to the outside of your home. Your homes exterior will look like new with some fresh paint, updated windows or a new roof. Change the outside to feel proud of your home.

Home improvements not only raise the value of your home, but they also raise the value of the time you spend in it. Having a home you love makes time spent there so much more enjoyable.

Roofing materials come in many types suited to fit a wide range of budgets. With that in mind you can imagine there are also varying qualities, especially in the shingle section. We are listing every roof material type on the market in this post with references to more. Our recommended roofing installer for BC, Reliable Roof Repair. See below for contact details

Metal Roofing

This has numerous qualities with durability on top.

Today, metal roofs are made from galvanized aluminum, steel or copper. They should last an average of 50 years or more—at least 2 to 3 times longer than a regular asphalt shingle roof.

  • Weight Aluminum metal roofing is lighter than anything else and steel roofing is still lighter than asphalt
  • Price Expect to pay anywhere from $100 per square (a 10-by-ten foot area) to $600 per square for a metal roof
  • Fire Resistance A metal roof won’t catch fire. It’s non-combustible and Class A fire rated
  • Environmental Friendliness Most metal is almost 100% recyclable—which makes it very environmentally friendly

Asphalt Shingles

All Roofing Materials - Flat, Slope, Slate, Concrete, Asphal

Most North American homes are roofed in tar composition shingles. In Canada—organic shingles are more flexible in cold weather and fiberglass holds up better in heat.

  • Durability Asphalt shingles will need to be replaced every 10-20 years. They can last longer under ideal conditions, but that is rare indeed
  • Weight Asphalt shingles can weigh close to 200 lbs per square. They are heavy, so only one layer is ever recommended
  • Price It’s the most cost-effective option, with materials running about $50 to $150 per square
  • Fire Resistance Asphalt shingles can carry Class A, B or C fire rating so check with the manufacturer
  • Environmental Friendliness Looking at the three ‘Rs’ reduce, reuse, recycle, asphalt is probably your worst option

Wood Shingles

When it comes to wood roofs, we’re almost always talking about cedar.

  • Durability Cedar’s rot-resistant, insect resistant, and holds up well under high winds and hail
  • Weight A cedar roof is relatively lightweight, but it gets heavier when wet so make sure you remove your previous roof before adding cedar shakes
  • Price For a wide ballpark figure, expect to pay anywhere from $150 all the way up to $1200 per square
  • Fire Resistance Some insurance companies won’t insure homes with cedar roofs or they’ll charge extra, so check with your broker ahead of time
  • Environmental Friendliness Cedar is definitely more eco-friendly than asphalt

Slate Roofs

Like metal roofs, slate can really stand the test of time. It can last for hundreds of years and in many cases it just gets better looking.

  • Durability If it’s done right and it’s maintained by a professional slate will last hundreds of years!
  • Weight Slate can add between 800-1500 lbs per square, depending on the thickness
  • Price Slate is the most expensive roofing option. Expect to pay roughly $600 $1000 or more per square
  • Fire Resistance Slate, like metal, gets a Class A fire rating. It’s non-combustible
  • Environmental Friendliness Slate is up there in terms of its environmental friendliness, mostly because of its long lifespan

Concrete Tile Roofs

Recently, concrete tiles have become the tile of choice because they offer great performance and looks at half the price of slate.

  • Durability Both clay and concrete tiles are durable and—if installed properly—will last for decades
  • Weight A clay or concrete roof can weigh between 800lbs to 1300 lbs per square
  • Price Concrete can give you the look of a clay tiled roof without the cost (about $250 $300 per square versus clay at $300 $600 per square)
  • Fire Resistance Concrete and clay roofs are non-combustible and have a Class A fire rating
  • Environmental Friendliness Concrete tiles are a great option if you want to go green. They have ideal thermal and radiant properties and experience less temperature fluctuations

Flat Roofs

If you have a flat roof or low slope roof you need a specific flat roof system.

  • Tar and Gravel A layer of roofing felt is laid down, then tar, then gravel laid onto that to hold the roofing material in place in high winds
  • Membrane Systems New technology for flat roofs uses synthetic waterproof membranes that are glued down to the roof sheathing

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For Vancouver residents interested in any one of these options we recommend Reliable Roof Repair A division of At Your Home Services .


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