Tandem Roofing, LLC — Roofing Tips

Tandem Roofing, LLC - Roofing Tips

Choosing Your Roofing Materials

Cost and durability are often the most important factors when youre selecting a roof, but aesthetics are important, too. Consult carefully with your roofing professional before you choose.

Asphalt Shingles

The vast majority of steep-slope roofs in the United States are made of asphalt shingles, reinforced with either asphalt-treated organic (wood) or fiberglass materials. Asphalt shingles are long-lasting, and inexpensive.

Organic and fiberglass reinforcements dont affect the appearance of the roof, since theyre available in a number of textures and colors, but they do affect how fire resistant it is. Asphalt shingles with fiberglass backings are more fire resistant than organic shingles.

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you use shingles that comply with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. ASTM D 225 is recommended for organic shingles and ASTM D 3462 for fiberglass shingles. Not all asphalt shingles on the market comply with these standards, so be sure to ask.

Clay or Concrete Tile

Tile is popular when durability is important, and its also available in a large number of variety and finishes. Its main drawback is that it is heavy. If youre replacing a non-tile roof with tile, make sure the structure is able to support the additional weight.

Slate

Slate is certainly the most durable of all roofing structures it is considered virtually indestructible. Besides being expensive, it also requires specific skill and training, so choose a roofer who is experienced in the application of slate.

Metal

Metal is most frequently used for low-slope buildings. In recent years, metal panels and shingles have been devised that simulate more traditional roof coverings, and so theyve been seen more often on steep-slope homes as well. Metal is durable, is weather resistant, and can also be fire resistant.

Make it Last

A roof is a major investment, so its smart to do whatevers necessary to make sure it stays in good shape.

Regular Maintenance

Tandem Roofing, LLC - Roofing Tips

Regular inspection and preventive maintenance will keep small problems from becoming big ones. Its smart to hire a roofing professional to check things out on a regular basis, and do all the necessary maintenance.

If you decide to climb up there and check the roof yourself, there are a number of problems to look out for:

  • Standing Water when water is ponding on a roof, it means there is improper drainage, and water can begin to damage structures. The installation of roof drains may be necessary, or the clearing of obstructed roof drains that are already in place.
  • Alligatoring and Blistering When cracks appear in the surface of a built-up roof, cold weather can create channels, and these hold water.
  • Enclosed pockets of air mixed with water vapor can be broken by hail, which can cause leaks. If theyre large enough, they can also affect drainage, and pull seams apart. If either of these appears, call a roof repair professional.

    The free flow of air is a critical factor in a roofs durability. Without it, heat and moisture build up and can shingles to buckle and rafters to rot.

    Never block off your roofs louvers, ridge vents, or soffit vents, even in winter. Attic ventilation prevents structural damage, increases the life of your roofing material, and increases the comfort level of the rooms beneath the attic.


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