Monday, September 8, 2014

The Benefits Of Shingle Roofing

Shingles are one of the most common materials used in roofing today.  Meeting with a roofing contractor will help to determine is shingling is the best option for your home. The most important piece of the puzzle is that the roofing material you choose is the right style for your roof and roofing desires.  There are a number of options available to fit a variety of budgets and needs.  Shingles tend to be an option that is often more often chosen over other types of roofing materials.

One of the biggest advantages of asphalt shingling is that it tends to be one of the most inexpensive roofing materials to purchase and install.  Roofing contractors can often install a shingle roof at about half the costs involved with the installation of metal roofing.  Manufacturing asphalt shingles is relatively inexpensive when compare it to the cost of other available roofing material options.  Your roof is a large part of your homes curb appeal.  It is important to remember this especially when you’re considering selling your home soon after installing a new roof.  You are more apt to get the money that you put into a new shingle roof out of your homes resale values over that of a metal roof.

Another reason shingle roof tends to be purchased more often than any other material for roofing is the ease of installation.  Roofing contractors charge less to install shingle roofs because the process is simpler.  Shingles are extremely flexible and can be easily manipulated to fit most any homes structure.  Some homeowners with a lot of experience in construction even find that they can install a shingle roof without too many issues.  This is not recommended because even one shingle installed improperly could cause hundreds of dollars in damage to the roof’s structure.

When it comes to maintaining a shingle roof it is fairly simple and most homeowners can achieve a long lasting roof with minor yearly maintenance.  Shingles are lightweight and simple to replace.  For most shingle roofing repairs you will not have to involve a professional roofer.  Algae on shingles are also easy to maintain and prevent.  With the use of copper strips at the peak of your roof you can prevent the growth of algae and moss on your shingle roof.

Shingles add to the curb appeal of your home. Shingles come in several different styles as well as a variety of colors to fit your homes unique look.  Many professional roofers have software that allows them to take a picture of your home and change the look using different colors and styles of shingles before making any purchases.  This allows you the freedom see the change before committing to it which is so nice especially for homeowners looking to do something new with their homes exterior.

To reach your homes full potential when it comes to a new roof the best option is to start by contacting a local roofing contractor.  Most offer a free initial consultation where they can discuss different options in roofing materials as well as associated costs and the time frame for installation.

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs.  You will find them at today.

Decisions To Be Made When Installing A New Roof

When I became a homeowner six years ago I could have never guessed the number of decisions that would need to be made. Every home improvement endeavor we venture to take on turns into fifty different decisions that need to be made before work is even started. The same can be said of exterior improvements on your home as well. Our homes new roof, for instance required a variety of decisions we weren’t even aware would need to be made. Not only are there a variety of shingles, there are choices within each shingle category including styles, colors and warranties. Who would have ever known there was so much to roofing? 

To narrow down the choices you will need to make when looking into a new roof start by determining a reasonable budget as well as a sensible time frame that you desire for the roof to last. If you are looking to live in your home for another thirty years and don’t want to have to deal with replacing the roof every again that will affect the choice you make when picking out a material for your roofing. 

Asphalt Shingles 

The most commonly used material in roofs today is asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive to manufacture therefore is a cheaper material to purchase when installing a new roof. The truth is that it is an easier material to work with when installing a new roof as well so hiring a roofing contractor will be less expensive when installing asphalt shingles. If considering asphalt you will also need to decide if you want to go with three tab shingles, laminated or architectural shingles. Shingles can be found in a variety of colors and often last anywhere from twenty to thirty years if installed and maintained correctly. 

Wood Shingles 

Wood shingles are super nice to use when looking for a natural appearance to your roof. The main disadvantage is that you pay extra for these aesthetically pleasing shingles. Wood is more expensive over the asphalt roofing counterpart. Consider though that wood shingles last anywhere from thirty to fifty years with proper upkeep. The longer lifespan and pleasing natural look may be worth the extra expense.

Metal roofs an option that is growing in popularity. Metal is a perfect material to use when looking to add to the longevity of your flat or extremely steep roofline. Metal roofs are not cheap but last up to fifty years. You can choose from solid metal or constructed metal shingles. Not only is metal roofing a material that is known for longevity it is incredibly durable and is reasonable priced when taking into consideration the length of time it will last you. There are also a variety of colors available in metal shingle roofing.

 Slate and Tile Shingles 

Both slate and tile shingling options are unique. They are not found on the majority of homes. Slate and tile are popular because they are incredibly durable and have a one of a kind appearance. If you are looking for something to allow your home to stand out from other homes in the area consider slate or tile. Your roofing contractor will check to ensure your roof’s structure is stable enough to support the extra weight.

 Your new roof is filled with important decisions that need to be made. It isn’t all about the style and color of the new roof. You will need to look at a variety of options in roofing materials as well as the longevity that you hope your roof installation results in. 

Home Pro Roofing contractors offer a variety of roofing services throughout Brighton, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Fenton and Commerce Township, including installation of shingle roofs, metal roofing and roof repairs. You will find them at today.