Roofing Contractors and Best Practices

Oct 23

In any building, the roof plays a critical role in protecting what is inside from the exterior elements. Since sun, rain, snow, foot traffic, and animals all work around the clock to degrade and shorten the life of a roof, a good roof is one that is durable. In addition to wear-and-tear, building expansion and contraction can also damage a roof. Being proactive about maintenance is the best way to extend the life of a roof. And fixing problems early on can mean saving a great deal of effort and expense in the long run. However, even with proper maintenance and attention, the life of a roof is still bound to end sooner or later.

Learning your needs and the options available to you is the first step in replacing your roof. For instance, if you are replacing the roof on your house, then you will most likely find shingle roofing to be your best option. Shingle roofing is easily customized to fit specific needs and wants of a given homeowner, and is easy to maintain once installed. It’s no wonder why four out of five houses are roofed using shingles.

While shingles are popular for sloped roofs, replacing a flat roof involves a different array of possible materials. If being eco-friendly is important to you, a roof garden is worth considering. Garden roofs not only save energy, but also manage stormwater runoff, and contribute to lowering the urban heat island effect. Garden roofing might also qualify a homeowner for certain tax incentives. However, green roofs and garden roofs can be a problem if the roof in question is used frequently by contractors or other maintenance related purposes.

All in all, it’s important to take all considerations into account before replacing or repairing your roof. Thoroughly researching your options their corresponding costs and benefits is the best way to make sure you end up with the right roof for your needs.

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