One of the least expensive, as well as one of the most popular roofing materials, asphalt is a good choice, but it’s important to be mindful of a few things. Under the asphalt umbrella there are several different types, each with their own quality. Be sure to purchase asphalt shingles with a high hail rating. In addition, if you’re environmentally conscious, asphalt shingles are made with petroleum, which is not an incredibly sustainable material. Asphalt shingles will last between 15 and 30 years.
Wood Shingles and Shakes
As with many roofing materials, there are both positives and negatives to wood shingles. Wood shingles are commonly made with cedar or redwood and they can be sprayed with a fire retardant, but they are not fireproof, they are not as durable as asphalt, and they are prone to cracking. On the other hand, they are a natural insulator, making it easier to heat and cool your home. They are also all-natural. Wood shingles will last between 30 and 50 years.
What you get with metal roofing is durability and a steeper price to go with it. Made with steel, copper, zinc alloy, or aluminum, they are more expensive than wood or asphalt but if you can afford it, you’ll appreciate the benefits. They are impact resistant which is a bonus when facing heavier weather, they are great at insulating your home, and they’re 100 percent recyclable. Metal roofs will last between 30 and 50 years.
Plastic Polymer, Slate, or Solar
These materials are significantly more expensive than the previous three, but they are incredibly durable and long-lasting. Plastic polymer roofs can last around 50 years and slate will last over 100 years! However, as with the previous three materials, maintenance is still a necessary part of preventing problems.
The thing that protects your family and the home you live in, you may not think about your roof very often, but it’s essential that it is taken care of. Each year, make sure that you get in touch with a Livingston, TX roofing company to inspect your roof for any existing problems or potential issues that could occur in the near future.
At Lee Brothers Construction, you can be confident that you’re getting the best roofing installation for the best prices. Give us a call today to learn more and to schedule a free estimate.
Damaged Shingles: Look for shingles with curling corners or edges and look at the surface for missing granules.
Sagging Roof Deck: If you notice a section of the roof that appears to be sagging or warped, the roof needs to be inspected sooner rather than later.
Signs of Moisture: But just inspect the downstairs or upstairs ceilings, go into the attic to inspect the ceiling there and look for water stains, mold, mildew, or pooled water.
The Color: If you notice dark spots, green streaks, or discoloration on the roof, it could be a sign of algae or fungus growing on the surface.
Missing Granules: If the little granules or pebbles that cover the surface of the shingles are missing, it’s a sign that the roof is aging and could need repair or replacement.
Gutters: Granules from the shingles, or even chunks of the shingles themselves could break off and fall into your gutters.
Get in touch with Lee Brothers Construction to learn more about repairing or replacing your roof. Remember that finding a problem early could prevent more serious problems down the road.