Shingles: Choosing Your New Roof

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A roof isn't just about keeping your property and family safe from the various elements; a roof also creates a visual appeal that many home components are unable to do. Regardless of whether you are selecting a roof for a brand-new home or a new roof for your existing home, there are several things that must be taken into consideration, including materials, cost, and installation requirements. This article will focus on materials.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material and are found on the majority of the homes in the U.S. These shingles are available in an assortment of colors and are the least expensive. However, asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan compared to other roofing shingles.

Tile Shingles

Tile shingles, such as concrete and clay shingles, are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and non-combustible. However, due to the fact that they are heavy, these types of tile shingles are expensive and demand reinforced framing for support. Tile shingles can last up to 100 years, maybe more.

Metal Roof Shingles

Metal roofs are available in either panels or shingles made of stainless steel, aluminum, zinc, or copper. While metal roof shingles are relatively affordable, these shingles are durable and lightweight.

Wood Shingles

For some time, wood shingles were the go-to choice for most homeowners and roofing professionals. Due to the fact that they're aesthetically pleasing and rustic in appearance, these shingles are more expensive than many of their counterparts, such as asphalt shingles. While these shingles do require some maintenance and upkeep, wood shingles are relatively durable and can last for up to 40 years.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are yet another visually appealing option for roofs. These shingles are particularly popular in the Northeast U.S. They are available in an assortment of shades, including gray, green, black, purple, and red. Slate shingles are costly and heavy, which means that they require additional framing support just like tile shingles.  

Regardless of the type of roofing shingle that you decide to go with for your new or replacement roof, it is important that you weight all of the factors, including the upkeep required, the potential lifespan of the roof, whether your existing framing can support the shingles, whether the shingles will complement the home's style, and the cost of the entire roofing project. If you would like to learn more about the types of shingles or to schedule an estimate for a roofing project, get in touch with roofing companies like Vacinek Plumbing Heating & Roofing.

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2 September 2019

A Shed for Dad

I grew up on a small cattle ranch in the southern United States. My dad has been a cowboy all of my life. He spends most of his time outdoors. For years, he didn’t have anywhere to store his equipment such as hay string, troughs, and other items. One spring, my family members decided to give dad something special, a outdoor shed of his own. Now, he has a place to neatly store all of his ranch related articles. If you’re searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift this year, consider surprising your dad with an outdoor shed. On this blog, you will discover how to work with a general contractor to build your father the shed of his dreams.