Monday, November 26, 2012

What Kind of Roofing Do I Put on My Roof?

Cold weather, rain and snow is on the way. Therefore it may be time to think about a new roof. Choosing the material and the installer wisely may be as frustrating as choosing a new fishing pole or golf club.

This may help:

Three tab shingles are the least expensive but look sort of plain. Architectural shingles are heavier, have a long warranty and look much better. We used to call them “fake shakes”. Metal resists staining, lasts a long time and has a nice long 50 year, warranty. 29 gauge is thinner than 26 gauge...go figure... but it's true.

We only use 26 gauge with 30 pound felt under. The difference between 15 pound and 30 pound felt isn’t much in actual cost but 30 pound takes more abuse and holds tight when men walk on it while installing the roofing.

Which one is best for your home?

If your roof has a low pitch metal may be your best choice, while with a high pitched roof either metal or shingles are ok. Metal comes in many colors that reflect the sun and can reduce the attic temperature a measurable degree.

On the other hand, if the roof is “cut up” and has lots of valleys and ridges, you may want to go with shingles. On such roofs metal looks more cut up and busy than asphalt shingles. Also, if you have trees hanging over your home you may want to avoid metal. It is a little harder, costly and slower to get metal repaired if a limb or tree falls on it.

On some roofs, metal roofing and architectural shingles and metal roofs may cost about the same once the job is done. Therefore, if you want the reflectivity of metal with the ease of repair that comes with an architectural shingle, you may want to look for a reflective architectural shingle rather than metal.
Applying shingles
If this is a project you are taking on as a Do-It-Yourselfer, take a few minutes before applying the new shingles to examine the decking on your roof. If it feels weak, bouncy or mushy it likely needs to be replaced before a new roof is put on.
Also, make sure you have called your insurance company before beginning a roofing project. Many times insurance will cover the cost of a new roof, so even if you are in doubt give them a call just to make sure.
If you are looking for a contractor to help with your roof project, ask some questions before giving them the job to make sure they:
1. Take off existing shingles if need be, dispose of them for you, and check out your decking before applying 30 pound felt and the shingles they have helped you choose for your home.

2. Prime the facia board and cover it entirely with metal facia to make it last as long as the metal roofing. This should always be done but many times isn't.

3. Have the skills repair any eve damage or rebuild your roof if need be.

4. Will be there ASAP if a leak in your roof appears. Companies like Mid South who have been around 30 or 40 years and are not going anywhere will be the best bet for quality guarantees like this.
For more information about Mid South Builders a free estimate or for advice about roofing, call us at 479-601-2002 or visit our Website.
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Call Mid South for all your roofing needs, including: METAL, SHAKES, ALL SHINGLES, EVEN TILE ROOFING.