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A new roof is a big investment, and its initial quality and continued maintenance have an enormous impact on your home. Leaky roofs tend to precipitate numerous other kinds of damage, and the necessary repairs could ultimately add up to more than the repair or replacement would have cost in the first place. Also, if you decide to sell your home, a poorly maintained roof can greatly reduce the sale price.
Before hiring a roofer, it will benefit you to first educate yourself on some basic roofing concepts and common problems. With greater roofing knowledge, you can better assess the roofing issues you have, the measures you can take to prevent further problems, and the repair or installation methods that will keep your roof in top condition.
The most common types of roofs have steep pitches, or slopes. There are various roofing materials for steep-slope roofs, and homeowner s should consider cost and durability as well as aesthetic appeal when deciding on a new roofing material.
Slate is the costliest roofing material. Yet, it has numerous advantages over other options. Slate is all-natural, and it is very strong; it is also available in several colors that depend on the location from which it was mined. Slate application in roofing requires special skill, so if you want a slate roof or if you need one repaired, be certain that your roofer has plenty of experience with the material.
Shingles made of asphalt are the most-used roofing materials in the US. Fiberglass asphalt shingles are the most common type available and have a Class A fire resistance rating. They are generally preferred over cellulose-based asphalt shingles, which, while durable, are more susceptible to fire damage than fiberglass and are no longer provided by many roofing material manufacturers. Fiberglass shingles come in many colors and can be laminated with additional layers to bulk up the shingle and provide the entire roof with a textured appearance similar to cedar shingles. Laminated shingles are popular due to their high-end look and their durability, and they go by many names, including dimensional shingles, textured composite shingles, and architectural shingles