When deciding whether to inspect your roof, do a repair, or walk on your roof for any other reason, there are several steps you can take to ensure your safety. These safety procedures are often overlooked, causing accidents that can affect a person and their family for years to come. However, if you invest just a small amount of time in the Hill Country Village area educating yourself of the potential dangers of your roof, you may avoid these incidents all together.
Homeowners seldom think about the roof over their heads until they encounter a roof leak problem. Then the question always comes up: should they get a tear-off (roof replacement) or just get a shingle overlay that just covers over the old roofing? A roof is comprised of four elements: the main roof, the eaves, the fascia board and the gutter. A house without eaves can cause as much water damage as a house without a roof
What are the best kind of roofing shingles? Well it all depends on your budget. If you do not have lots of money you may want to consider a standard strip composition asphalt shingle or a three tab as known by most people. With that being said This type could be the best kind of shingle depending on your personal tastes as well. Please remember just because they cost less does not make them easier to install. With 3 tabs you not only have to keep straight them horizontally, but you are also dealing with a vertical situation with your water grooves or bond lines to keep straight too.You can Still get a 20 year shingle now and you have remember they are being phased out slowly, but the most common and popular of the three tab type is the 25 year shingle.
A great resource for you is to look at the consumer reports yearly report on the various top quality shingles. I have mentioned some of the best shingles I have had the personal experience of using and I really have a hard time saying which shingle is the best. I feel it boils down to budget on each person and what kind of home they own. Long story short is decide what you want to spend and do some research on the various shingle types on the market. Then find a contractor you feel comfortable with and get your new roof. I will say from experience that if you have a leak free roof you do have the best shingle.
Also referred to as asphalt roofing, composition shingles are the most commonly used and the most economic option. They are available in a wide range of colors and styles and are easily repaired and highly fireproof. This type of shingle is available in a fifteen to forty year lifespan guarantee. A typical home size of around 2,000 square feet can run anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 for professional installation.
Metal roofing is available in steel, aluminum, tin and copper. While this type of roof is environmentally friendly and very lightweight, it can get fairly expensive, especially for copper materials, which can cost upwards of $40,000 for a typical sized home. Metal roofs can be styled to resemble shake shingles or even the look of slate. These roofs are durable, easily maintained and can last up to fifty years. The other metals can cost up into the lower $20,000s installed.
Now that you know the differences in the types of roofs available, you can make a more informed decision on which type may be right for you. Contact your local roofer for more information.