Asphalt Shingles Vs. Metal Roofing: Debating The Pros And Cons
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Asphalt Shingles Vs. Metal Roofing: Debating The Pros And Cons

Roofing installation is a not a simple job and to make sure you have no leaks, you need to be certain that it is done correctly. You can certainly replace a roof as a DIY project, but you may want to at least consider a qualified roofing contractor. They will know local building codes and more likely than not be able to install your roof more quickly than you could on your own. If you do decide to do it yourself, then make sure to do you homework to protect your investment in the roof and your home.

To start with, make sure to fix up the shingle overhangs and eves to provide sufficient attic ventilation. This also helps stop moisture damage and dry rot.

Asphalt shingles are definitely the most common option of roofing material, but are certainly not the only game in town. If asphalt shingles aren't an option for your, if you are in a high wind area for instance, you may want to consider asphalt rolled roofing. This has the same attributes as the asphalt shingles, but won't blow off in the wind. Additionally, it's a good choice for roofs at a steep angle. For small slopes, you may want to consider fiberglass rolled roofing. In general, asphalt roofing is great for cold temperature installations or where there is heavy snow. Just remember, asphalt roofing can last upwards of 20-30 years, so make sure you do it right the first time.

Recently, metal roofing is popping up more often in residential intsallations, even thought it has traditionally been saved for commercial applications.

Metal roofing materials help prevent fires as they are not flammable, so they may be appropriate if you live in a heavily wooded area that is subject to forest fires. It might even lower your fires insurance costs. The advantages of metal roofing materials are that they are light weight, energy efficient, wind resistant, and water proof. Unlike their asphalt roof cousins, metal roofs do not have a definitive lifetime, so take proper care when you install them.

All in all, you have lots of choices when it comes to installing your new roof, so be aure to do your homework and choose the materials best for you home and future.

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