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Roofing - Weathering The Storm

por Malissa Rodd (2020-04-27)

Everyone knows that a roof on a house is one of the most essential parts of your house. Your houses roof is just as important as the foundation it sits on. A roof will shield your home against the natural elements. Like a hat, a roof will protect against the rain, wind, hail, snow, and even the sun. Obviously, it keeps everything in your house dry. And, when there is a leak, the roofing should be repaired as quickly as possible to avoid damage to drywall, and the interior structure of the house itself.

During the course of the life of your house your roof may need to be repaired or replaced several times over depending on the type of material your roofing is made from. If you have asphalt shingles they may need to be replaced after a hail storm or damaging winds. Sometimes, extreme heat can even peel asphalt shingles right off your roof. In most of these cases, your home owners insurance will cover the cost of replacing the roof. And, if you have just had a damaging storm in your area, then it is best to investigate whether or not you have had any damage. While you may not see any shingles on the ground, it is very possible the roof has been compromised by hail or wind. An insurance adjuster can come and take a look to see if the life of your roof has been shortened. And, they can recommend whether or not you need to file a claim with your insurance company.

If you find that your roof needs replacing then, you may choose to get a completely different material. There are a few things to consider, such as cost and the type of roofing your house needs. While taking the cost of a new roof into consideration there are many options available. While asphalt shingles are the most affordable, and the most widely used material, they are not as durable over the long run, and will need replacing every 7-10 years depending of the types of weather the shingles have to endure. But, metal roof can last for 15-25 years without any problems, but the upfront cost may be a little more expensive upfront. Also, a metal roof can be a great choice for weathering a storm as it is not as prone to hail damage as asphalt shingles. While, a slate roof makes for a very attractive and sturdy look, it is not the most affordable and the slate tiles can be blown from the structure in a thunderstorm with strong winds.

One of the best ways to update and protect the value of your house is with a new roof. While a new roof can be a big investment, it is also one of the most important aspects of a house. So, getting the job done right is worth the expense, and time doing your research. Obviously, it is a good idea to think about your budget when planning a new roof, but it is also important to consider the performance of the roofing material when making the investment.