Picking the Right Roof

Every homeowner knows the importance of protecting their home with high quality roofing that will prevent damage to the interior of the structure. Rain and wind that is caused by severe storms can damage roofing shingles and allow moisture inside. This means the wooden structure supporting the roof can soon begin to deteriorate. This is the reason it is so important to choose the best shingles available when building a home or replacing an existing roof.

Asphalt shingles have been the type traditionally used by building contractors, and there have been some beneficial changes to this kind of roofing during the past few decades. Originally, the base material of asphalt shingles consisted of the natural fiber of rags which was susceptible to decay. The next upgrade changed the base material to cellulosic reinforcements using cardboard, wood fibers and recycled paper. Currently, fiberglass is the base material used for asphalt shingles, and this material offers a much-improved durability resulting in a shingle with a longer life.

Economical Three-tab shingles which are manufactured by Owens Corning have a 25 year limited warranty. This higher grade of shingles is rated by ENERGY STAR® and will perform well even in 60 MPH winds. If the home is located in an area where frequent storms are common, the Duration Storm shingle is a better choice. This shingle features WeatherGuard and SureNail technology, 130 MPH wind resistance and a limited lifetime warranty.

Traditional three-tab shingles are also Manufactured by GAF, a company that is now the number one supplier of commercial and residential roofing shingles in North America. Distinctive designer shingles are also available from GAF, so homeowners are able to roof their home with shingles that resemble tile, slate or wood shakes. Architectural shingles are top of the line and are thicker than traditional asphalt shingles.

Metal roofing has become very popular over the past couple decades due to the very attractive designs that are now available. Ribbed galvanized steel was the original metal roof available, and farmers favored this type of roofing for their barns and other outbuildings. Flat panel steel roofing formed with connecting seams was often painted and used as residential roofing. The durability and beauty of formed steel roofing caught the attention companies who were manufacturing steel roofing, so they began to offer styles that homeowners found aesthetically pleasing. Although the price of metal roofing can be higher than traditional asphalt shingles, metal roofing has been proven to last for 50 years or more.

Modern homeowners are fortunate to have a variety of high-quality roofing materials available. The best choice for a homeowner who intends to stay in their home for many years is a roof that has a long life even though it will cost more. People who expect to relocate within 10 years or less may want to spend less and choose asphalt shingles since this type of roofing will perform well for 15 to 20 years.