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Choosing the Right Roofing for Your Style

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When it comes to roofing your home, there are several different styles and options to choose from. What is your preferred style? Do you have a color preference? Does your home have a certain design element, such as modern, cabin style, or pueblo style? Having a particular roofing style in mind can help you to limit your choices when selecting a new roof. Here are some things you need to know about different roofing styles, and how to choose one that best suits your home.

Design a Look
Before you start looking at composition, laminate, or metal roofing, first, you need to determine what your design style is. One thing to consider is the curb appeal of your home. Do you want to install a new roof that will boost curb appeal? As you look through the various selections available for roofing, you need to determine the color, roofing style, and how long you want the roof to last. A pueblo-styled home, for example, will look best with clay tiles, compared to wood shakes or composite shingles. However, a cabin-styled home will look best with wood shakes or shingles versus clay tiles or metal roofing. Understanding the style of your home will make it easier to begin browsing for the correct roofing materials.

Composition Roofing
Many people select composition roofing because it comes in a variety of colors and styles. Composition roofing is normally called asphalt shingles, and it is one of the cheapest roofing materials available. The other positive benefit to asphalt shingles is they are easy to install and repair. Modern asphalt shingles will help to protect against the sun, which reduces energy costs. You can create a unique design style with composition roofing by selecting two or three different colors of shingles and alternating them. The originality of this design will make your house stand out from the rest. When selecting asphalt shingles, remember, the thicker the shingle, the longer it will last. Composition roofing choices can vary in price, but they average about $50 per square, plus installation costs.

Wood Roofing
While choosing to use wood for a roof can help reduce energy costs, it can also require more effort on your part to maintain the roof. Wood shingles and shakes made for the home normally come from redwood, pine, and cedar. This roofing style will need to be maintained properly to protect the home from leaks. The other concern with wood roofing is pest infestations. Certain bugs can burrow in the wood, and you can have troubles with rodents. Proper treatment of the wood is the best way to prevent problems with these pests. You will need to spray the wood shingles with waterproofing treatments as they start to age. The great thing about wood roofing is how unique it is. It can drastically change the look of your home, and thanks to the way wood breathes, it will help to keep your energy costs lower. Wood roofing can last upwards of 25 years with proper maintenance. The average cost of wood roofing ranges from $100 per square, plus installation costs.

Metal Roofing
If you want to choose roofing that is fire-resistant, energy reducing, and long lasting, opt for metal roofing. Metal roofs can reflect the sunlight, helping to reduce energy bills, as heat won’t be absorbed into the attic. Metal roofing can come in large sheets, or you can select smaller shingles. Metal roofing will last upwards of 40 years, and you can choose various paint options. Paint can help your roof to match the color of your home. Select a higher-grade metal like steel or copper over aluminum, as aluminum can dent in a hailstorm. Metal roofing also varies in price, but it averages $100 or more per square, plus installation costs.
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Meeting with a Roofer
While three roofing selections above are the most common, it is important to meet with a quality roofing company to help you create a design style that best suits your home. If you want to use the composition roofing materials, but are unhappy with the colors, consider special ordering shingles. Obtaining the right color can make your home a stand out in the neighborhood. Certain colors are easier to obtain for roofers than others, so you can end up spending more if you want an uncommon color. The other thing to consider when choosing shingles is the neighborhood. Do you want your home to blend in with the others, or would you like your home to stand out? A good roofer can help you evaluate your options to find the correct roofing style to match your home and personal design.

This article was written by Jared Miert, home improvement blogger, hubby and dad.  If you are looking for a new roof or just a quick repair, click here.

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Eco-friendly Roofing

If you are building a new home or replacing the roof on your current home, you may be looking for some eco-friendly roofing options. Depending on the type of home or building you own, and the needs you have for your roof, there are a variety of eco-friendly roofing options to choose from. Below are a few ideas to consider.

Recycled Shingles
Repurposing plastic, rubber, or wood is one eco-friendly way to fix your roof. By purchasing shingles made with recycled materials, you can achieve the look and feel of traditional shingles, without using 100 percent new materials. Recycled shingles offer your roof the same protection as traditional shingles, but they are more environmentally friendly.
 
Wooden Shingles
Depending on where you live, you may be able to install wooden shingles to your roof. Before investing in them, check to make sure that they do not violate your city’s codes or ordinances, as some places see them as a greater fire risk than traditional shingles. While wooden shingles are less toxic and take less energy to produce than other types, some people feel that cutting down old cedar to create shingles may not be particularly environmentally friendly.

Zinc Roofing
Zinc roofing has a long life span, is highly durable, 100 percent recyclable, rustproof, and fireproof. Zinc roofs are ideal in snowy areas because the snow will simply slide off the roof, unlike with shingles. Zinc is one of many metals that can be used for roofing, and the average metal roof lasts for up to 50 years. Metal roofs also eliminate the need for installing a roof with toxic chemicals and asphalt.

Rooftop Gardens
One way many homeowners in large cities green their roof is to add a rooftop garden or green roof. Rooftop gardens are eco-friendly in a couple of different ways. They add oxidizing plants, flowers, and foliage to the local environment and have also been shown to provide an additional level of insulation, leading to lower heating and cooling bills. Rooftop gardens can also be used to produce fruits and vegetables or other greenery. If your roof is not flat or easily accessible by foot, you may be able to install green roofs with lightweight foliage or moss.

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Solar Panels
Roofs are an ideal place to add solar panels, as they have an unobstructed view of the sun. Solar panels will reduce or eliminate your need for traditional electricity altogether, and they will provide a reflective layer of protection on warm and sunny days.

Painted Roofs
An inexpensive way to reduce your energy consumption is to paint your roof white, or install white or light colored shingles to your roof. A lighter colored roof will reflect 70-80 percent of the daily sunlight, compared to darker roofs, which only reflect 10-20 percent of light. This allows you to reduce your cooling bills during the spring and summer seasons.

Create Shade
If you have greened your roof as much as possible, but are still looking for ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, consider creating additional shade by planting strategically placed trees in your yard. They will need adequate time to grow to a height in which they can provide your home with additional shade, but fully-grown trees can lower your homes temperature by as much as nine degrees. Additionally, you can also plant shrubs and bushes outside windows with direct sunlight. While the shrubs and bushes will help to create shade and block the sun, they will still emit an adequate amount of light.

This article was written by Jared Miret, father and home handyman.  If you like the idea of a zinc roof, he recommends Wade Architectural Systems, a leader in metal solutions

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Prepare Your Roof For Winter

As a homeowner, one of your more costly home repairs is replacing your roof. Whether your roof is fairly new or several years old, you should protect your investment by performing annual roof maintenance and repairs. This will help extend the life of your roof and protect your home from the elements. The winter months are typically the time when your roof is exposed to the most extreme weather, including rain, snow, ice, hail, or high winds. To ensure that your roof is ready for the winter weather, follow the steps below.

Inspection
Inspecting your roof before winter helps to ensure that you do not have any pre-existing damage, or areas of your roof that need attention. When inspecting your roof, look for any of these signs:

Sagging: A sagging area, or areas that appear as if they are sunk in, could be a sign that the plywood framing below is rotten.

Discoloration: Discoloration could mean that you have algae or moss on your roof. If this is not addressed in a timely manner it can lead to costly damage.

Missing Shingles: Your shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the elements. In order to ensure that your roof is ready for the rain, snow, hail, and wind that may arrive in the winter months, replace all missing shingles. Also look for loose shingles that need additional roofing cement.

Curled Shingles: Curled shingles could be a sign that it is time to replace your roof. If you only have a few curled shingles within a general area, the area may need repair. Also inspect the keyways, or areas between the shingles, to ensure there is not any deterioration.

Check The Flashing: The flashing is the sheet metal that connects the joints of your roof to the side of your home, chimney, or plumbing vent pipes. Check to make sure that there are no holes or gaps in your flashing that can lead to leaks in your roof. If you find an area of the flashing with a hole or gap, then remove the old caulk completely before applying new caulking.

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Clean Your Roof
Any dirt and debris that accumulates on your roof needs to be swept off prior to winter. This will require you to climb up on a ladder with a broom and gently sweep your shingles. If you do not remove debris, it will hold water when it rains and can lead to damage when left sitting on your roof for an extended period of time. When sweeping, be particularly careful if you have asphalt shingles. These shingles are particularly granular; make sure you are not sweeping away the shingles granules.

Clean And Inspect Your Gutters
Your gutters have the important job of guiding the rain, hail, and melted ice and snow from on your roof, to down drain spouts. Clogged gutters or those in need of repair can lead to pooling water and leaks. To prepare your gutters for winter, follow the steps below:

Remove Debris: Start by removing any fall leaves, dirt, and debris that have accumulated in your gutters. If not removed, the debris can restrict the flow of runoff and lead to clogs in your drain spout. You should remove the debris in your gutters at least twice a year, or each spring and fall. If cleaning your gutters is too much work, consider installing gutter guards that will drastically reduce your gutter cleaning time, as they will divert most debris back into your backyard.

Inspect: While you are cleaning your gutters be on the lookout for cracks, holes, or any loose or damaged areas. Gutters that are not in proper condition can lead to runoff in areas other than the drain spouts. Over time, this unplanned runoff can lead to damage and leaks.

Much of the maintenance and repairs above are DIY projects. However, if home maintenance is not your strong skill, or the height required to work on your roof is not a task you are up for, hire a local roof maintenance expert to complete the above maintenance and repairs for you. Even if you perform all of your roof maintenance yourself, it is a good idea to reach out to a professional on occasion to gain further insight as to how you can best maintain your roof.

This article was written by Jared Miret, father and home handyman.  Jared wants everyone to know how to protect their roofs from damage during the harsh winter months.  If you do experience some damage there are many roofing services in Houston that will take good care of your roofing needs.