Selecting the right roofing materials makes a dramatic difference in the lifespan of your roof. This includes, but is not limited to, underlying and unseen elements as well. When selecting your roofing materials, there are many things to consider. As an article on This Old House points out:
As well as keeping the house dry, the roof contributes greatly to the look of the house, so when building a new house, adding on, or re-roofing, it may pay to consider the options.
So where do you begin when you select roofing materials? With the shingles, of course.
Because not every roofing shingle can be used on every type of roof, it’s important to select a shingle that works for your structure.
For example, a roof with a lot of slope and sharp angles will need a different material than a flat roof. Similarly, structures that can’t handle the load of slate or tile could collapse over time due to their extreme weight.
Also, while most people choose single-thickness asphalt shingles, they aren’t always the best option for a property. Yes, it’s true that they are the least expensive, but their lifespan differs from the laminated, thicker asphalt shingle by nearly a decade.
Further, it’s not always wise to select simply on price alone. You should also consider how long you plan to remain in your current residence as well. In which case, given its lifespan, a metal roof might benefit your situation more than asphalt ever will.
Last, materials like flashing shouldn’t be ignored. A quality roofing job will never ignore proper flashing installation. When installing all exterior work, it’s just as important to a roof’s life that all abutments are water-tight and sealed, no matter their location on the home.
If you would like additional information on how we can help you with your roofing project, please contact Frost Roofing today to schedule an appointment.