The fact is that quality roofing can make a major difference in the overall quality of your home. If your roof is old of made of lower quality materials, you may find yourself deciding on a roof replacement sooner rather than later. This will lead to a lot of different questions — do you want the tear off the old roof, or build on the new one? What kind roofing materials are right for your priorities? Deciding on the type of roofing you want can also lead to other questions. The type of roofing you choose may affect whether or not you want to make an addition to your home — and if so, the kind of addition you want. Different roofing companies might have different options that they prefer. But the fact is that ultimately, you need to make the decision that is right for you and your home. Roofing comes in a variety of forms — some of which are not only durable and practical, but great for those who want to be environmentally friendly. Below, we’ll look into a few questions that you should ask yourself before beginning your search for the right roofing materials.
Should I Tear Off My Old Roof Or Build Upon It?
Typically, roofing companies recommend two options for those who want to replace their old roofs. Usually, building upon an old roof is more of an option when your roof is made of asphalt shingles, and it is technically called “recovering” the roof. If your roof is made of multiple layers, this may not be an option. It’s also an issue if the roof has curling shingles, or if there is any sign of rot or mold. In fact, if you know that your roof is in bad condition and a roofing company offers to recover it, you may very well want to seek a second opinion. Some roofing companies offer this option as a way to cut corners, even if it’s not the best choice for you. With that being said, choosing to tear off the roof isn’t always as in depth of drastic as you may think. There are many benefits to the tear off option. This way, your roof can be examined thoroughly — meaning that any underlying weaknesses will be noticed and treated. Your home will also have a better resale value with a new roof — in part because a tear off will last much longer than a recover. If properly installed, an asphalt shingle roof will give your home a great amount of protection, and will last between 12 and 15 years. With four out of five homes in the U.S. having asphalt shingle roofs, you may want to consider simply installing a new one in your home through the tear off method.
What Are The Benefits Of A Metal Roof?
Of course, asphalt shingle roofs may not be the right choice for you — homeowners in some areas of the country prefer metal roofing. Both have their pros and cons; but the benefits of the a metal roof aren’t as widely known as those of an asphalt roof. For one thing, metal roofing does tend to last longer — with the typical metal roof expected to last 30 years with minimal maintenance. Minimal maintenance means that you don’t spend as much on that maintenance, and therefore get a better return on your investment. For that matter, metal roofs have been shown to reduce energy costs by preventing heat from escaping your home.
How Can I Make My Home More Environmentally Friendly?
For one thing, metal roofing is recyclable, and therefore more environmentally friendly. However, you may also want to add on to your home through a greenhouse, or even a sunroom. While a sunroom can add more natural light to your home, a greenhouse obviously allows for better circulation of oxygen and the utilization of natural plant life. No matter what you choose, try to keep your home’s resale value in mind.
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