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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Destructive storms come in many different forms and occur in particular regions. If you’re living in the Midwest, your area is most likely prone to tornadoes. Hail storms on the other hand, usually exist in the central plains and southern states. This region is known as hail alley, and lies within the states of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. But just the same, hailstorms have been noted in places where thunderstorms occur. Snow is most commonly felt in places with high altitudes and high latitudes, specifically among the mountainous parts of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. These storms can bring about substantial damage to your homes, thus the need to take preventive measures for such occurrence.

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How do you ensure your home’s safety from these storms? Installing a reliable and durable roofing system may be the best way to start with. These tips may go a long way in mitigating possible damages brought about by tornadoes, wind, hail, ice and snow storms:

  • Conduct regular preventive repair and maintenance by scheduling semi- and annual inspections.
  • Keep your roof clean at all times. Some debris can do significant damage to your roof when water freezes around them. This applies to the roof’s gutters, downspouts and scuppers.
  • Check the exterior and ceiling and interior walls as well for leaks, stains and cracks.
  • Try looking for possible areas that may be infiltrated by moisture or may accidentally act as entry points for air when extreme wind occurs.

Your roof is your first line of defense from unforeseen dangers, particularly those caused by natural calamities. It is only natural then to ensure that it functions according to your expectations. If you haven’t done so, it may be best to seek professional help and let roofing experts assess the quality of your roof. There are damages that can go unnoticed over time and may result to more severe damage if left undiscovered.

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Roof replacement options vary state by state since there are several factors to consider before deciding on your final preferred choice. In Alabama for example, roofing systems in residential structures are required to make use of special nails instead of staples for better protection and asphalt shingle roofs need to undergo a specific certification in an approved testing agency. If you haven’t undergone roof replacement yet or are thinking of initiating one, here are a few roof replacement basics that can help you plan this important stage of home renovation.

Roof Replacement Average Cost

Roof replacement estimate will depend on the type of materials to be used, the extent of work required, and on whether your roof needs repair or would require complete replacement. All factors evaluated, a new roof can cost between $2.60 and $7.50 per square foot installed. In some cases, the total cost may even reach as much as $10,000 or more. To help calculate roof replacement average costs in Alabama, ProMatcher has outlined the average roofing costs and prices based on the materials to be used, including estimates for roof inspection, roof painting, and roof cleaning.

Financing A Roof Replacement

Homeowners can explore various avenues in financing a roof replacement project. Some of the possible solutions include government loans and rebates, credit cards and a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Of course, saving for this type of home improvement is still the best way to go about it.

How Long Does A Roof Replacement Take?

Realistically, replacing a roof may take 2 to 3 days to complete, depending on the size of your home, the available labor resources, and assuming the weather permits it. The process may be prolonged if structural repairs are discovered along the way or additional protective work is needed. The roofing materials that you will eventually choose may also affect the duration of the repair/replacement. Some are easier to install and some are a bit more complicated.

 

Your roof replacement experts should be able to give you a more detailed discussion of these important considerations so you can plan effectively and make informed and wise decisions.

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Metal Roofing

Looking to add value to your home? Weigh the possibility of using stone coated metal roofing material, which is not only durable but is also popular among homeowners for its ability to add prestige to your home’s aesthetics. Its beautiful appearance will make your roof looking good and elegant; along with the idea that you can enjoy the comforts of your home without having to worry about your roof’s strength or resilience.

What is Stone Coated Metal Roofing?

This roofing type boasts of stone coated steel/metal roofs that are fastened to a batten system, a series of vertical and horizontal wood planks that are connected to a roof decking, and in some cases, even through an existing roofing material.

Stone Coated Steel Roofing Advantages

For stone coated metal roofing, while you may end up spending more than you would an asphalt shingle roof, you will also benefit from its key advantages. Here are some of them:

  • More energy-efficient, which according to manufacturer specifications, will usually produce 20% up to 45% energy savings over traditional roofing materials
  • Can handle rain better; raindrops will be less noticeable
  • Easy to install over existing roofs, saving you the burden of having to go through the difficult and messy process of roof installation
  • Aside from absorbing rain better, the interlocked individual panels can also resist high wind pressures over 120 mph.
  • Low maintenance. The frequency of steel coated metal roof cleaning is less than its counterparts, and even if it reaches its end of life, the materials can still be recycled.
  • Beautiful and elegant but can still withstand the test of time

 

Dads Roofing uses Decra Roofing products to install a new or replace an existing roof because Decra is considered as one of the most durable products in the market today. Of course, every roofing contractor needs to continuously evolve, thus it is best for you to discuss in detail what look you want to achieve and how you want it executed.

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One of the first decisions you will need to make when replacing your roof is what material to use, and this can make a huge impact in the overall output of what you have in mind. Shingle roofing material is one of the most common choices of homeowners in the US because one of its key benefits is that it is easier to repair and with proper ventilation, you can actually extend its life. Normally, shingles last between 15 and 30 years, depending on the quality of its installation and how often you maintain it.

What Is a Roofing Shingle?

Roofing shingles may be flat or covered tiles that are laid in courses in such a way that they overlap to keep out water. Shingles are usually made up of asphalt and are small and rectangular in size and shape. Asl your contractor to guide you through various shapes, textures and colors, depending on what would fit best your home.

Shingle Roofing Cost

Typically, the cost of installing shingles range between $350 and $500 per square, which is equal to 100 square feet of your roof surface. On average, roofs are about 1,700 square feet in size. Check with your contractor what is included when they provide you a quote. Prices will differ on what type of shingle you intend to use: asphalt, tiles, wood, metal or slate. This is important especially when you want to canvass and get the best possible quote there is.

Shingle Roofing Benefits

Here are some of the main benefits of using shingles for your roof:

  • Upfront cost to install is relatively low when compared to other types of roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are the most cost-effective choice and since they are easier to install, the cost of labor will also be affordable.
  • Designed to resist fire damage and even algae growth (with proper maintenance, moss growth can be prevented over time)
  • Available in a wide variety of colors to help you come up with your preferred shingle roofing design
  • Shingle roofing is easier to repair and maintain but it is durable enough to stand the test of time.

Do keep in mind though, that quality must come first in your list of priorities. Do not skimp on the most important shingle roofing components. Nobody wants to deal with the burden of unnecessary costs later on.

roofing tips

If you’re planning to replace your roof or you’re about to build your home, there are a few basic things that you might want to consider so there’s no room for regret later on. It helps to be aware of what you can and cannot do with your roof since there are also laws that property owners and roofing contractors must follow, depending on your current roofing needs.

Here are some tips and suggestions to get you started:

    1. How durable do you want your roof to be? Completely natural slate roofing can last as long as 200 years while steel and aluminum can last for a century. If you want an easy to install roof, you can go for asphalt, which has an average lifespan of 30 years. Composite roofing is another alternative that you may consider, having the ability to last for 50 years and sometimes even for a lifetime.
    2. There are also materials that are more resistant to fire but generally, concrete roof tiles, metal roofs and fiberglass asphalt composition shingles have Class A fire ratings.
    3. Consider going green or environment-friendly. Ask your roofer about composite roofing, recycled shingles, and metal roofs.
    4. How much is your budget? If you’re on a budget but are looking for quality materials, you will not go wrong with asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofing is also the most popular choice in the US because they require less maintenance. If you have money spare, you may choose between tile, slate or wood shingles, or metal roofing.
    5. Prepare/gather the required documents. There are three key documents that are vital to your project: building permit, written agreement with your contractor, and proof of your roofer’s worker’s compensation and liability plan.

Of course, you always have to keep in mind that choosing high-quality products will lessen the chances of having your roof repaired or replaced in the future. Remember that the roof is a home’s first line of defense against natural elements and calamities. Shop around, ask the right questions from your contractor, and decide wisely.

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