Your home’s roof is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your home. In the Texas Panhandle, weather is often extreme and unpredictable. Properly repairing damaged roofing and replacing your roof when needed are key to ensuring your home remains safe and secure in every season.
Choosing the right roofing material for your home can make all the difference. Your roof should not only offer the best protection, but it should also increase the value and curb appeal of your home. A variety of roofing options are reasonable and attractive. It is important to be aware of your options and to make the best choice for your home and budget.
Homes with low slope roofs can be protected with rolled roofing. Rolled roofing is a long, thin roll of mineral and asphalt reinforced material which is topped with small mineral granules. A roll is usually one hundred square feet of roofing that is three feet wide. Rolled roofing is one of the quicker, less expensive roofing options. It can be applied using the torch-down method or using roofing nails. With proper care and maintenance, rolled roofing can last around ten years. Keep in mind, this type of roofing material works best on sloped roofed buildings such as workshops where curb appeal is not the foremost concern.
For flat or low-pitch roofs, membrane roofing is another choice. When considering a membrane roof, there are several types. Neoprene, EPDM, and PVC are just a few. One of the most common choices is EPDM, or synthetic roofing. It is often called rubber roofing. In many ways, it is like rolled asphalt roofing and is applied in large sheets. This type of application limits the number of seams. Fewer seams means less opportunity for water to cause damage to the roof. Rubber roofing, or EPDM, is somewhat inexpensive. It lasts a bit longer than rolled roofing, usually twenty to thirty-five years with proper care.
The most common and popular roofing type in the United States is asphalt composite shingles. They are made from a fiberglass base which is topped with asphalt and mineral granules. They are three-tab shingles and offer solid protection for most homes. In general, a twenty or thirty year warranty comes with asphalt shingle installation. Replacing damaged shingles is usually not difficult, making repairs and proper maintenance easier. Composite shingles are flexible and adapt to the expansion and contraction of the roof due to changing weather. Depending on the quality of the shingle, asphalt roofing is very cost effective. In most cases, a composite roof can last up to thirty years.
Metal roofing is becoming a more popular roofing option. The most common type of metal roof is the standing seam roof. Metal roofing is fully fireproof, making it especially popular in areas with high wildfire danger. This type of roof also withstands heavy snow well. They last up to fifty years and are fully recyclable when replaced. Installation of metal roofing requires a highly skilled roofing company. Aluminum or steel roofing is a bit more costly, but the long life of the roof can offset the initial costs. Some homeowners may dislike the look of standing seam metal roofing. If that is the case, the benefits of a metal roof are still available in the form of steel or aluminum shingles or shakes. These are generally made from stamped metal and are topped with quality baked coating or mineral granules. The benefit of metal shingles is their versatility. They can be made to look like traditional asphalt shingles, wooden shakes, or even clay tiles. They are the perfect choice for amazing protection and good looks. Again, metal shingles are a bit more costly, but they can last up to fifty years.
Wooden shingles or wooden shakes are one of the most attractive roofing options, however, they are also one of the most costly. In most cases, they have a shorter lifespan, usually around twenty years. They are usually made of cedar or redwood. Shingles are thin, wedge-shaped slabs made by precise sawing. Shakes are thicker with a rough texture and are produced by splitting wood. Shakes are more expensive. Wooden roofing does last longer in dryer climates.
If you live in a hotter climate, clay tile is an excellent roofing choice. Clay tile is made from earth clay that is molded into interlocking shapes and then fired for hardness. It can be left unglazed to retain the red-orange color. Clay tiles can also be glazed and fired to form ceramic roofing tiles. This type of roofing also withstands salt air very well. It is an expensive roofing material, but it is also very long-lasting.
No matter the type of roof you are looking for, Patriot Roofing can offer professional advice. Our experienced staff can discuss the pros and cons that will help you choose the roof that best compliments or updates your home. At Patriot Roofing, we are dedicated to protecting your home and family through professional and proper roof installation. Let Patriot Roofing help you with your new roof.