Roof Materials

20
Jan

5 Myths about Tile Roofing

Blue mix tile roof

Blue Mixed Tile Roof courtesy of InnovativeRoofing.com St. Louis, Mo

Tile Roofing Myths

While many homeowners love the look of a Tile roof, common myths surrounding Tile shingles have resulted in homeowners often considering only Asphalt shingles.

What are some of the common myths preventing homeowners from considering Tile roofing?

Myth #1: Tiles absorb water causing them to eventually collapse

Truth #1:  Older, inferior tiles manufactured 20+ years ago often absorbed water and failed prematurely.  Today’s modern tiles are better made and coated with erosion and water-resistant agents.  Tiles today are expected to last 50 to 100 years.

Myth #2:  Tile roofing is more expensive than asphalt

Truth #2: Tile roofing is more expensive upfront, but it is very cost-effective in the long-term.  The typical Asphalt roof rarely lasts 20 years in the Texas heat or Wisconsin cold.  A modest hailstorm can shred even “Lifetime” Asphalt shingles, while sturdier clay or concrete-style Tile shingles can repel that same size hail with little or no damage.  Tile shingles can last two to three times longer than Asphalt shingles and Tile provides superior ventilation and drainage.

Myth #4:    Tiles are food for lichen and moss

Truth #3:  Mosses and lichen do not eat Tile.  But if left unchecked and not removed, lichen or moss can begin clogging drainage areas.

Myth #4:    Tile roofs have to be painted

Truth #4: Tile roofs can be painted, but it is by no means necessary.  In fact, Tile comes in a variety of colors straight from the manufacturer.

Myth #5:  Tiles easily break and offer less protection

Truth #5:  While some argue that Metal roofing is tougher than Tile, it is undeniable that Tile offers superior protection compared to Wood or Asphalt shingles.  Tile shingles are thicker, stronger, and better able to repel hail, branches, and storm debris.

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17
Apr

Architectural Shingles or 3-Tab Shingles

Architectural Shingles or 3-Tab Shingles is a question most new roof buyers ask themselves.

But what are Architectural Shingles?  Should you get them for your roof even if you had 3-Tab before?

First, architectural shingles are asphalt shingles just like 3-Tab.  Most of us know what an asphalt shingle looks like, whether we know it or not.  Just look at your roof and more than not you have asphalt shingles; unless you have a specialty roof such as tile or metal.  Second, an asphalt shingle is one of the most widely used roofing covers in North America because most varieties are affordable and straightforward to install. 

Main types of asphalt shingles

The first type of commonly used asphalt single is the “3-Tab”.
Architectural Shingles or 3-Tab Shingles. This is 3-Tab

3-Tab Shingles

As you can see, it is a very straight forward simple shingle.  It is called a 3-Tab because it comes in 3tab sections.  This types of asphalt single is more commonly found on lower value properties but is still very popular.

Why is 3-Tab found more frequently on lower valued properties?

3-Tab is inexpensive compared to most types of roofs and can be installed very quickly.  But all asphalt shingles will protect your home so choosing between the various types is as much about the look and feel as it is the protection and price.   3-Tab shingles used to be the “Go To” shingle but over the last several years architectural shingles have quickly gained traction and are now the “Go To” shingle for most roofers and homeowners.

Architectural or 3-Tab?  Look, warranty, and price are the key drivers for most homeowners.   3-Tab also comes in many colors and has acceptable warranties for most people.

The second most common type of asphalt shingle is the architectural or “dimensional” shingle.
Architectural Shingles or 3-Tab Shingles. This is Architectural

Architectural Shingles

These shingles have more character and customization options than 3-Tab.  As you can see, this type of shingle has dimensions to it and more of a 3-D “custom” look.   These types of shingles are heavier than 3-Tab and have better warranties in many cases.  Also, more and more Property Owner Associations are demanding that roof replacement use architectural style shingles; unless you live in a neighborhood with tile roofs.

Comparison: Architectural or 3-Tab

Both types of these shingles can last for many years but the architectural shingles are thicker and come with a larger variety of warranties. Rarely do you see an architectural or “dimensional” shingle with less than a 20 year warranty.  In fact, some even come with what is being styled a “Lifetime Warranty”.

At the end of the day an architectural shingle is still an asphalt shingle but it looks better, performs better, lasts longer, is heavier, and usually has a much longer warranty.    Just look at these compared side-by-side and you can see that an architectural shingle is more attractive than a 3-Tab.

Architectural or 3-Tab Singles Comparing

Compare the differences.

 


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31
Oct

Will a new roof save energy and lower my utility bill?

Will a new roof save energy

High Energy Costs?

High energy bills?  Asking yourself will a new roof save energy?

The short answer is… Yes, a new roof almost always saves energy.   Older attics and roof are likely to be outdated in a variety of ways.

Why will a new roof save energy?

Excessive energy costs come from many different places in a home.  Previously, we mentioned how the roof is similar to a body’s skin.  One the skin breaks, the body is susceptible to infection. Any exterior component of a home such as windows, doors, or a roof all are potential energy loss points.

Consider why you are asking yourself the question of will a new roof save energy.  Why ask this question?  Because just putting a new roof on your home may save energy; but it might not save enough energy to make up for the cost of the roof – unless you look at a a long timeline such as 5-10 years.

What are some of the ways a roof will save energy?

First, determine where you can save money by determine where you are losing energy.  Is it the attic itself?  Is it a break down in the roof?  Is there adequate insulation?  Is there adequate ventilation? An issue as simple such as insufficient attic ventilation will cause heating/cooling systems to run excessively.  If the cold air or hot air  pumping into a home from these types of systems escaping as fast as it is coming in?

In warm weather, inadequate ventilation will trap hot air in the attic, causing air conditioning systems to work harder, or leaving your home’s interior hotter and less comfortable.  Additionally, in both hot and cold weather, insufficient attic ventilation may cause moisture in the attic to become trapped and condense on the rafters. This condensed moisture can drip down onto the insulation and reduce its effectiveness.

Will a new roof save energy if the insulation situation is poor?  Not much it won’t.  Without a doubt better insulation and ventilation will reduce energy usage.  So, first consider your current attic insulation and ventilation.  You can get a good idea about what insulation rating is right for your area by checking out the Energy Star government website.

Confused or want more information? Trying to understand the costs associated with replacing a roof?  Call, email, post to Facebook, or tweet to us.  No Fee, No Obligation, Just help for you.

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8
Oct

Roof Warranty. What are the Costs?

No one beats my roof warranty.

Roof warranty! Mine costs less!

Roof warranty covered your issue?  Really?

Roofing materials have one warranty lifespan and the roofing contractor has a second and separate warranty.

Along with overall shingle lifespan, homeowners should understand that the roofer’s warranty, usually called workmanship, and the shingle warranty (or what most call the roof warranty) are two separate affairs, which may or may not overlap.  Fixing something after the warranty has expired will cost you money!  Understand the limits.

In regard to the roofing shingles themselves, understanding what is actually being warranted, who covers it, and what things can void a shingle warranty is all important.  Discussing roof warranty  details with your roofer so that everyone is on the same page is helpful, and reduces the chance of surprises should there be an issue that puts the warranty into play.

When comparing roofing contractor bids it is important to consider how long you plan to live in the home and the warranties provided.

Going to leave within the next few years?  Maybe you don’t want to buy a 30 years roof warranty shingle.  Maybe a excellent 10 year shingle will work fine.

With all of this food for thought, it’s probably easy to see how there is a lot more involved in deciding on the best roof shingle to use on your next roofing job.  Spending a little time researching the various options will pay off in the long run with a quality, durable roof that will last for years without a problem.

Still confused or want more information?   Call or email us at RoofBidders.com    We love to provide FREE education to property owners.  Don’t want to talk to anyone and just get a quick quote?  Order the Quick Report.

We will talk with you at no cost.  If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.

 

3
Oct

Choosing the Best Roofing Material for Your House

What kind of roof do you want?

What kind of roof do you want?

There are so many kinds of roofing shingles on the market, choosing the best roofing material AND the one you really want one can become quite a task.

Just looking at the various types can make you dizzy.  For starters, homeowners should consider first and foremost which products are appropriate for their home in consideration of the style of the home, weather patterns, property owners association rules, deed restrictions, or a combination.  Doing so will narrow down the field substantially making the task easier, albeit with fewer choices.

Also, keep in mind that different materials have different life expectancies, too.

We recently spent time analyzing the pros and cons of metal roofs.  Further, slate and ceramic tile can seemingly last forever, but they’re extremely heavy, expensive, and not every home is suitable for them.  Asphalt and certain types of wood and treated wood products are the most popular since they not only last a while, but they are affordable in comparison with some other “lifetime” materials.  Even asphalt singles, which are the most common have life expectancies from as short as 7-10 years to 25-30 years.

Lastly, you’ll want to think about whether there is any kind of maintenance required to keep shingles in good condition, and if so, what it involves.  Buying a new roof should be thought out.  How long do you plan to stay in the home?  What kind of investment do you want to make?  Do you simply want to replace what you have with another cost affordable look alike?

Still confused or want more information?   Call or email us at RoofBidders.com    We love to provide FREE education to property owners. We will talk with you at no cost.  
If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue. 

 

 

25
Sep

Is a metal roof right for you? – Part 2

Red Metal Roof

Red Metal Roof

As we mentioned in Part 1 of Is a metal roof right for you? metal roofs offer attractive cost benefits when compared to traditional asphalt shingles.

Further, metal roofing no longer carries the stigma of a one size, or one type fits all. Once, metal roofing wasn’t seen as diverse or accommodating with regard to style. Today, however, metal roofing is as diverse and versatile as other types of coverings.

What kind if metal options exist today?

Aluminum, Steel and Copper are the most common. Steel comes in more than one grade and has different name such as Galvalume. Aluminum and Copper roofs are a higher grade compared to Steel. Due to the fact that Steel will rust over time. In some ways a rusty roof adds character but rust is corrosive. Hence the lack of rust in Copper and Aluminum make them more expensive.

Beyond the types of metal you can also choose from various metal shingles, slate, or tiles in different textures and colors. The metal shake is made of various types of metal and “natural” metal roofs are traditionally all of the same type of metal. One of the best things about metal is that they can easily be customized and fitted to coordinate and complement your current or even a newly desired style.

Bottom Line

Metal roofs have a longer life and increased versatility compared to composition.  How much would it cost to put a metal roof on your home?  Order a Quick Report.

 

 

13
Sep

Is a metal roof right for you? – Part 1

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are tougher than asphalt shingles plus their heat reflective properties give homeowners the benefits of less energy use, reduced long term costs, and lower energy bills.

Often thought to be one of the more expensive roofing covers, metal roofing offers some price benefits that other forms of traditional roofing may not.

  1. The price of petroleum is escalating and inconsistent, making the cost of creating asphalt shingles higher and more unpredictable.
  2. In areas where damaging storms or heavy precipitation is common, insurance companies frequently offer deep discounts for having durable, metal roofing that can better stand up to flying debris such as falling limbs or even large hail.
  3. Resale values for metal roofs which last much longer than asphalt shingles (2x-3x longer), can increase the value of the property.

Want to know how much a metal roof will cost for your home?   e ……..

Still confused or want more information?   Call or email us at RoofBidders.com    We love to provide FREE education to property owners. We will talk with you at no cost.  If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue. 

9
Sep

What type of roof is right for me?

What type of roof?

What type of roof do you want or what type is right for you?

Roof shingles have developed quite a bit through the years. There are several types available, and each has its own advantages. This article will outline a few of the most popular types of roof shingles.

Asphalt– Asphalt roof shingles are relatively inexpensive, and are one of the most common types of roofing shingles. They are thin and layered, with the top layer carrying the asphalt material. Although these roof shingles can wear out relatively quickly, if properly cared for, they will last about 20 years.

Wood– Wood roof shingles are more costly than asphalt, but prized for their natural appearance. They are made of hard wood, such as cedar, which can withstand strong sunlight and tolerate humidity quite well. Wood shingles can last for more than 30 years.

Tile– Tile roof shingles are unique in their Southwestern appeal. They are orange-ish in color and much heavier than either asphalt or wood roof shingles. They are among the most expensive roof shingles available, but they can last up to 80 years and are very durable, which means they are less likely to need repair than more common types of roof shingles.

Metal– Metal roofs are made different types of metal.  Over here we go into more depth about metal roofs

Still confused or want more information?   Call or email us at RoofBidders.com    We love to provide FREE education to property owners. We will talk with you at no cost.  If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue. 

 

30
Aug

When Does an Asphalt Shingle Roof Need Replacement?

Roof-Replacement-in-process

Each roof’s condition is unique, and needs to be carefully looked at in order to determine whether replacement shingles are needed, or if an entirely new roof is needed.

Typically, an asphalt shingle roof will last roughly 20 years unless it was installed improperly, or a severe hail or wind storm damaged the shingles. Each roofing system is unique and should be looked at by a professional.

Still confused or want more information?   Call or email us at RoofBidders.com    We love to provide FREE education to property owners. We will talk with you at no cost.  If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue. 

11
Aug

How to spot roof damage from the outside

roof-hail-damage

When and How to check your roof (Exterior – Part 1)

It your home just took a beating from a recent storm it is important to inspect your roof to make sure shingles, flashing, rubber sealants, or other parts are still in place and weatherproof.

Inspecting your roof is also one of those preventive maintenance jobs that should be done once-a-year. Set a reminder on your calendar in the springtime to check your roof.

Checking the exterior of your roof is not too difficult and can be done relatively quickly. In another post we’ll look at checking the interior of your roof.

Exterior Roof Inspection

Inspecting for your roof damage from the ground is possible and can usually be good enough; but it is not ideal. From the ground, use a decent set of binoculars. Walk your way around the house, examine and note any potential problems such as turned up shingles or possible roof repairs.

If you see areas that look problematic then grab a ladder and climb up to the edge of the roof to get a better look. If you still cannot get a good look then consider climbing onto the roof and slowly working your way over to the specific spot.   Take a photo with your smartphone so you can send it to a professional or even to show someone at the local hardware store for help in patching it. Maybe the best reason to snap a photo of the area is so you know EXACTLY what it looked like at that time.

Both insurance inspectors and roofing contractors have been caught “fixing” the area or even making is worse (yanking up shingles) during their own inspections.

Check for the following:

  • Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.
  • Valleys where different sections, sloped at different angles, meet. That’s where everything collects from leaves to pine needles to snow and of course, water.
  • Lots of accumulated grit from asphalt roof tiles which signals some shingle failure.
  • Roof overhangs and peeling paint on the undersides form water penetration.
  • Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
  • Missing or broken shingles.
  • Popped shingle nails or other metal pieces loose or risen.
  • Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes (roof jacks) or skylights.
  • Missing or damaged chimney cap. (OK, that’s technically not part of your roof, but since you’re looking anyway.)
  • Lots of moss or lichen, which signals roof decay (likely underneath). Black algae stains are only cosmetic.
  • Gutters which are failing or pulling away from the roof.

 

Check back soon for part 2. We will check the interior of your roof for damage.

 

Still confused or want more information?   Call or email us at RoofBidders.com    We love to provide FREE education to property owners. We will talk with you at no cost.  If you have a specific roof issue and can send us a photo via email, we will do our best to advise you on the specific issue.