Community Disaster Restoration has performed hundreds of roofing jobs. We inspect your roof for clear signs of storm damage. Hail damage can vary from visible bruises to blown off shingles. It is important to have these damages fixed as soon as possible after a storm to prevent further damage. These damages can cause leaks, rust, and even mold. During your FREE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, we will determine if there is hail or wind damage on your roof.
Asphalt shingles are the standard of the industry in roofing materials, due to durability and value in performance and longevity. Given the breadth of variety in regards to colors and style, being well suited to a wide range of climates, performing exceptionally well in reliable waterproofing, and ease of installation, it is clear why asphalt shingles are the go to roofing material.
Typically, asphalt shingles have around a 20 year lifespan. This lifespan is dependent on whether you live in an area with intense sunlight or temperature extremes, but can be relied upon as a solid baseline. There are upgrades of course, such as a heavy duty asphalt shingles that will reach as high as a 50 year life expectancy. A step further takes you into other materials such as slate tiles, concrete tiles, metal shingles, and other natural materials that can last even longer.
Asphalt shingles are not without disadvantages however, as they do have a shorter lifespan than heavier materials. Fading is somewhat common in darker shingles, as is the occasional inconsistency in color. Also, the right conditions can show black marks, caused by algae, which doesn't survive well in direct sunlight. Discoloration can be controlled or remedied by applying a sodium hypochlorite bleach followed by a fresh water rinse. As an option, an algae-resistant shingle such as Algae Block, by 3M is available on the market. These shingles incorporate copper granules, to help suppress algae growth.
slate and tile roof shingles
For beauty and sophistication, slate is most certainly at the top of its class, and typically slate tiles are installed on upscale homes. Slate is desirable for quite a few reasons. From slate's natural appearance and ease of maintenance, to a strong resistance to fire and rot, it also weighs in with an life expectancy of 100 years. Slate is available in a variety of colors and styles.
Now that we have mentioned weight, that is one of the biggest negatives for slate roofing material. Weight and cost, and the high degree of expertise needed for installation, make slate a little more prohibitive for the average homeowner. Finally, slate tiles break easily when walked upon, making gutter cleaning and roof maintenance a bit of a headache.
A ceramic tile roof gives a house character and is generally relatively durable. Compared to years ago, ceramic tiles are more colorfast in roofing applications, owed to improved manufacturing technologies. A quality ceramic tile roof has a lifespan of 50 to 70 years, and is fireproof.
As far as low points, ceramic roofs can suffer in climates prone to large swings in weather. Too wide of a weather spectrum can lead to erosion of ceramic tile roofing. Also, the tiles are fragile enough that high winds can damage them, as will walking on the tiles.
Metal roofs are gaining popularity, due to low maintenance, energy efficiency, fire resistance, low weight load and environmental friendliness. With a 50+ year life expectancy, metal roofing is a very attractive option.
Of course, no matter how many pros there are, there always exists a con. The biggest con in respect to metal roofs is cost, with installation costs being a little higher in respect to installation procedure. Denting can also be an issue, in severe weather, although structurally your home will still be protected, unlike other materials which can fail when hit with similar damaging forces.
Flat roofs can be a lot of work to prevent water from creeping under the material and damaging the substrate. Also, the sun can cause degradation over time, as flat roofs located in climates ranging hot to cold in a short period of time are more vulnerable to damage.
Flat roofs don't usually incur as much of a cost as pitched roofs during installation, and are a safer option, as there is less chance of falling when performing maintenance. They are usually easy to access and can allow you to achieve a certain visual appearance.
Unfortunately, flat roofs in general don't last as long as other types, sometimes requiring replacement or repair within 15 years. If your structure already has a flat roof, newer and "greener" systems offer less heat absorption and better protection to keep things dry underneath.
Wood shakes and cedar shingles
To go with the most green-friendly roof, consider a Wood Shake roof. Wood shakes are manufactured from naturally renewable resources, especially true if they are constructed from recycled wood or harvested in an environmentally sound way. Wood shakes have been employed as a roof covering for hundreds and hundreds of years and are now listed as a preferred environmental choice. With a cleaner, organic water runoff, a life expectancy of 30 years or more, and undeniable natural beauty, wood shakes are a solid investment for many homeowners.
Checking in with your state’s office of insurance regulation will be an important factor in determining repair or replacement.