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What roofing material is best in your climate?

Generally homeowners will pick  roofing materials based on the climate of the area. The United States greatly varies in temperature and climates throughout the 50 states, so choosing climate appropriate roofing is important. Basically, you can’t always chose the same roofing as someone that lives in a different part of the country.

In places such as the Northeast where they have very cold winters, asphalt shingles do a great job standing up to the snow and the cold temperatures. They are also easy to replace if one or two shingles get damaged, and one of the least expensive shingle types for when the whole roof needs to be replaced.

Metal roofing is a great recommendation for places with tropical storms such as the Southeast. It is strong enough to withstand the power of hurricanes or monsoons but it is versatile and is able to protect the home from the sun and the heat of the south.

The Midwest gets hit with all types of weather patterns including hot summers and freezing winters with a lot of snow and hail. For this reason slate tile roofs are a great choice because they will hold up to the snow and hail, but won’t disintegrate due to the stresses and fluctuations of the climate.

The sun in the Southwest can be brutal in the desert, and roofing takes on a new role in sunny climates. It isn’t so much to keep the roof protected from storms and debris but to reflect the sun rays to keep the home cool and energy efficient. Clay tiles work very well in this type of climate and matches well with the architecture of the area. The clay is able to soak up some of the sun and keep the home underneath cool making it more energy efficient.

The Northwest is the part of the country that the roofing style can most fluctuate. Asphalt or metal roofing are the most common in the area, for the climate of the area is predominantly overcast with heavy rain. Asphalt roofs are loved for the versatility of the material, although with heavy rain they must be treated so they moisture doesn’t destroy the roof below the shingles. Metal roofing is a common choice in overly wet climates because it deflects the moisture.

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Why is roofing different in different areas?

Roofing varies across the country based on the geographic location and the elements those areas experience. The roofing has to be able to hold up to the natural elements of the area.  If the material isn’t able to hold up to the elements homeowners have to replace their roofs a lot more and that is not efficient or inexpensive.

Places like Washington state where it is very rainy would not have wood roofing because the shingles would rot and warp with the moisture. But wood roofing would be great in places like Southern California where the temperatures and weather patterns are fairly steady.

Clay tiles wouldn’t hold up well in places like Colorado because of the snow and hail. The clay would crack and chip with the hail and couldn’t bear the weight of a heavy spring snow. But they would be great on either coast with the constant sunshine. They absorb the sun and keep the house cooler.

Asphalt and Slate shingles hold up well in all climates and they are seen all across the country. They are able to hold up to snow, hail, rain, heat, and every other element. They are also less expensive than other materials so they are a popular choice for homeowners. The only downfall is that they are less durable than some other types of shingles and they have a lower lifespan.

Metal roofing is a great choice for all climates! They can withstand anything and they have an incredible lifespan. Ranging anywhere from 50-100 years, they are a lifetime roof. They are more expensive but they don’t need replacing very often and they protect homes regardless of the circumstance. Metal roofing is very popular in states that have tropical storms such as Florida because they have a better chance at surviving a storm than asphalt shingles do. Metal roofing is heavy so the structure of the home should be checked to ensure that the home can hold the weight load. 

Regardless of the area or climate there is sure to be a perfect type of roof for your home it might just take some searching.

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Insulating a garage… Is it worth it?

Insulating a garage is a bit pricey and homeowners don’t love to spend the money to insulate a room where you park your car. Although most people don’t spend tons of time in their garage, insulating it has a significant effect. Especially in climates that are very cold such as Colorado winters. When temperatures reach into the negatives during the heart of winter, having an insulated home is important to homeowners. People spend lots of money heating their homes to make it comfortable and warm to live in. Insulating the garage may not seem like much, but when the door opens and shuts the cold air comes in and makes the interior of the home colder. Often laundry and storage is in the garage, so having a cold garage makes wintertime chores miserable.  Adding insulation also makes the rooms above and around the garage a little warmer. Generally the room directly above the garage is the coldest room in the house. So spending the money to insulate the garage can be justified by saving money on heating bills. Especially if the room above the garage is a bed room it may be beneficial to insulate it. This also can benefit homeowners in the summer, because the AC bill will be lower, and the house will stay at a more comfortable temperature. If you spend a lot of time in your garage fixing cars, bikes, or playing games it may be worth insulating and heating your garage. It is usable recreation space that could be made comfortable with some minor fixes. If the garage is just the car’s home, still consider the positives of insulating and consider what rooms are around the garage that need to be warmed.

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There was a major storm but my roof looks fine… Do I still need someone to look at it?

It is always smart to have someone take a look at your home after a storm, there may be more damage than you can see with the naked eye. Hail, snow, wind, and rain can all harm a roof in varying ways. Depending on the severity of the storm, it could do anything from remove shingles to knock some pieces loose or do nothing at all. Giving the wide range of potential damages, it is beneficial to have someone look at your home even if you can’t see any damages. Poor roofing can lead to cracks and leaks which is an expensive fix for a homeowner. Storms especially hail can cause damage to the sealing strips. Homeowners can save money by having a professional look at their home after a storm because it is much easier to replace bits and pieces throughout the lifespan of the home than have to replace the whole thing because of some damages. Generally a roof lasts a certain amount of time based on the geographic area where the house is located. That lifespan ranging anywhere from 10-30+ years depending on the type of roofing you have. Being prompt with the roof repairs can make that life expectancy increase and the value of the home remain sound.

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