While your roof might not be your first thought when improving your home, it is the workhorse of a house. The roofing system is usually an afterthought second to the beauty of a bath or kitchen remodel. But the neglected roofing system is quietly working hard to shield your interior home from the harsh environment, in fact, it is only when a roof does not provide adequate shelter that this important structure becomes a high priority on a homeowner’s mind.
Available roofing materials in the Columbia and Lexington areas have increased in the last few years. Choosing the right roofing material can be confusing when faced with all the choices. Going into the process as an informed customer will help you make the right choice for your home’s roofing system. As curb appeal becomes a major concern for more homeowners, roofs can be one way to achieve desired results. Your local roofer can answer any question you have about roof replacement and roof repair.
Top Types of Roofing Materials
Cedar Wood Shingles – While wood shingles are often considered a preferred roofing material, they are not widely used. Cedar Wood roofing shingles give a house a classic charm and ages naturally over time. Wood has a high wind resistance that can usually withstand gusts of up to 200 miles per hour and often last up to 30 years. Cedar Wood roofing shingles often require some maintenance and can be expensive to install.
Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt roofing shingles are by far the most popular choice for today’s roofs in the Columbia and Lexington areas. Asphalt roofing shingles come in an array of styles and colors There are two types of asphalt shingles, architectural and three-tab shingles. The longevity of your roof will depend on which asphalt roofing shingle is installed.
Clay Tiles
Clay and concrete tiles have a resilience that can withstand strong winds, are energy efficient and more fire resistant than other options. Clay tiles must be installed by a professional and routinely maintained since they may crack over time. Also, clay roofing tiles may require an updated roof support system due to the heavy weight of the roofing material.
Metal
Metal roofing is one of the fastest-growing roofing materials on the market currently. And, its cost tends to be more than asphalt shingles but less than clay or wood. Metal roofs are created from large aluminum, steel, or copper panels or individual shingles also made from aluminum, steel, or copper. The most enticing characteristic of this roofing material is that it is practically maintenance-free and can lasts up to 50 years. Metal roofs must be custom-built and require an experienced installer. Your local roofer can answer your questions about the different roofing materials.
Replacement and Installation
Since roof replacement and installation is not a frequent job it is important to get good advice from an experienced, licensed roofer. While severe weather may do enough damage to require a full roof replacement, minor leaks and cracks can be harder to determine. If you are not sure about your roof’s overall condition it is important that you contact a qualified, licensed roofer to inspect your roof for damage. If it is time to repair or replace your roof, hire a certified roof installer from a reputable roofing company.
Your local, professional roofer in the Columbia and Lexington areas is your best avenue to a healthy, functional roof. Sands Roofing and Construction serves the Columbia, Lexington, and surrounding areas. We can answer your roofing questions. 1.803.520.6154