roofing contractorYour roof protects your house and all that is within it. It does an excellent job regardless of the fact it rarely gets the attention and appreciation it deserves. These are some things to know about your roof, and how you can take care of it, according to an expert roofing contractor.

Roofing Contractor Tips: What is the best roofing material for a new house?

Like any other building material, the best results are often determined by where it is located and what the climate is like. Metal roofing is versatile and can be used almost anywhere. Its beauty and utility in all weather conditions place it at the top of my favorite list.

Roofs are known to “breathe”, but how does this translate into maintenance?

Attic ventilation allows moisture, extremely hot or very cold air to escape before it gets into your living space. The only thing you need to do is keep your attic clean. The vent system can be rendered useless if there are items in your attic that impede airflow.

To minimize air movement, if you have to store items in the attic, make sure they are placed as close as possible to the central part of your house. Do not block any vents or damaged insulation.

How do you clean your roof the best?

Roofs can function in almost all situations and don’t need to be maintained. It will require frequent cleaning if your roof is susceptible to moss growth or other growth. Use a garden sprayer to mix bleach and water and spray the mixture onto any affected areas. Use a garden sprayer to rinse the area. Rinsing from the top will prevent water from entering the shingles. You should exercise extreme caution, as your roof could become slippery if it is wet. Use a pressure washer to clean any type of roof. It is also not a good idea to scrub.

How can you tell if your roof has been correctly installed?

After the roof has been installed, do a thorough roof inspection. All the rubber boots and vents around penetrations should be replaced by your preferred roofer. All flashing in valleys and around chimneys should be new. Visually, the roof should be consistent in color and appear to have straight lines.

What factors impact the lifespan of roofs?

An asphalt shingle roof that is completely neglected will last for about 15 years. In milder climates, it may last 10 to 15 more years. Metal and slate roofing materials are more durable and can last for 50 years or longer.

The biggest factor that affects lifespan is the weather. Even if everything was perfect, wind and sun can cause damage to roofs. Shade protection and significant roof damage can be provided by trees. Tree branches should not touch the roof. Dead branches must be removed immediately.

Are there any new trends in roofing that you are noticing?

Everywhere I look, metal roofing is increasing in popularity. Metal roofing is superior to all other types of roofing materials available at the moment.

What are the common weak points in a roof for a typical two-story home?

Whatever type of roof you have can cause a weakness. Extra vulnerable are flashing around chimneys or where the roof meets dormer wall.

Is your insurance going to go up depending on what type of roofing material and why?

I am not an insurance agent. However, I do know that metal roofs are less likely to be damaged by storms. Insurance companies might prefer metal roofs over weaker asphaltshingles.

Because they aren’t fireproof, wooden shingles such as cedar shakes can cause insurance rates problems.

How often should your roof be inspected?

The average homeowner can inspect their roof from the ground at any time. It is recommended to inspect your roof once a year, once in spring and once each fall. Because of the damage caused by trees, I prefer to inspect my roof once per month.

Call a trusted roofing company like Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration if you see something unusual or if you recognize damage. Our team is always ready to help you with your roofing problems.

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Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration
4201 Carolina Exchange Drive Suite 202
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

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