From the burning sun to the blustering winds, your roof defends your home daily from the elements. To keep it in good condition, it’s wise to arrange regular inspections and maintain your roof.

Without proper inspection and maintenance, your roof can begin to deteriorate. For example, if slipped or cracked tiles remain unnoticed, they can cause a leak in your home. Which, over time, can damage the ceiling joist rafters and the walls.

If you think your roof needs repairing or replacing. Contact the Christian Brothers Roofing company to arrange an assessment and quote.

Roof Materials 

If you need a roof replacement, below is a breakdown of the materials you can choose from.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are expensive but very long-lasting. There are two types of slate; hard and soft slate.

Hard slate will last up to 200 years, whereas soft slate lasts 100 years. They are both weather-resistant and provide exceptional insulation for buildings. 

But, to install slate, you must have the correct roof structure to hold its weight. 

Concrete and Clay

Clay and concrete roof tiles can last anywhere from 50 to 100 years. They are favored in areas exposed to hot weather because they are fire-resistant and absorb heat slowly. 

Moreover, clay and concrete roof tiles can be shaped to allow increased airflow. 

Another benefit is algae will not grow on clay or concrete roof tiles, and rot will not affect these materials either.

Asphalt Composite Shingles 

Asphalt shingles are either made from fiberglass mat base and asphalt with minerals, or recycled asphalt and minerals to create a cellulose mat base. The latter is also referred to as organic asphalt shingle and tends to be more durable. 

The benefits of asphalt shingles are, they deflect sunlight and heat, keeping your roof and building cool. Additionally, they will withstand strong winds up to 130 miles per hour. 

Plus, there are various colors to choose from to suit your home or building.

Metal Roof

For a roof that requires barely any maintenance, metal roofs are ideal. They’re tough, and during hot weather, metal roofs reflect the heat, keeping your home cool.

For a brief overview of the different metal roof materials available, see below.

  • Steel: Steel is sustainable, robust, and can be painted and styled to suit various homes. Steel roofs put up the ultimate defense against extreme and swift climate changes.
  • Aluminum: A lightweight material that won’t rust or corrode in poor weather conditions.
  • Copper: Copper is weather-resistant and won’t corrode or rust. But it is more expensive to buy. 
  • Zinc: One of zinc’s distinct properties is its self-healing protective layer. For instance, if it gets scratched, it’ll mend itself over time. Zinc roofs are easy to maintain and long-lasting.

Metal roofs can be crafted into corrugated roof panels or standing seam roof panels. 

Corrugated Roof Panels

Corrugated roof panels consist of metal sheets with consistent waves across the width. The sheets are merged and fastened to the roof sheathing. 

Please note the mechanisms used to bind the panels to the roof are exposed to the elements, which will cause them to deteriorate over time. 

An extra benefit of corrugated roof panels is that they can cover your existing shingles.

Standing Seam Metal Roof Panels

In comparison to corrugated roof panels, the mechanism will not be on show. Standing seam roof panels are raised slightly to allow rainwater and snow to run off instead of resting between each roof panel. 

Wood

Wood shingles and shakes provide a traditional, warm appearance to your home. But they need a lot of ongoing care to keep in good condition. 

Regular maintenance includes treating the shingles with water, fire, and fungicide repellents and cleaning away moss and algae.

Wood shingles are thin cuts of smooth wood in identical sizes. Whereas wood shakes are cut by hand. Thus, they are thicker and rougher to look at and touch.

Query The Warranty

The roof’s longevity depends on many factors, like the installation and weather conditions. Thus, when purchasing a new roof, always query the warranty and any maintenance that’s needed.

While assessing the warranty, be mindful of the following;

  • The length of the warranty
  • What the warranty covers
  • Whether you can pass it on to a new homeowner 

If you need an inspection, repair, or roof replacement, contact Christian Brother Roofing for help. 

Christian Brothers Roofing can advise;

  • What work the roof needs
  • Materials suitable for your home’s structure
  • Materials based on the area’s weather conditions 
  • And what will fit in with your neighborhood and homes’ style. 

To book a consultation call 770-734-6700 today.

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