Roofing Renovations and Replacement
Many homeowners don’t usually think about their roof until it needs to be repaired. There are many options when choosing roofing materials for a new home, addition, and roofing repair projects and it may be worth it to consider options other than traditional asphalt shingles. Lavitech can help you make the most of your roofing project.
Asphalt Shingles are the most common roofing material of many houses across America. It’s one of the least-expensive roofing options, comes in many color variations of both solid and blended colors, and shingles being made today are usually guaranteed for 20 to 30 years, making them a great value for your home.
The common shingles being used are the three-tab shingle and a thicker variation called an architectural shingle. These shingles are built up to be about twice as thick as a normal shingle with the layers staggered to give them a heavier, more substantial or “architectural” look. In some colors they resemble slate and other colors wood shakes. Architectural shingles are only a slight increase in price and have up to a 30-year guarantee.
Photovoltaic shingles are a great way to incorporate solar panels to any roof without compromising the aesthetic value of your home. The flexible SHR can be seemlessly integreated into the pattern of a traditional asphalt singled roof. The PV shingle face is textured to blend and complement the granular surface of conventional surrounding shingles.
Each shingle is 12 inches wide by 86.5 inches long. It is nailed in place of roof decking over 30lb felt sheeting. Once in place the sun’s warmth helps bond shingles together forming a weather-resistant seal.
Wooden Shakes Over time weather has a much harsher effect on wooden shingles, but they will give your home its own unique style. Shingles are relatively smooth and cut to a uniform thickness and vary in width. Wood Shakes are thicker and rougher, being split rather than sawn from logs. Wood roofs are meant to breathe and should be laid over a substrate that allows air to circulate behind them.
Shakes and shingles are great looking but can become expensive to install and require some periodic maintenance, typically in the form of washing to remove any mildew or moss, and then re-oiling with a clear wood finishing product. A properly maintained wood shingled roof should last between 30 and 50 years.
Slate Roofing is typically found in high-end homes and municipal buildings. It can become very expensive but it can last for generations, looks great, and will shed ice and snow. A more cost-efficient option to slate has been fabricated from recycled rubber and plastic. This engineered slate is only about one-third the weight and cost of slate.
Metal Roofing in the form of corrugated, galvanized sheets, has been the standard roofing of barns, sheds, and other agricultural and utility buildings for years. This type of roofing is cheap, rugged, long-lasting, and easy to install.
On the other end of metal, copper roofing, installed very similar to corrugated roofing, has been used on luxury homes and public buildings for years.
One main trend with roofing materials, as with all building materials, is engineered roofing materials. This change has a lot to do with the high cost of wood and in many cases, codes now mandate the use of fireproof construction materials, also homeowners want a solid material that will not only look good but be able to withstand weather conditions for many years.