Top Down

So for most, you would generally start from the foundation up.  However I am not like most and, and I am going to start from the top down and begin this blog with Roofing.

 

With the vast array and selection of different materials, brands, price ranges, and over all durability of roofing to choose from, which roofing material is best suited for you and your application?  One of the first questions is, where do you live and what is the climate like?  If you are situated in an area where there is plenty of rain, well then a thatched or wood roof is probably not the best choice to make.  Lets take a look at the different climates across the United States and what the best material to use would be.

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Because of it’s durability, insulation value, cost effectiveness, and wide range of styles and colors, Asphalt Shingles are most common in climates that have a wide range of temperature and varying amounts of moisture, like in the northeast of the United States.  Residents here can expect snow, rain, bitter cold, and heat waves at different times of the year, so the versatility of Asphalt Shingles is a common choice.

 

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To the south, folks can expect to see tropical storms, high levels of moisture and humidity, plenty of sun and heat.  A metal roof is the best choice for this application.  It isn’t effected by the large amounts of rain and humidity this part of the states are known for.  Also with a wide range of styles and colors to choose from, you can drastically change a homes appearance.

 

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When it comes to heavy snow and damaging hail like in the Midwest states, nothing compares to a Slate roof.  Thick and heavy duty, and made to with stand these elements, slate is a by and away the best choice to make.  Not the most inexpensive choice, however  a Slate roof is built to last decades, and stand the test of time, and the elements.

 

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Wood roofs are the norm in the plain states.  With varying mid range temperatures, and not a lot of rain, this is the perfect choice.  They take on a life of their own, and change color through out their life span.  Inexpensive to install and maintain is a great value as well.

 

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Clay Roofs are also built to stand the test of time.  Not quite as durable as Slate, but when are you ever going to get snow and hail in the desert?  The semi curricular design of a Clay tile helps to deflect the suns powerful rays, while also allowing the homes attic space to be properly ventilated, keeping the living space cooler.  Most commonly used in the Southwest, it also blends perfectly into it’s surrounding terrain, becoming part of the desert landscape.

 

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Which ends us up in the Northwestern states, where the rain, snow, and moisture are most predominate, and can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew.  Residents of this hash climate vary in their opinion of either to choose a Metal Roof, or go with a versatile, cost effective Asphalt shingle.  Either way you go, you always must choose a good, qualified, dependable roofing contractor to install, repair, or maintain one of your homes most vital elements, it’s Roof.

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