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A 5-Step Guide for Roof Replacement

Roof replacement is one of the most expensive home upgrades. The extensive home improvement project offers multiple benefits such as enhanced home aesthetics, improved energy efficiency, better protection, and improved resale value. Whatever the motivation behind your roof replacement, start with intense research on the project. With the right information, you’ll find it easier to plan and manage the project. Use this quick guide that outlines the main steps in roof replacement.

What to Know About Architectural Shingles

home with shinglesYour home’s roof is an incredibly important feature. Therefore, it’s important to keep yours well maintained and replace it when necessary. If your roof is getting worn and old, it may be time to consider a new roof. However, thanks to advancements in technology, there are many roofing options from which to choose. If you love the advantages of traditional asphalt shingles but want to take them to the next level, you may want to consider architectural asphalt shingles. To learn more and see if architectural shingles are right for you, check out these commonly asked questions.

Keep Your Roof Safe This Winter

A lot of maintenance work should happen before the snow starts to fall. However, you can still take care of your home throughout the winter if you want to cut down on the number of repairs you’ll need to make in the spring. Today, look at the steps you can take to keep your roof together and well-kempt all season long.

4 Reasons to Install Rubber Roof Shingles

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Choosing the right roof shingles isn’t always a simple decision. You have to find a material you like the look of that is also strong and durable enough to do a good job.
As you look at options, don’t forget to add rubber shingles to your shortlist. Rubber doesn’t just work well on flat roofs — you can also buy it as shingles for some sloped and pitched roofs. What are the advantages of using this roofing material?

Buying a New Home? Check the Roof

Buying a new home is likely the largest single investment you will ever make. As such, to make a successful purchase, make sure you buy a house that is sound inside and out. If a home’s roof has any existing issues, repairs will likely be expensive, so you should know what you are getting into. Before you purchase your dream home, check its roof for the following problems.

Recognizing Common Forms of Roofing Weather Damage

Your roof helps to protect your home from the elements, but your roof can still suffer when Mother Nature throws her full strength at it. As a Maryland homeowner, you know that your house faces a gamut of weather events. From warm summers to snowy winters, this state has it all. Unfortunately, that can also include the occasional severe storm or even hurricane.

What You Should Know About Rubber Roofing

Contractors have two types of rubber roofs to choose from. One style is ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, EPDM, which consists of a roll of rubber material. Roofers tend to use EPDM more for commercial than residential buildings. The other style of rubber roofing consists of rubber shingles, which are common for residences.

Here is what you need to know about the composition, advantages, and installation of these rubber roofs.

Composition of EPDM

The rubber roofing membrane, EPDM, has two primary ingredients, ethylene and propylene. Both are derivatives of natural gas and petroleum. Manufacturers produce a single-ply rubber roofing membrane at either 45 or 60 millimeters. The rolls come in widths ranging from 7 ½ to 50 feet. EPDM roofing membranes are available in both white and black.

Benefits and Uses of Copper Roof Flashing

Flashing is cut-to-fit, sheet-metal material fastened under shingles and vulnerable roof areas. Flashing prevents water from seeping into the roof decking, attic, and home. Copper is a reliable, long lasting material that’s often used for roof flashing. Here’s a quick guide to the benefits and uses of copper for roof-flashing applications.

Copper Flashing Outlasts Shingles

If you choose to have copper flashing installed on your home, you may never need to have flashing installed again. That’s because copper used for flashing is a long-lasting material that won’t need to be replaced nearly as soon as your roofing shingles.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Eco-Friendly Roofing Materials

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Although some types of roofing material are more eco-friendly overall than others, there is no such thing as a carbon-neutral roof. Still, even environmentalists need roofs. Here are some strengths and weaknesses to help you weigh the environmental impacts of different roofing materials that are considered eco-friendly.

Metal:

Some of the biggest selling points for metal roofing as an eco-friendly material are its reflectivity, its longevity, and its recyclability. It’s true that metal roofing can be a cooler roof than, say, natural slate, which is typically darker in color and less reflective. Metal roofing is also lightweight, meaning it takes less fuel to transport than heavier roofs.

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