Hiring a roofing contractor to replace the roof on your home can be a stressful and daunting task. Your roof is one of the most significant investments to the exterior of your home, protecting your family and belongings from the elements. In the state of Maryland, one of the biggest things to consider before hiring any roofer is whether they are licensed. You’ll want to check to make sure they have general liability and workers comp insurance as this protects you if there is ever an injury on your property. You’ll want to ask them about their experience with your type of roof pitch and material to be installed. With the power of the internet, you should not only ask them for references but Google their brand to see what type of reputation and reviews they have online. Ask them how long it takes to complete the install, and how backed up their schedule is. Lastly, price should also be a major consideration. However, like with anything, you get what you pay for. A quality contractor should come in somewhere in the middle, as this reflects that they aren’t cutting corners being the cheapest, while also not price gouging with the highest price. A contractor that offers pricing that seems too good to be true … it very likely is.
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You may want to deny it, but at some point, your roof should be replaced or upgraded. After all, your home needs protection from elements. Replacing or upgrading your roof is a huge undertaking. Apart from protecting your home, it will affect the appearance in a big way.
A new roof shouldn’t be something worth investing every year. That’s why you’ve got to settle on a roofing shingle type, style, and color that’s best suited for your needs.
Selecting Your Shingle
When choosing Shingles, one of the things that you have to decide is the type to use for your roof. If you prefer the asphalt-based Shingles, you should understand the difference between the 3-tab and laminate Shingles. These are the two most popular options for residential homeowners.
The 3 Tab Shingles
The three-tab Shingles are affordable and can last for decades in the right conditions.
Architectural or Laminate Shingles
This type of asphalt shingle is designed with a heavier base mat featuring several layers of refined asphalt. The tabs come in different shapes and sizes with more dimensional appearance.
Selecting the Style and Features Ideal for Shingle
When selecting your Shingles, there are a few things you should take into account.
You need to figure out the dimension that your Shingles should have. Most laminate Shingles, for instance, are designed to give a shadow effect. This makes your roof have an ultra-dimensional look.
Protection from Algae
If you live in areas that are prone to algae, look-out for Shingles that feature built-in guards against discoloration.
To safeguard your home and everything in it consider Shingles that feature Class A fire rating (these are effective against severe exposure)
You shouldn’t forget to take note of environmental conditions as well. If you’re in a region that’s prone to snow or high winds, your Baltimore Shingles have to stand-up to such challenges.
Settle On the Ideal Color
Once you know the style and type of shingle that you want, the next step is to select the color. This may seem simple at first but can turn out to be the hardest part of the process. Here are a few things to take into account when selecting your roofing Shingles color.
The Climate of Your Area
The color of your Shingles can affect your attic temperature by between 20 to 40 degrees. This can make a huge difference to the cooling and heating cost of your home. If you have a usable attic, you may want to consider whether you have more cold or warm days in a year when setting up your roof.
Light Baltimore Shingles are best known for deflecting sunlight, and this keeps the temperatures down during the hotter climate. The darker Baltimore Shingles absorb heat, which helps homes stay warm in colder climates. The dark Baltimore Shingles can also help the ice and snow on your roof melt faster.
Your Home’s Exterior Elements
If your home’s exterior is white, you can use any color of your choice. What makes the difference here is your homes architectural design and your most preferred color. If your house is made of wood, you’ll probably want to stick with colors that complement it such as grey, black, and brown.
You may also want to check-out Baltimore Shingles that feature high-definition profile which can mimic the look of natural wood. If you’re living in a brick house with a single color, you may want to have your roof with different patchwork colors. It’s best not to color mix. If possible stick with dark green, black, dark brown and grey.
If you think of sticking with a neutral color, ensure that you add some flare with striking pallet if it suits your overall personality.
Survey Your Neighborhood
Does anyone in your neighborhood have a roof that you admire? Take time and ask them the type of shingles they’ve used and which Baltimore shingle roofer installed them. Knowing what your neighbors have makes it easier for you to figure out what choices can make your house stand out.
Some states have strict environmental codes which require roof colors to be reflective. If this is the case, you should get in touch with a roofing expert to guide you on the shingle roofing color choices that work for you. You may end up being limited to special white asphalt Shingles and probably shades of brown and grey.
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Below we’ve put together some answers to the most frequently asked questions
The answer to this is, “it depends”. There are many variables, and everyone’s situation is different. Not every roof needs to be replaced, but not every roof is a candidate for roof repairs. One of the most important factors is the age of your roof. The older your roof is, the more brittle it becomes, which means that repairing your roof may not be possible. Beyond just your roof’s age, you should also consider if your roof has missing shingles, if there are granules in your gutters, the condition of your flashing, if your roof is currently leaking and whether or not algae is blooming on your roof.
The only way to confidently answer this question is with a thorough storm damage roof inspection. Most modern roofs are designed to withstand the elements. However, even the strongest of roofs can begin to fail when exposed to prolonged hail, wind and snow storms. In many instances, your homeowner’s insurance can cover storm damage to your roof and exterior. To determine whether you have storm damage, a roofing contractor should examine your roof for broken and missing shingles, potential leak spots, and any hail indents or bruised shingles.
This is an extremely frequently asked question. There are many factors to consider when choosing between a shingle or metal roof. The most obvious is budget and cost. A shingle roof is one of the most popular roofing materials in the United States because of its cost. A shingle roof tends to be the short-term cost effective option, however a metal roof can be a more cost-effective long-term option. You may need to have a shingle roof replaced 2 or 3 times during the lifespan of a metal roof. Metal offers not only better durability, but longevity as well compared to asphalt shingles. There are also other considerations, such as does your HOA allow for metal, or strictly shingles.
This answer also depends on several variables, including the slope and size of your roof, as well as the type of material being installed. In most cases, an asphalt shingle roof can be replaced in as little as one day!
The lifecycle of a roof depends on the type of roof that you are installing, as well as additional factors like the quality of materials being used, and the craftsmanship of the contractor. Even the highest grade roofs can fail quickly if the contractor does not install the roof to manufacturer specifications. On average, a shingle roof will last about 15 to 25 years. A metal roof can last about 30 to 50 years. A tile roof can last from 50 to over 100 years. A cedar shake will generally last about 20-35 years. A slate roof tends to last the longest of any roofing material, from 50-100+ years!