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Aesthetic appeal is a major focus for property owners trying to plan their Bergen County roofing replacements and installations, but it's not their only concern. While looks are important, your choice of roofing materials can also help you save money on energy bills or long-term maintenance. Here are some guidelines on major roofing materials and how to select and combine them for the best results.

Let's begin with what's at the bottom. Your roof's surfaces are built on top of fiberglass, gypsum, plywood or concrete sheets that set the angle of the roof and act as stable planes for successive components, like the underlayment layers and shingles. While materials like plywood and gypsum are cheaper, they're not as hardy as fiberglass or concrete. Fortunately, all of these substances can be modified by adding bitumen composites and other specially formulated coatings that improve their material properties and aid the overall performance.

Of course, if you're only improving an existing roof, you may not want to replace the base layers, and in many cases, you won't even have to. These components are designed to be far removed from any environmental exposure, so they generally don't have to contend with the same degree of wear and tear as other parts of the roof deal with on a constant basis.

Underlayments go on top of the base materials.

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These include roofing felts, barrier membranes and other industrial fabrics or weaves. When choosing these products, remember that they come in different thicknesses that affect your roof's ability to let your attic breathe and insulate your building. Some blends are also more appropriate for longer term use and heavier shingles.

On flat or built-up roofs, underlayments generally include a range of synthetic materials and impregnated barriers that improve waterproofing capabilities. Because these roofs are generally formed by stacking numerous components, commercial property owners may get to exercise a greater degree of freedom when designing a new installation.

Other roofing layer materials include UV-reflectivity membranes and moisture barriers that allow air to pass through. With each of these special-purpose substances, however, it's important to ensure that you're not ignoring any compatibility warnings. For instance, some roofing adhesives degrade certain bitumen-impregnated roofing sheets, and letting your roofer install these in tandem may void your warranty.

Finally, the layers of metal, stone, ceramic or asphalt shingles that give your roof its characteristic appearance are placed on top of the other building materials. These substances are generally the first things to sustain damage during inclement weather, and they should be chosen to protect the underlying roofing materials from exposure. Just like with the other layers, it's important to follow manufacturer compatibility instructions and installation guidelines when placing the final components. Failure to do so could lead to serious wear and widespread damage.

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