Orange County NY Roofing: Article About Asphalt, Cedar and Metal Roofs
Drive through the area today and look at the Orange County NY roofing on your neighbors' homes. You will notice there are three most-common roofing materials used: asphalt shingles, cedar shakes and metal roofing. Each of these three roofing materials has its own set of pros and cons. If you are planning to have Precision Roofing install a new roof on your house in the upcoming year, there are plenty of factors to take into consideration when making your roofing material decision.
By and large, you will see more asphalt-shingled roofs than any other type. Why is this? First, asphalt shingles are very affordable. Plus, when you combine their low upfront cost with their lengthy life expectancy of 20 years or more, asphalt shingles are an excellent value. Of course, the lifespan of your asphalt-shingled roof greatly depends on how well you take care of it. Asphalt shingles do not require a large amount of maintenance, but it is important to inspect your roof annually so you can deal with small issues as they crop up. Another reason many homeowners choose this roofing material over any other is because asphalt shingles can be repaired or replaced so easily.
Cedar shakes and shingles offer your home a natural, rustic beauty that is unlike any other roofing material on the market. It is important to note that cedar roofing continues to get more beautiful as it ages.
The roofing experts at Precision roofing of Orange County NY can assist you with any questions regarding slate roofing or metal roofing.
When shopping for cedar shakes or shingles, make sure you purchase ones that have already been treated with a chemical preservative by the manufacturer. Additionally, you will still need to reapply wood preservative to your shakes or shingles every few years because they are quite susceptible to wood rot. If you care for your wood roof properly, it can potentially last on your home for 40 years or more. However, this is only true if you annually inspect your roof and take care of mildew or algae as it occurs.
A century ago, you may have seen many copper roofs scattered around Orange County. Since the price of copper has skyrocketed over the years, you will rarely see a new home with a copper roof nowadays. Aluminum and steel have become much more popular metal roofing materials because they are much more affordable and provide durability and longevity. When choosing a metal roof for your home, it is important to use gutters and fixtures of the same type of metal. If not, your metal roof will begin to deteriorate much faster than necessary. A chemical reaction known as electrolysis takes place when different metals are combined and exposed to the elements. Metal roofing does not require a ton of maintenance work, but it should be inspected on a yearly basis. Typically, you can expect to get at least 20 years of use from your metal roof.
As you can see, no matter which roofing material you choose, you will need to annually inspect it if you hope to get the longest possible life from your roof.