A poor roof can reduce the overall value of your building. It is important to install the best roofing and to maintain it regularly to protect your investment. You need to inspect your roof at least twice a year. Look for any potential problems or damage. Check for missing tiles and cracks that may become an expensive problem down the road. You also need to identify problems such as low-hanging branches and clogged gutters and correct them before serious damage is done. When it comes to shingles, not all roofing material is the same. Each shingle material requires different attention to maintain it properly.

How to Maintain Your Roof Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

This is the most commonly used material for shingle roofing. Low-maintenance and economical but they are not great with all types of weather. UV rays from the sun can cause cracks if there is no protective coating and hail or heavy rains can cause displace granules. To get the longest life out of asphalt shingles, you need to apply a protective UV coating and flexible base.

Wood Shingles

Wood requires more upkeep than other materials. It is a very popular choice because it is aesthetically pleasing and versatile. Before choosing wood shingles, make sure you consider the following:

  • Humidity in the area
  • Proximity to seawater
  • Quality of the lumber

A qualified contractor also needs to do the installation for wood shingles. Wood shingles need to be pressure-treated and maintained with sealants. Without this, the sun and rain can cause wood shingles to curl which increases the risk for fractures. When properly coated and maintained, wood shingles can last 10-15 years longer than asphalt shingles.

Tile Shingles

Tile shingles are very sturdy and last longer than most materials. Tiles can be made from concrete or stone as well as porcelain and clay. Concrete and stone tiles are the most durable. Clay tiles become brittle in colder weather but can withstand high temperatures. Tile choice usually depends on the climate you live in. You need to hire a professional contractor for this task who is familiar with weight restrictions as these are very heavy. Tiles can last up to 50 years, with the right care, but be prepared to replace the basal layer every ten years.

Slate Shingles

Slate is great for high winds and can withstand heavy rain too. This is what makes them a popular choice. Slate is durable but heavy, so it needs to be installed by a professional. The additional weight typically requires extra architectural reinforcement. Slate tiles need to be checked regularly and any problems need to be fixed right away.

Metal Shingles

Metal shingles are superior when it comes to keeping out rain and moisture and they can reflect heat rays from the sun. They are one of the most popular choices, but also expensive. Hail is the only enemy to the metal as it can dent the shingles. Heavy winds can also cause a lot of damage, especially if the shingles are not properly installed.

Final Thoughts

Every material has its own benefits. The choice comes down to budget, needs, and the local climate. Reach out to the experts and we can help you find the best fit for your home. With professional installation and regular maintenance, you will get the most of any shingle roofing and protection for your home.

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