A Good Roof Over Our Heads


American homeowners have a good deal of options when it comes to home designs and the materials involved in building it. For most homeowners calculating roofing material is an afterthought. It usually comes last on the list. What they don’t know is that roofing, if not properly installed and carefully chosen could eat up a huge part of the budget, including house maintenance cost.

Only when moss on roof starts showing up or when it starts leaking do we realize the enormity of the problem. While roof contributes greatly to the overall look of the house, what’s more important to be considered is if it is doing its job – protecting your home from all types of precipitation.

A great majority of American homes use shingles. They look more traditional, at the same time inexpensive and reliable. Choices range from asphalt, wood, clay to steel slates and shingles. Perhaps it would be best to lay down the two best options that would help homeowners gauge which one is best for them.

Asphalt Shingles

This is one of the least expensive types. Asphalt Shingles could last from fifteen to thirty years depending on the thickness and maintenance. If homeowners bother to check mold and mildew and continue regular roof cleaning, it could last a longer time than those that are left to decay under a thick growth of roof algae. One disadvantage of asphalt shingles is it’s ordinary. But if that is not much of an issue to homeowners then this could be the best way to go.

Steel Shingles

This kind of shingles is long lasting, lasting, resistant to fire, termites and some could already be resistant to mold and mildew which could permanently ruin your roof. Steel shingles provide durability and longevity that asphalt shingles can’t compare. Metal or steel roofing is a great choice for those homes in snowy places. Snow will just slip off the steel roofing and is tough enough to carry its weight without any worries about the roof crashing in on you.

These are only two options presented to you. There are more to choose from but in spite of of the style and material you choose, as a rule roofing should be properly installed and well maintained. It could last a lifetime if homeowners clean the roof regularly in addition as get rid of mold that grows on it. A well-built home has a good roof over our heads.

Never put roofing last on the list when building a home. For roofs to last, proper installation and maintenance should be practiced.

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