Sound Renovation Services: Roofing
The life expectancy of asphalt roofing shingles ranges from 12 to 25 years. This means that it is possible for a quarter century to pass before the idea of replacing the roofing system occurs to the average homeowner. Materials, colors, weight and serviceability of shingles will be quite different in that time.
It is possible for a homeowner to replace a shingled roof on their home. However, the majority will hire a professional roofing company for the job. Most companies offer free estimates that help the family understand the massive job of even a modest home roof replacement.
Removal of the materials, most frequently asphalt shingles and underlayment, is a messy job. A trained roofer uses a special tool to scrape the old materials off, revealing bare wood. Rotten, split or decaying wood is removed and replaced. Flashing and areas around chimneys and vents are inspected for signs of water damage.
The spent material may be disposed of in a couple ways. Landfills receive the largest percentage of old roofing materials. The debris is hauled away in a truck or dumpster and fees are paid. Then, it is covered over. Recycling of old asphalt shingles is becoming more common but is not available in every community.Asphalt shingles are made of petroleum based materials. They may be ground up and used to make cold patch or aggregate for road repairs and construction. Roofing nails are removed via magnet and recycled. Be sure to ask your roofing professional if recycling is available in your area.The contractor will begin placing the underlayment and the drip edge, and then shingles are placed from the bottom of the roof edge, working up. Each successive layer is strategically placed over the preceding layer so they overlap. Snow, rain, hail and leaves roll gently down to the eaves and then gutters. Gutter guards will prevent the larger pieces of debris from collecting and interfering with drainage.
Flat roofs are another widely used option. They are typically made of durable materials such as asphalt or rubber, although they generally do not last as long as their pitched counterparts. Water also cannot escape as easily, so more of it is retained on the roof's surface. Flat roofs are easy to design and install, making them a very affordable option for many homeowners. They also require less maintenance, making them a great choice for busy homeowners who do not have time to care for their roofs on a regular basis.
Flat roofing systems are very durable, which means that homeowners will only need to inspect them roughly once every few months. However, individuals can be as vigilant as they would like with their inspection duties because the roof provides all homeowners with easy access to its surface, resulting in more efficient and safer maintenance.
EPDM roofing systems are popular as well. EPDM roofing is made with a special type of rubber polymer that offers incredible durability and versatility in its structure. This makes EPDM one of the longest lasting options available, which can be ideal for larger installations. These roofing systems are also often easier to install and maintain, which can be more advantageous, depending on what the business owner's maintenance schedule is like.
If your roof is due for replacing or if you just do not know how old your shingles are, contact a professional roofing contractor for an inspection. They can help you decide what the best roofing system is for your area. You can request an estimated cost for removal, disposal and replacement of the old materials. Then, kick back and let another quarter century pass by.