How To Pick The Perfect Roof

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If you need to install a new roof or replace an old roof for your home or business, then you might be overwhelmed. After all, there are so many different options available at so many different price points. To help you out, here is a brief overview of some of the most popular types of roofs:

Asphalt Shingles

These are one of the most popular options among residential buildings. Asphalt shingles are fairly cheap, reasonably durable, and will probably last a couple decades. On top of that, there are quite a few different colors to choose from.

However, they are only useful if you have a sloped roof, which might rule industrial applications. Unfortunately, they can be damaged by long hours of intense sunlight, so you'll have to consider whether the trade-off is worth it if you live in an area that gets a lot of sun.

Metal

Metal roofs are extremely common for businesses, since they are durable and quite cheap to install. They're also very lightweight, which can be an important safety feature if you live in an area that might suffer from earthquakes. In the terrible scenario that your roof does collapse, a metal roof will do a lot less damage than a heavier roof (such as asphalt). Metal roofs are also highly resistant to wind and heat damage.

On the other hand, they aren't very good for insulation, which might increase your HVAC expenses. During cold months, a metal roof will let a lot of heat escape the building, while it will let a lot of heat into the building during hot summer months. This is because metals are generally good conductors, which means that they can absorb a good a deal of the thermal properties of the surrounding environment.

Green

This is an increasingly popular option in urban environments, since it offers several important economic and ecological benefits. A green roof consists of a variety of plants that are grown on top of the building.

In a bustling city, temperatures are a lot higher due to the density of people and industry. Green roofs try to counteract this elevated temperature by functioning as natural insulators. The heat that is absorbed by the plants is used in photosynthesis, which increases the amount of oxygen and decreases the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.

The plants themselves also remove dust and particulates from the air, resulting in higher air quality for everyone.

On top of all that, green roofs also reduce storm water runoff, which helps reduce strain on the city's sewer during the rainy season. Contact a roofing company like Roofs by Rodger for more information.

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