I bet you don’t look at your roof often. It sits above you, out of sight out of mind. There are some important things every homeowner should know about their roof. Understanding the way our roofs function and the materials used for roofing is a great way to help ensure that the roof on our home stays well-maintained and help us to make cost-effective decisions when it comes to our roofs.
You may think of your roof as one part of your home, but it has many facets that work together to keep your home warm and dry. First off, the rafters provide the roof structure. On top of the rafters lies the sheathing, which is often plywood. Over the sheathing, felt underlayment is laid to provide a moisture barrier between the sheathing and the roofing material. This underlayment also provides an extra layer of weatherproofing. Flashing and guttering help to ensure that water can get off of your roof so that it doesn’t rot. Fascia and soffit help disguise attic ventilation and also add visual appeal. Then there are roofing materials. Proper attic ventilation is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your roof. Airflow through the attic ensures that roofing materials don’t rot.
There are many options for roofing materials. Quality, longevity, and price vary widely, and it’s important that the long-term value of roofing materials is taken into account when considering a roof replacement. Slate tile is both the most expensive and longest lasting of roofing materials with a potential lifespan of up to 175 years. If slate isn’t in the budget, concrete or clay tiles are both aesthetically pleasing and available at a more reasonable price point. These options will range in price from $150 to $500 per 100 square foot. Metal roofing is a fairly lower cost, low maintenance roofing option, costing just $100 to $300 per 100 square feet and lasting between 20 and 25 years. Wood shake, though it is the most high-maintenance of roofing materials, can last 15 to 20 years and costs between $100 and $250 per 100 square feet. Asphalt shingle is a very popular roofing material, due in part to its low cost, despite its relatively short longevity of just 7 to 15 years. Architectural shingles are a great option if your budget is low but you are looking for a more attractive roofing option.
There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to maintaining and replacing your roof. Wind, rain, ice, snow, moss, algae, sun, and tree limbs can do serious damage to your roof and it’s important to find damage quickly before even more costly repairs are needed. Keep in mind that the lowest cost materials aren’t necessarily the best value in the long run. If possible, invest in a long-lived and beautiful roofing material that will not only make your home look great, but will also add value.
In the infographic below, John Anderson of Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration in Denver CO, helps you easily understand the most important aspects of your roof.
Source: Severe Weather Roofing Denver