Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Things To Know Before You Install A New Roof

by Edgar Cruz

Installing a new roof is a value-add for your house, but with so many options available, a buyer can get confused in a short period of time. There's no need to worry, however, as long as you're armed with the information you need to make the right roofing decision. So here are some things to know to make the process easier for you.

Average Roof Lifespan -- It's important that you understand the average lifespan for each of the more popular types of roofing material on the market. According to Tiger Home Inspection, here are some average life expectancy for common roofs:

  • Asphalt Shingle:  15 to 25 years
  • Wood Shingle:  10 to 20 years
  • Wood Shake:  20 to 40 years
  • Tile:  40 to 60 years
  • Metal: 20 to 60 plus years

Metal roofs have become increasingly popular as they provide the benefits of being lightweight yet extremely strong, reflective, which means they cool your attic and may reduce your energy costs and are easy to install over existing roofing, which can save you money.

Restoration Benefits -- Depending on the condition of your roof, you may opt to have a restoration done instead of a 'tear down,' which means your existing roof is stripped and a new roof is laid down. Restoration is the process in which damaged, missing and warped tiles are replaced and a special sealant is placed on the roof that provides additional protection against the sun, wind and rain. Restoration is much less expensive than a tear down, and if your roof doesn't have gaping holes, or is worn down beyond the point of repair, you may want to consider this alternative.

Tear Down Or New Layer -- When it comes to roof installation, you also have the choice of fully stripping your old roof to lay down a new one, or laying a new roof over an existing roof. If you opt to put a new layer over your old roof, you won't pay for a strip down, but the risk is that your roofing contractor won't find some underlying issues under the old roof, which may grow more serious even after a new roof is added. In addition, laying down two asphalt shingle roofs is very heavy, and may be prohibited by the building codes established by your local council. A tear down is more expensive, but is a comprehensive roofing installation that is designed to take care of all underlying repair issues.


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Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!