The roofing system is one of the most important components of your property. A & J Reliable is pleased to provide the information below to help you understand how to keep your roof in the best possible condition.

Understanding Your Roofing System

A roof is essentially a protective, waterproof membrane. A complete roofing system consists of a combination of products, including ventilation, hip and ridge shingles, underlayment and attic insulation. These elements all work together to repel water, wind, sun, cold and other natural elements.

Types of Roofing Materials

The types of roofing material that you select have a tremendous impact on the performance of your roof. Aside from aesthetic considerations, your choice in roofing materials is influenced by environmental and practical factors. For example, a synthetic material such as EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) might be the ideal roofing material for a cold-weather climate. An asphalt shingle roof is a common option where cost is an issue.

Energy-Efficient Roofing Systems

Using Energy Star® rated products can enhance the performance of your roofing system. For instance, you can use certain shingles to reflect the sun’s rays and keep roofs cooler, which can result in a more comfortable environment. This can also translate into lower energy costs.

Regardless of which types of roofing materials are used, your roofing system should be constructed with the highest quality products and workmanship for the best performance.

Why Have Your Roof Evaluated?

A roof evaluation gives you the satisfaction of knowing your roofing system is operating at an optimal level. Roofing problems can easily go undetected. A roof can leak for years without showing visible signs, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

You should have your roof evaluated by a professional contractor to ensure there are no potential problems. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends getting your roof evaluated twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall. The evaluator will evaluate the roof, flashings, drainage system and other components and then provide a written report about any problems that were found. Photographs may also be provided to illustrate the issues that need to be addressed. You can use the evaluator’s findings to address problems while they are still small. This can save you considerable hassle and expense later.

Roofing Repair and Replacement

Making roof repairs can extend the life of your roof for 5 to 10 years. Repairs can remedy minor issues like leaks or damaged tiles and missing shingles.

But at some point, repair jobs will not sufficiently maintain the roof and a replacement will be in order. The time to replace a roof generally depends on its condition and age, as well as the material involved. A roof with asphalt shingles typically needs replacing around 20 years, while a more durable synthetic roof has a much longer life span.

If your asphalt shingles and roof deck are in satisfactory condition, you might be able to “recover” the roof without the extra expense of tearing off the existing shingles. If there’s any doubt about the integrity of your current roofing system, opt for a roof replacement. It may cost you more now, but it will serve you better in the long run.

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