Buy Your Roof With Bad Weather In Mind

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Roof repairs seldom come when you have a bunch of extra cash sitting in a bank vault. In fact, if you are like most people, repairing your roof after a bad hailstorm or a ravaging windstorm can put a real strain on an already strained budget. If you live in an area that is prone to nasty weather, you should be more concerned about avoiding repair costs than you are about keeping installation costs low. A good metal roof is your best option for helping your roof to weather the weather. 

Asphalt Shingles: Initially Inexpensive but Ultimately Unnecessarily Expensive

As a money-strapped homeowner, your first thought when buying a new roof for your home is most likely the need to keep costs low. An asphalt-shingle roof is the cheapest option on the market, but when you look at how an asphalt shingle will help you to save money, the list of money saving benefits is quite short: they help you save money initially. On the other hand, when you look at how asphalt shingle roofs can cost you money down the road, the list is quite long:

Hail can punch holes right through asphalt shingles, and a gale-force wind can rip them right off of your home. Even if hail does not punch clear through your roof, it can scrape the protective granules off of your roof, and then the UV rays of the sun can bake all the volatiles out of the asphalt, making it brittle. Cracks will soon follow, and those cracks will develop into leaks. When you consider how the weather can undermine shingles, it should come as no surprise that asphalt shingle will last for twenty years at best. Weather damage and roof failure will lead to high repair and replacement costs. 

Enter the Money-Saving Metal Roof

A galvanized steel roof can last up to sixty years. What this means is that you would have to replace your asphalt-shingle roof three times or more before you have to replace your metal roof even once. As long as you get a heavy gauge of steel, you don't have to worry about hail denting your roof. Because a metal roof requires screws to hold the panels in place, you don't have to worry about the wind ripping the roof off of your home. In short, a metal roof will weather the weather and save you money in the process.

While a metal roof costs more money to install than asphalt shingles, it will not cost three times more money. Thus, in the long run you will spend more money repairing and replacing your asphalt-shingle roof then you will spend on a metal roof. For the wise homeowner, buying a metal roof is the best money-saving option. 

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17 March 2015

The Benefits of a Flat Roof

My name is Janet, and I am a professional architect and interior designer. While I love to design and decorate homes, I have recently developed another passion. I have fallen in love with the flat roof. Most people only see flat roofs in tall buildings in urban areas, but suburban homes can have them too. You can have a roof with a living space, a garden or even a pool. You simply need to design it so that water is adequately drained, and you can enjoy your roof almost as if it were an extra room. Explore the possibilities of flat roofs with me.