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We've come a long way from the thatched roofs that many of
our ancestors used to cover the shelters they called home.
Traditional and new roofing materials are better than ever
and available in many varieties and price ranges.
Regardless of the materials used, a new roof will add curb
appeal to a home and increase its resale value.
When buying a home, one important feature to consider is
the condition of the roof. Generally, if the roof is more
than 15 years old, chances are you'll have to replace it
soon. This cost should be factored into the purchase price
of the home.
Whether you are purchasing a home or concerned about the
condition of the roof on your existing home, spring is by
far the best time to do an inspection. This is when winter
damage is fresh and the dryer weather ahead will provide
the conditions needed to replace, patch or re-roof.
Depending on the roofing material used, look for obvious
damage - cracked tiles, missing shingles, warned or
gapping wood shakes. With asphalt roofs, look for thick,
weather-worn shingles. On a warm day, gently bend a few
shingles back. If they aren't flexible or if they crumble,
Before re-roofing with asphalt shingles, lift a few
shingles that are located away from the edge to see if
there is another layer of shingles below. If there is,
you'll need to have all the layers of old shingles removed
before re-roofing. However, if the roofing material is
less than 15 years old and there are only a few bad spots,
you may only have to patch these up. Asphalt shingle
repair is simple and inexpensive. This is a job you could
consider doing yourself.
Roofs can be deceiving. Sometimes you can't spot the
damage from the outside. If you suspect a problem, inspect
the roof from the attic or crawl space. Check for dampness
and dark water stains.
What's up in roofing materials
When it comes to roofing
materials, asphalt shingles still offer the greatest
versatility and continue to be popular among homeowners.
Available in a vast array of colours and textures, asphalt
shingles can conform to any shape. Compared to some
roofing materials, they are inexpensive and easy to
install and repair.
As a roofing material, wood shingles and shakes are less
popular these days. While any homeowners prefer the bold,
traditional, sculptured look wood shingles and shakes give
a home, concerns have been raised about how well they can
Cement and clay tiles enjoy a certain popularity and they
come in a variety of colours, shapes and textures. They
can, however, be both expensive and heavy and not the best
choice for many homes. Some companies now offer high-tech
alternatives to traditional roofing materials. These
combine versatility, light weight and durability with high
fire, weather, insect and mould resistance properties.
Lightweight aluminum roof shakes, for example, also help
lower energy costs by keeping your home warm in winter and
cool in summer. Other roofs use fibre-reinforced cement
that weighs about the same as wood or premium shingles and
comes in slate, shingle or wood shake forms.
Some roofs use earth stone granules and acrylic resin
bonded to aluminum or galvanized steel bases to capture
the pleasing look of tiles or the rich textures and strong
lines of wood shingles.
These new roofing materials often come in a variety of
colours, shapes, textures and sizes. They are generally
more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. But in
most cases, the extra cost is well worth it. Some of them
are backed by a 50 year guarantee, and most will look as
good 20 years and more from now as the day they were