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1. Roof Material types for residential properties:

There are many options to consider when it comes to your homes protection from the elements. Take into consideration the durability, longevity and appearance that you are trying to achieve for the roof replacement project. The most commonly used roof materials are “asphalt shingles” that range in many assorted styles, colors and most asphalt manufactures offer an impact resistant – Hail resistant shingle that will save you from having to replace your roof form mild hail storms. Warranties range from 20 years to 30-year shingles.

“Tile or concrete” roofs are very beneficial for having a maintenance free roof that is the most durable in most climates but is the most expensive. The extra costs involved in these types of roofs are labor to install, roof materials and the labor costs to support the weight of the heavy tile roofs. Also consider the fact that they are not easy to walk on once installed and a trained professional can walk on them without damaging the tiles. Warranties for Tile or concrete roofs range from 40 years to lifetime.

“Metal roofs” are in the mid-range of roof replacements and can be installed over 1 layer of asphalt shingles. Most homes in higher elevation use metal roofs to allow the snow to run off higher pitched roofs. Metal roofs come in many assorted styles and available in any color. A fact to consider is that metal roofing is not impact resistant and will get hail damage if mother nature attacks. Warranties for metal roofs range from 25 years to 50 years.


Ventilation is an important part when replacing your roof and its not always best to keep the same ventilation configuration for the house. Many building codes have changed and the benefits of not keep your current ventilation system may include more energy efficient options that will save you money over time and keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter months. Over the recent years many homes in the mid-west now have ridge vents which are very beneficial for air outtake for the home that will possibly avoid “ice damming” in the freezing temps which will allow the attic to ventilate more efficiently. Consider both intake ventilation as well as out take ventilation.

3. Install new roofing over existing roofing:

Some things to consider before installing your new roof over your existing roof would be “How many layers does your current roof already have?” This is important to check how many layers you currently have and check with your local building department on how many layers they will allow to go over.

If you want to consider installation over your existing roof the consider the weight of the new roof materials that will be applied over your existing roof weight and make sure your current roof structure can account for this additional weight.

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