A Few Roofing Basics

photo of metal roofing, metal roofers, licensed contractors, roofing basicsThere are a number of roofing materials available if you’re looking to replace your roof, or re-roof. For a better idea about a few roofing basics in Dallas, consult Pearson Roofing licensed contractors! The choice of material you want or need to use has a lot to do with the area in which you live, the style of the roof on the house, the style of the house itself and the cost. In most cases the choice boils down to metal, tile or asphalt shingles although there are other choices such as slate and wood shakes.

Durability of Metal Roofing

An extremely good choice for roofing in the Frisco, Plano, and DFW area is metal. Namely steel! This material is becoming very popular due to the wide range of colors and shapes it is available in. Gone are the days of corrugated iron sheets; metal roofs today can be purchased which look like slate, tile or shingles. As the finish is applied as an electrostatic coating, it is long-lasting and resistant to fading. Metal roofing is somewhat more expensive than asphalt shingles but the life expectancy is considerably more. Usually asphalt shingles have seen better days by the time they are 20 years old. A metal roof on the other hand can easily last 50 or 60 years. Metal roofs are also an excellent roofing material for Texas roofing systems as they are fire resistant, and resistant to rot and insect infestation.

Comparing Materials

Many homes in the southwest of the country use tiles for the roofing material. Tiles are a traditional roof, going back hundreds of years and they are well known for their longevity. Although tiles have many benefits the one drawback is their weight. Tile roofing requires that the roof photo of asphalt shingles, roofing, residential, roofing basicsstructure be built especially strong and require special attention if they are installed on a roof with a significant pitch, they often have to be held in place with metal brackets which add to the cost and the time it takes to install. They have the longest life expectancy of the common materials.

Asphalt shingles are without a doubt the most popular material; they are reasonably inexpensive and provide an adequate life expectancy. This type of roofing material is available in many colors and shades; some can easily pass as slate. The installation process is not difficult; a normal sized home can be completed in a couple of days. These roofs are more prone to damage by the weather than either metal or tile as the wind can get under a shingle and lift it, this will result in a leak that will need quick repair.

For more tips on a few roofing basics for Dallas roofs, call Pearson Roofing licensed contractors today! 972-471-2700