The Different Types Of Roofing Materials And How To Care For Them

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The Different Types Of Roofing Materials And How To Care For Them

29 December 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Roofing materials wear differently, which is why some roofs last longer than others. With the right maintenance, your roofing materials will last longer. Some of the things that need to be done to different roofing materials include cleaning shakes, repairing shingles and dealing with damage to clay tiles. Here are some of the things that you may want to know about the maintenance needs of different types of roofing materials:

1. Caring for Shingles by Keeping Them Clean and Doing Small Repairs

Shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials used on homes. This is because the labor costs of installing asphalt shingles is low, as well as the costs of materials. Composite shingles are also susceptible to damage from wear, storms and other issues. You will want to keep your shingles clean and do all the small repairs that are needed to avoid problems.

2. Avoid Wear and Rot of Wood Shingles with Regular Cleaning and Staining

Wear and rot of wood shakes is another issue that you make have. Wood roofs can last for many years with the right care. Part of the care is keeping them clean, which will prevent fungus. The grime that gets into the cracks of shakes causes fungus and eventually rot. To avoid this problem, clean the shakes and seal them with a special treatment to protect the wood from rot. You may also want to occasionally pressure wash the wood shakes.

3. Avoid Structural Damage to Your Home by Maintaining Slate and Tile Roofing

Structural damage is an issue that you may have to deal with if you have slate or clay tile roofing. This is because damaged tiles or roofing that is loose can cause leaks. This is especially a problem if a storm has caused damage. Occasionally, inspect your roof from loose, missing or damaged tiles and do the repairs that are needed to prevent leaks.

4. Caring for Metal Roofing with Simple Repairs and Cleaning for A Longer Lasting Roof

Metal roofing is one of the best materials that you can have installed on your home. It is a very durable material that can be made from various metals. Tin is probably the least durable, while copper will be the most durable. There are also materials that have protective coating on them to reduce wear. Simple maintenance and cleaning will ensure your metal roofing lasts for generations.

These are some of the different things that you will want to know about the maintenance needs of different types of roofing materials. If you are ready to have a new roof installed, contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about some of these materials for your roof.