When it comes time to talk to a contractor about doing a residential roof repair or replacement, it's good to know the various parts of a roof and the components of a roofing system.
Important Structural Components Below the Roof
Much of what can't be seen from the ground goes into supporting a roof. Here are parts of the roof that make up its underlying structure:
The Roofing System
The roofing system consists of various components that help protect your home from the elements.
Factors to Consider when Selecting a Roofing System
There are numerous factors to consider when deciding what roofing materials to choose for your roofing project. You'll receive guidance from your governing documents, engineer or contractor on the types of materials that will be best for your home, but here are some key factors to take into consideration.
In most cases, asphalt shingles are going to be the most economical choice for your residential roof. If you are interested in a different aesthetic, or live in certain regions, you may want to consider other roofing material options, like slate, tile, wood shakes, or metal.
The standard manufacturer's warranty on asphalt shingles will last for anywhere between 20 years to "Lifetime." However, you should always be sure to review the specific terms of the warranty before making a final decision, as the specific coverage will vary significantly. You may also consider asking your contractor about the availability of enhanced warranties, which may provide longer or more comprehensive coverage than the standard manufacturer's warranty.
Maintenance and Repairs
Most residential roofing systems are minimal maintenance; however, you will want to inspect your roof at least twice a year and after significant weather events to look for damage or necessary repairs.
Whether you're in need of a complete replacement or a few repairs, always consult with the experts at National Contractors when considering a change to your roofing system.
Now that you know the basic parts of a residential roof, you'll be better able to discuss your options and select the best roof system to protect your home.
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Article & Image Courtesy of Dawn Killough for GAF