Loveland Roofing: Article About Choosing A Roof
Between innovative metal options, durable clay and concrete tiles, rich slate shingles and highly efficient asphalt shingles, there are literally hundreds of roof coverings available on the market today. Homeowners can simplify the roof selection process by keeping a few guidelines and considerations in mind.
The first step in choosing the perfect roof system involves finding a qualified roofer. A reliable Loveland roofing contractor knows what roof systems work best for local climates and also offers other benefits. Homeowners who choose specially trained and certified roofers, like those with GAF Master Elite certification, gain access to premium warranties and more durable roofing systems.
Once a homeowner has a trusted roofer in place, it's time to make decisions about roofing materials. Weather conditions are the most important considerations, from high winds and snow to hail.
Asphalt shingles are tested and rated for their ability to withstand wind and wind uplift. Ratings range from the 60 mph wind protection of Class A to the highest 150 mph wind resistance of Class H. Most of today's asphalt shingles meet high wind resistance standards, and metal roofs can be installed to withstand winds up to 140 mph.
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While most roofs are made to handle typical rain and snow conditions, ice dams can be a problem in some areas of the U.S. To avoid this problem, roof vents keep air flowing around the roof and prevent the roof from becoming warmer in some spots than in others. That haphazard warming is what causes snow to melt on the roof and drip to the edges where it re freezes and dams up.
Insulation is also an important preventive measure to avoid ice dams. The insulation's ability to prevent heat transport is shown in its R value. Homes in fairly cold or snowy regions that don't currently have attic insulation need R49 to R60 insulation, while homes with existing insulation usually need additional insulation ranging from R38 to R49.
Homeowners in hail prone regions should also consider hail resistance ratings. A roof's hail resistance is tested by pelting it with steel stones at 90 mph. Its performance is demonstrated in Class 1 to Class 4 ratings, with Class 3 or 4 roofs suitable for severe hailstorms.
Finally, a roof's fire resistance is important, especially in areas where wildfires are a concern. Metal and concrete tile roofs are naturally fire resistant, but today's shingles may be equally protective. A roof's ability to avoid the spread of fire is expressed in ratings of Class A to Class C, with Class A offering the best protection.