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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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Unappealing Roof: The Importance Of Granules On Asphalt Shingles

by Kelly Murphy

Have you noticed that the asphalt shingles on the roof are beginning to look unappealing? Asphalt shingles are covered in granules to give the roof more appeal, but the granules can fall off with time and cause problems. Find out below about the importance of a roof repair when asphalt shingles begin to lose granules.

What Makes it Important for Asphalt Shingles to Have Granules?

Granules are the most important aspect of asphalt shingles because they do much more than add appeal to your roof. The granules are also in place to protect the asphalt from getting damaged from ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun.

You don't want the asphalt expose to ultraviolet radiation because it can lead to your roof deteriorating, which may lead to the need for a new roof. You can tell when the shingles are suffering granule loss because they become unappealing and you may notice the granules that have fallen off near the gutters or bottom of the downspout.

If you notice that only a few of the shingles are damaged from granule loss, you should get them replaced in a timely manner. The main purpose of shingles is to protect the roof deck, so failing to replace damaged ones will eventually cause roof deck problems. The roof deck is what separates the interior of your house from the outside environment.

All it takes is one deteriorated shingle to lead to rainwater sitting on the roof deck and mold growth. Mold will eat into the roof deck and cause a water leak in your home.

What Does it Cost to Get Asphalt Shingles Repaired?

The price for repairing asphalt shingles will depend on how many of them are damaged. For instance, you can expect to pay an average of up to $350 for a professional roofer to install new shingles in a 10x10 square feet area of the roof.

The price can also fluctuate based on whether or not the roof deck is in need of a repair in the area where there are damaged shingles.

Your roof will be more durable if you make sure the granules in the asphalt shingles are taken care of. All you have to do is invest in timely repairs when the granules fall off to keep the asphalt and roof deck protected. Get in touch with a roofing company so they can make the necessary repairs and keep your home safe.