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5 Materials the Professionals Recommend for Your Roof

Apr 19, 2019 (1 month ago) |
SURREY, British Columbia: Almost everyone can agree that having a functional, safe roof is one of the most important things in a house.
If it was improperly installed, used poor quality materials, or has the wrong materials for the climate, the roof will wear down quickly and become unsafe. This is why it's so important to hire a trustworthy roofing company that will take the time to explain the different types of roofs and factors to watch out for. Three Best Rated decided to sit down with three award-winning roofers to get just that.

Fiberglass shingles

The best roof for the lowest price will have to go to fiberglass shingles. Almost every single manufacturer makes fiberglass, so the customer will have a lot of options to pick the color and style they like. They are affordable, quick to install, and easy to repair, Mike Cheema of Busy Boys Roofing Ltd. explains. This roof is the best for a household on a budget. However, make sure you hire a reputable roofing company! Every fiberglass shingle has a nailing zone, Cheema explains. If the installer puts nails outside the zone then over time it can start leaking, and with heavy wind it can be blown away.

Synthetic underlay

Before installing the shingles, a roofer will put an underlay on. This helps give the roofs an extra level of protection that can't be achieved with shingles alone. There are many different types of underlays available, with the two most common being felt paper and synthetic. We... insist on using a synthetic underlay as opposed to felt paper, said Kelly Matthews of Alpineroofs.ca. Synthetic underlay carries a 20-year warranty, where felt paper has none. If you read the warranty specs for singles, the manufacturers require this product to be used to have a valid shingle warranty. Also, synthetic underlays are more weather resistant than their felt paper counterpart.

Gutter Guard

While worrying about the shingles, many people often neglect to think about another important part of the roof - the gutters. A gutter guard is a simple solution to help keep leaves, sticks, and other debris out of the gutters. This saves you precious time and money, says Certified Roofing & Exteriors, and will also prevent rusting of the troughs, maintaining beauty and extending the life of your investment. A gutter guard helps homeowners by keeping the gutters clean, which will in turn help direct water away from the house.

Flat Roof (torch on)

A flat roof is made of 2 or more layers that is sealed using a gas torch (hence, torch on). It is popular with a lot of industrial buildings and modern buildings. It's waterproof, designed for all climates as it expands in heat and contact in the cold, says Cheema. This gives it a long lifespan. This roof is great for places that experience all four seasons, all while giving the house a modern look. However, it can quickly get very expensive as it requires extra training for the crew and increased insurance cost. This roof can balance that out with its versatility and long life span.

Hot Dipped Nails

Everything on a roof, even down to the nails, are vitally important. We use hot dipped nails, Matthews says. This may seem like a small difference, but it is actually important. Hot dipped nails are made by dipping nails into molten zinc. The result is a stronger, rust-resistant nail. If any moisture gets into the attic... regular nails will rust, then the heads can literally pop off, explains Matthews. By using hot dipped nails, the nails will no longer rust and remain more viable for the roof's lifespan.

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