What type of roof is best?

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What Roofing Material Lasts the Longest?

When it comes to planning for a future roof installation or replacement, you want to get the best materials that you can get so you can best protect your home. For the kind of roof that is best, it largely depends on what you are looking to get out of your roof. Whereas the longest lasting roofs are known exactly as: 

  • Concrete tiles: 50 to 100 years
  • Clay tiles: 50 to 100 years 
  • Slate tiles: 75 to 200 years

While these tiles may last a significant amount of time, they definitely have drawbacks like adding significant weight to your roof, are easy to break, or tend to rack up costs on top of the initial installation. Truthfully, roofing materials that last the longest like these should not be considered in an area like Cincinnati, OH because the natural weather could weaken your roof significantly. While slate is definitely one that may be good enough, you would be better off going for:

  • Asphalt Shingles: around 20 years
  • Architectural shingles: 25 to 30 years
  • Metal roofing: 40 to 70 years

While these three are significantly less in working lifespan than the prior suggestions, one will find that their cost and benefits even out the competition. Asphalt and metal roofing in particular are two of the most popular choices for roof installation and replacement in the United States. While for the other choices, standing on them might be a problem, doing so on these is not necessarily an issue thanks to their durability. For roof installation services, call 513-563-9988 today to schedule your appointment with Cincinnati Gutter & Roof Protection.

Do you Need a Permit to put on a New Roof?

Generally, a homeowner will not apply a roof installation or replacement onto their own home for a few reasons, but one of the biggest being that a permit is a requirement to do so. Whether it is renovations, adding to your home, applying a structural change, adding or taking away from, or doing anything to your roof then you will need a permit in and around Cincinnati, OH. 

As it pertains to roof installations or replacements for that matter, it is best to leave such a labor to the professionals like those at Cincinnati Gutter & Roof Protection. The reason being for any roof, anyone doing work will have to be comfortable with a practiced process, heights, and a quite a bit of equipment being within arms reach. Whereas a team of professional roofers take a relatively short amount of time to replace a roof, a homeowner will take a significantly longer time especially if they are not familiar with the process. Furthermore, if there is a mistake in the roofing, the possibility for leaks will affect the home in the future, especially if the climate is cold and the leak freezes.

What are the materials needed for roofing?

Still on the topic of why a homeowner should leave a roof installation, repair, or replacement to the professionals, one needs an immense list of materials in order to complete the job. On top of an expansive tool kit and protective equipment being worn, a person would need to have at their disposal materials like: 

  • Roofing shingles or respective materials
  • Roofing nails
  • Industrial stapler with staples
  • Water proof adhesive
  • Underlayment
  • Flashing
  • Sealant

Taking this list and then doubling it with more materials would also be applicable in understanding what it takes to be prepared for a roofing endeavor. You will also need to understand that with the roofing materials, they should be stored sufficiently in a way that they are neither damaged nor breakdown. With that in mind, you will have to be able to carry the materials up and down a latter more than several times, taking an ample amount of time throughout the process so you do not damage the parts that will eventually protect your home.

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Should there be a gap between roof and wall?

In short, there can be and that is called an overhang. It should extend at minimum three-fourths to one inch beyond your wall so that water does not run down your wall, but rather away from it. This is especially true if you do not have gutters. Over time, if your overhang is too long or too short, you may see issues develop in your roof that must be fixed. Initially, after the roof installation or replacement, you must make doubly sure all parts of your roof are sealed to the extent that water and moisture cannot enter into the attic. Special attention should be applied to the overhangs and flashing, the latter in particular can be the bane of a homeowner that does not choose quality roofers like those at Cincinnati Gutter & Roof Protection. Flashing can go over or under shingles and roofing, but there’s a catch to both. Being applied over shingles means there is a healthy amount of sealant with the installation. Underneath means that the flashing is eight to 14 inches underneath the shingles with it also having sealing. When you need a proper roof installation or replacement, call 513-563-9988 today to schedule one with us.