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How Durable is Your Roof?
Roofing materials come in a wide range of prices to accommodate any roofing budget. But with lower price-tags come lower durability in the event of a serious hail storm, high winds, or other natural phenomenon.
Investing in an impact resistant roofing material can protect your roof and your home from serious damage. This video from State Farm discusses what impact resistant roofing is, and will help you figure out when to replace your home’s roofing materials.
For help assessing your roofing’s health, or to learn more about impact resistant roofing, contact Roof Solutions, Bethesda’s premier roofing contractors. Call (301) 358-2688 to learn more about our wide selection of durable, beautiful roofing materials.
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Different Ways to "Green" Your Roof
An ever-growing awareness of the stresses that a human population of 7 billion can place on our environment and the inexorable knowledge that energy prices will rise as demand continues to grow have led residential and commercial property owners to appreciate, enjoy, and even champion energy-saving technologies. If you are looking to “green” the roof of your home or business building, this article discusses several roofing advances that may be of interest to you.
Reflective Roofing Materials
White, reflective roofs have gained popularity among green and money-conscious homeowners for two reasons. They can reduce air conditioning and heating costs on an individual level, and—by reflecting solar radiation into the atmosphere—they may also contribute to a cooling of the earth’s temperature.
Photovoltaic Solar Panels
One of the most well-known renewable energy devices, the photovoltaic solar panel is pretty widespread. Attractive solar shingles have been created for home roofing, converting sunlight into electricity that can be used for a variety of applications. Generally supportive of the solar initiative, the government has several tax credit and rebate programs for which home and business owners who utilize solar technology in their roofing may qualify.
Several metal roofing materials available to property owners are composed of up to 90% recycled materials. Less carbon is emitted during the production of these roofs than is during the production of most roofing materials, and metal roofs can also be more easily recycled when the time eventually comes for a roof replacement.
Eye-Catching Living Roofs
While not yet a homeowner trend, living roofs have a fantastic appeal that may catch on before long. If you like the idea of having soil and vegetation on top of your house and you live in an area where many plants can thrive, a living roof may be a great green roofing option for you.
Located in Silver Spring, MD and serving the entire Bethesda area, Roof Solutions is committed to environmental conservation. To learn about any of the green roofing technologies discussed above or arrange to have your roof repaired or replaced by an experienced, eco-conscious roofing contractor, call (301) 358-2688.
Repair or Replace: Which Roofing Option is Right for Your Needs?
Like much of your home’s exterior, your roofing is bound to require replacement or repair at some point in the future. That’s because constant exposure to the sun, wind, snow, and rain slowly breaks down your roof causing leaks. But how do you know when your roof is ready for complete replacement, or just needs to be repaired? Check out these roofing factors to consider when making the decision to repair or replace.
The Age of the Roof
First, consider how old your roofing system is. The typical asphalt roof should last about 20 years with regular maintenance. Once your roofing starts to approach, or even surpass, its projected lifespan, then replacement is a more economical choice. The further away you are from the projected lifespan of the roof, then repairing your roof may be a better option.
Your Future Roofing Needs
Next, consider the kind of roof you’d ideally replace your current roofing with. If you’d like to install a metal or high-end shingle roof but aren’t ready to make that kind of investment, then repairs may be a better option. Replacing your roof typically means you’re stuck with the new option for at least 15-20 years, so only replace if you’re able to get the roof you want.
Insurance Contributions to Repair Costs
Finally, factor in whether your insurance policy will cover the cost of roofing repair or replacement. If your roofing was damaged by a storm or other covered event, your insurance company may cover the cost of repairs or subsidize the cost of replacement. Always check with your insurance company before repairing or replacing roofs with damage from eligible events.
Need help determining whether your roof should be repaired or replaced? Contact the roofing experts at Roof Solutions. We’re the Bethesda area’s premier roofing contractors, specializing in comprehensive roofing services, including repair, reroofing, replacement, skylights, gutters, and more. Call Roof Solutions today for a comprehensive roofing inspection—(301) 358-2688.
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Preparing Your Roof for Summer Storms [INFOGRAPHIC]
Though warmth and sunshine are probably the first two things that come to mind when you think about summer, residents of Bethesda know that storms are an inevitable part of the summertime months. You may be ready for the rain and wind that come with summer storms, but is your roof? In order to prevent roof damage and leaks, it is important to enlist the help of roofers to prepare your roof for summer. Professional roofing contractors can perform the repairs necessary to ensure that your roof can withstand summer storms. Check out this infographic from our Bethesda roofing company to see what you need to do to prepare your roof for the summer. Please share with your friends and neighbors!
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