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‘What Type of Roofs Are Fireproof?’

As fire season heats up in the West and the Fourth of July holiday's fireworks displays are scheduled from coast to coast, now is one of the riskiest times for roof fires. Fortunately, many common roofing materials are fireproof. In fact, many municipal building codes require fireproof or fire-resistant materials to be used on roofs, especially in fire-prone areas. How Shingles Are Rated Shingles are classified by their fire resistance, with Class A shingles being the most fireproof. C...

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The Top 4 Reasons Roofs Wear Out

The life expectancy of your roof can be anywhere from 20 top 100 years, depending on the material it's made from, your climate, and many other conditions. But there are four primary things that can negatively affect the useful life of your roof. If you are experiencing any of these top four "roof killers", you probably will need to replace your roof sooner rather than later. 1. Neglect One of the most common causes of premature aging of a roof is regular old neglect. When a roof is not ...

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Your Homeowner’s Insurance Cost Is Related to Your Roof

If you are thinking about replacing the roof on your home, the first call you make shouldn't be to a roofing contractor. It' should be to your homeowner's insurance agency. The amount you pay for homeowner's insurance is directly related to the type and condition of your home's roof. That's because the roof is the primary gateway to any potential damage to your home. Roof Is the Entry Point for Danger If there is a breach in your roof, it can allow damaging facors such as wind, hail, wi...

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Metal Roofing Is Recommended for Hot Weather Climates

High temperatures and the hot sun can be extremely harmful to roofs. So homeowners in hot weather climates often opt for  metal roofs that provide a more durable and efficient roofing solution. In hot climates, your home's roof has to endure extreme heat and vast amounts of direct sunlight. Heat and sun are the two things that break down roofs most quickly. Shingle and tile roofs can dry out, crack, curl and eventually disintegrate under all that intense heat. This makes them more prone t...

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Roof Shapes that Stand Up Best to High Winds and Hurricanes

Once again, hurricane season is right around the corner. If you live in a coastal area or in a location know to be hurricane-prone, the shape of your roof could determine whether or not your home will be damaged in the event of a hurricane, tropical storm or other high wind weather event. Dr. Rima Taher, PhD, is a civil engineer and researcher at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and special lecturer at the New Jersey School of Architecture who has studied and lectured extensively on roo...

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How to Tie Roofing from an Addition to Your Home’s Existing Roof

If you are adding an addition to your home, it's important that the roofing of the new structure be tied firmly to your existing home. The first thing you need to do is have the engineer who designed your addition determine whether the trusses of your home can support the weight of the new roof. Once the engineer signs off on it, the next priority is to keep your home weather-tight during construction. Building the New Roof The first step is to set the new rafters or trusses on the addi...

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Yes, Painting Your Roofing Can Cool Your Home, But …

If you have asphalt shingle roofing and you live in an area that frequently experiences a lot of hot, sunny weather, you may be considering painting your roof white or another light color. This helps reflect the sun's rays so that they aren't absorbed into your roof -- and ultimately into your home. Homes with roofs with dark asphalt shingles can get significantly hotter than homes with light-colored shingles or other roofing materials. Temperature Experiment  How much hotter? On a sun...

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Living in an Industrialized Area Can Affect the Temperature of Your Roofing

If your home is located in a densely populated city or near a lot of manufacturing facilities, it may be in what is known as an "urban heat island". These areas have been identified as being significantly warmer due to human activity than the surrounding less populated, rural areas. Generally, the temperature difference is more noticeable at night than it is during the day. It's also more significant in the summer and winter. How UHIs Develop Scientists believe urban heat islands occur ...

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Tips for Protecting Your Roof Shingles from the Elements

If you have roofing shingles on your home, they are going to be exposed to sun, rain, snow wind and other natural weather elements 24 hours per day, every day of the year. While this type of wear is built into the design of modern roofing shingles, if they are installed improperly or not maintained adequately, the abuse they receive from the elements can shorten their useful life. It Begins with the Installation How effective your roofing shingles will be in protecting your home and how...

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Best Roofing Materials for Coastal Areas

If you live near a coastal area, choosing the right roofing material is critical. Homes near beaches and oceans face unique issues that inland homes don't: Hurricanes, high winds, blowing sand, salty air and high water levels to name a few. Roofing Materials for Coastal Homes So what type of roofing material is best for homes in coastal regions? Let's take a look at some of the most popular choices: Asphalt Roofs -- Asphalt roofing is affordable and durable. It last between 10 and 20 y...

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