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Syracuse Roofing: Article About Comparison Of Common Roofing Materials

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When it is time to re-roof a home, both the roofing materials and the roofer should be chosen with care. Depending on the local climate, the wear and tear on the roof can be mild enough to be repaired or severe enough to require a replacement. A Syracuse roofing company can evaluate the damage and let a homeowner know which repair strategy would be suitable.

It is worthwhile to review the roofing materials available on the market prior to retaining the services of roofing professionals. Metal roofing is durable and capable of reflecting the sun's rays, for example. It is also fire-resistant and its relative ease of installation makes it a superior choice. The most common materials used by roofers are steel and aluminum. Aluminum is preferred in coastal areas where steel is prone to corrosion from the salt spray that is often in the air. Copper roofing is also available and is extremely durable option, though it is more costly than both steel and aluminum.

Traditional shingled roofs are covered with asphalt or cedar shingles. In time, these shingles can curl and crack, causing leaks. As a result, shingled roofs need to be repaired regularly.

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If the home has a shingled roof, the homeowners should inspect it yearly in order to determine whether any maintenance is required. If there is extensive damage, it may be worthwhile to replace or cover the shingles with a metal roof. Most shingled roofs need to be replaced completely every 12 to 17 years.

If the home has a flat roof, it should be covered with a material that allows rain to run off freely while resisting pooling. The pooling of water causes damage to the roofing over time, resulting in leaks. Traditional tar-and-gravel flat roofs should be replaced with modern materials that consist of a continuous membrane that covers the entire roof's pitch.

In order to benefit from the highest quality of materials and installation services, homeowners should choose a roofing contractor with care. A reliable roofing company has been in business for at least a few years and will likely have a good record with the local Better Business Bureau. The roofers should be fully licensed, bonded and insured, and they should offer a warranty service for workmanship.

Before a homeowner hires a roofing contractor, it is a good idea to discuss the budget and timeline of the project as well as the payment terms and conditions. The homeowners should also agree on the methods of the project and the materials to be used. All such discussions should ultimately be put into writing as part of a contract.

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