Thinking about Roofing Thursday

    Today we discuss the importance of roofing your home and the importance of insurance for upkeep. 

    When you are moving into a home or building one of your own, there are many factors you need to consider for your everyday living. One of the most important things in a home is the roof, which is a large investment and should be done with care. There are several ways to choose a roof and plenty of research should be done to make the best decision. There are factors such as; will it hold up in natural disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes? How long will it last? Will it fit with the original roof framing? Will it complement your home? How much does it cost? All of these factors are geared towards the homeowner or investor, and should be evaluated as an investment. Eco-friendly roofs are also trending now and may be something to look into for your home. Each different style of roof can have different insurance policies that will cover damage that may occur in the time that you own your roof. Wind, water and fire resistance are main components in roofs and differ in structures like paneling and shingles as well as materials.

    Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing material nationwide. They are extremely economical and very easy to install in homes. However, asphalt has a shorter lifetime than other roofing materials and may not provide good insulation. Here at BridgeView we recommend metal roofing because it holds against extreme weather conditions and is one of the most durable. It is also recyclable, solar reflective, lightweight, sleek and is available in both panels and shingles. Metal roofing is also available in aluminum, copper, zinc, and stainless steel. The only con is that it can be a relatively expensive purchase, although the lifetime is 40 to 75 years. Metal roofing also looks great on most every type of home and is very versatile in any environment.

    Especially for our snowy winters and rains we experience here in the North Country, be sure to have your contractor apply a water and ice shield on the plywood before your roofing materials are put in place. Your BridgeView agent can also meet with you to discuss more details abut roofing and which is right for you and what you are looking for in a home.

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