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Roofing 101—Your Crash Course in Roofing

Roofing 101 is our crash course in roofing. It is designed to give homeowners the basic facts they need to purchase a new roof, or to maintain their existing one to extend its lifecycle. Without further ado (because you have enough to read below) here is our roofing guide:

Roofing 101—Your Crash Course in Roofing

Types of Roofing
One of the biggest elements of roofing is the roofing type, which depends on the type of roofing material used. The most common roofing materials here in Aurora and Richmond Hill are: asphalt (the most economical), metal (higher upfront costs but almost no maintenance), ceramic, slate tile, and wood shingles or shakes. Each roofing material has a different lifespan, upfront cost, cost of maintenance, time commitment to maintenance, and energy efficiency.

Roofing System Components

Roofing system components are the major elements that make up your roof. They include the shingle or tile materials (listed above), the waterproof underlayment and the flashings,which are metal components that protect valleys and areas where water gather.

Roof Maintenance
Roofing maintenance largely depends on the type of roofing material that your roof uses. The most common roofing material, asphalt, requires bi-yearly inspections and replacement of balding and/or curling tiles. Proper roof maintenance can extend the life of your roof by years or decades.

Roofing warranties are extremely important. Know what your roofing warranty covers, and what it doesn’t cover. Also, know who is the one protecting it—the shingle or the roofing company? Each warranty is different, and many require regular maintenance in order to be sustained.

Your warranty will most likely only cover regular wear and tear. If there is a major weather event you need proper homeowners insurance in order to cover any initial damage. Ensure that your homeowner insurance covers any gaps in warranty—and do it now. Most people don’t think about this until it is too late.

Ventilation and Insulation
Your home’s ventilation and insulation will largely determine the overall health, and lifespan, of your roof. Without proper ventilation heat and moisture will build up in your attic or upper level, which will cause moisture-induced rot of your roofing beams, and rot of your shingles themselves. Proper insulation will vastly increase the energy-efficiency of your roof. Another cause of improper ventilation are ice dams—which are a major problem here in Aurora and Richmond Hill due to our unpredictable winters.

If you’re considering installing a new roof, repairing your old roof or need a roofing inspection done, this roofing 101 crash course isn’t everything you need to know. You need to call the roofing experts here in Richmond Hill and Aurora—the Dillon Bros.

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