If you live in the Midwest, where you get a lot of snow in the winter time and can get some nice humid days in the summer, you need a roof that can handle a lot of snow as well as hot, sticky weather. Here are three types of roofing materials you should consider for your home:
#1 Modified Bitumen
Modified Bitumen roof is generally made out of either polyester or fiberglass. Depending on the type of bitumen roof that you have installed, it will be applied to your roof using either hot asphalt or cold adhesives. The material used to attach your roof to your home generally depends on the outside weather conditions. Hot asphalt is generally used in the summer, and a cold adhesive is used during the winter time. Some bitumen roofs have self-adhesive on the tiles instead.
Modified bitumen roofs are generally black, which is great for where you want your roof to absorb heat, especially in the winter. A roof that absorbs heat will allow snow to melt more readily. They are also really strong roofs and do not typically develop cracks or loose shingles, as long as you use 2 or 3 ply material, as 1 ply is generally not durable enough for Midwest climates.
#2 Rubber Roofing
Another newer roofing material that has shown to work well is rubber roofing. Rubber roofing is unique in that it is generally laid down as a single piece of roofing material. This can be a big advantage because there are generally little to very few seams in the roof, which means that there are very few places where water can get in and damage your home. Rubber roofs are also able to withstand ultraviolet and UV rays, hail and heavy rainfall, and are fire-resistant, making them a good fit for your home.
Additionally, rubber roofing material reflects the suns heats away, keeping your home cool in the humid summers, while also providing a high level of insulation, which helps keep the heat inside of your home in the winter time. Finally, you can also use acrylic paint to paint your roof, giving it whatever unique color you wish to make it stand out.
#3 Thermoplastic Heat Welded Systems
The third type of roofing material you may want to consider are thermoplastic heat welded systems, which are more commonly referred to as TPO or PVS roof systems.
The biggest benefits of TPO/PVS roofing systems are that they are really lightweight and flexible while also being resistant to tears and punctures that can ruin a roof. They handle cold as well as hot temperatures well. They are really easy to take care of and simple to repair should they get damaged. This is a relative new roofing material but has held up well so far.
Discuss with your roofing company the three types of roofing material discussed above, and see which one they think would work best for your home. The roofing material that you ultimately choose has to work for the pitch and angle of your roof, your roofing support system as well as the region you live in.Share
4 June 2017
I was concerned that a recent hailstorm might have caused damage to my roof. While inspecting my roof, the roofing contractor noted cracked shingles and granule loss from the impact of the hailstones. I didn't want my roof to start leaking, so I immediately had the damaged shingles replaced. Hi, my name is Troy Blakely and in this blog, you'll find out about the various types of shingle damage. You'll also learn how to determine if you need to have your roof repaired or replaced. I didn't know this information until the roofing contractor explained it to me. Then I decided that I would help other people by spreading the word. A damaged or leaky roof can cause expensive damage to the inside of your home and that's why it's so important to address roof issues as quickly as possible.