Roofs are one of the most important and neglected parts of any structure. To call attention to the importance of roofs in protecting us from the elements, June 4 to 10 will be celebrated this year as National Roof Week. The week also recognizes the important work down by roofing contractors in keeping homes and families safe.
National Roof Week is June 4 to 10
To call attention to the importance of roofs and the work done by roofing contractors, the first week of June is celebrated as National Roof Week every year. Roofs protect homes and families from the elements, and from extremes of heat and cold. They are also the site of insulation that can reduce heating and cooling costs and energy use.
The week aims to promote awareness about proper maintenance of roofs. Roofers recommend that under normal circumstances, roofs should be inspected every year. This can help to identify any problems early on, and to catch them before minor problems snowball into major repairs. Visual inspections can reveal a lot about the state of a roof, but these are best done by a professional roofing contractor who can recognize the signs of trouble.
Types of roofing material
Roofing materials can be classified into two kinds: metal and shingles. Metal roofing is a popular choice, most of all because metal roofs are long lasting. Even with minimal maintenance, metal roofs can last for more than 30 years. Designers now produce metal roofing materials in a range of designs and colors to match most architectural styles.
Asphalt shingles are another popular choice for roofing materials and can last for 20 to 50 years. Their lifespan depends on the climate in which they are being used. Asphalt roofing shingles are of two kinds: fiberglass and organic. Each kind has its advantages. Fiberglass shingles are more resistant to both fire and moisture, whereas organic shingles have good wind resistance and high tear strength. Organic shingles can be used in colder climates.
How much does roof installation cost?
A new roof is a major investment, but it’s one that will last a long time. The cost will depend on the location and the materials you choose. In general, the cost of a new roof will vary from $2.75 to $7.50 per square foot of shingles.
For an accurate estimate, it’s best to call a roofing company to come out and review your situation before arriving at a figure. It’s also a good idea to get a written estimate before starting work, so you have something to refer back to. The written estimate should include details about materials and labor costs as well.
Roofs and roofing contractors play a very important part in our lives, even if it’s not often recognized. National Roof Week is a chance to reflect on their significance, to inspect our roofs, and to be thankful for having one over our heads.