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Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Choosing Roofing Materials

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While roof coverings appear to be relatively standard throughout the country, specific climates require additional attention to guarantee a stable, long lasting roof. The salt air of coastal areas creates special conditions and roof problems unique to the area. The potential for turbulent weather also poses challenges for coastal regions. With a wide variety of climate conditions from the rainy Northwest to the tropical Florida peninsula, a roofing specialist can advise a homeowner on the best roofing materials for their area.

Roofing materials keep improving and changing as technology advances, providing more options for homeowners. The once standard asphalt shingle has been replaced with metal and clay. Even within those categories, there are options. Style and color, even with metal, are now available, providing more choices and budget considerations. Unless the materials suit the area, however, a roof will not last or protect as it should. A qualified Virginia Beach roofing company can assess a home's needs and offer specific recommendations.

Metal roofing has had a resurgence in recent years. No longer the gunmetal gray barn roofing of years past, technology has modernized the roofing staple. Powder coatings, designer colors, styles and metal choices offer more to homeowners than ever before. While there is still the standard ribbed metal sheeting, metal shingles are also available.

A roofing expert from Jayhawk Exteriors of Virginia Beach VA would be happy to answer any question you have about roofing, siding or windows.

Depending on a home's proximity to saltwater, however, many traditional metal roofing manufacturers limit their warranties. Newer metal roofing, such as zinc and aluminum, are now on the market. More expensive than traditional metal roofs, the newer materials are better suited for the corrosive climate.

Asphalt shingles are still a quality choice for homeowners living along the coast. Standard shingle roofing usually lasts 15 to 20 years. Just like metal roofing, asphalt shingles are designer friendly now, offering more color choices than in past decades. While more limited than metal roofing, the options do offer homeowners a choice. Salt air has no effect on asphalt, but extreme heat can cause the shingles to become brittle and crack. Strong winds and driving rains can also weaken asphalt shingles by pulling and loosening them and allowing gaps to form. Periodic roof inspections, especially after a tropical storm, can help prevent this type of damage.

Clay tile roofing is another option for coastal regions. Impervious to salt air, the tile roofs are long lasting; however, they are more susceptible to storm damage from blowing debris or tree limbs. Cracks in the tiles can develop into leaks and create roof damage. Periodic inspections of clay roofs, especially after turbulent winds, can alleviate this problem.

Homeowners have more options than ever before, but the only way to ensure the best protection is to contact a qualified roofing professional in the area.

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