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Home Improvement ArticlesFind helpful information about roofing in the articles listed below.
  Product Comparison - Asphalt Shingles   Is Cedar Really the Green Choice
  Asphalt, a petroleum by-product, is an inexpensive roofing material made from...   Among all the building products available today, only wood products come...

  Preventing Ice Dam Problems   Metal Shingles
  Roof structures will sometimes fail due to the formation of ice dams...   Gaining popularity as a new alternative to standard roofing materials because of its permanence and...

  Metal Roofs   Slate Roof
  Several times per month I receive questions over the telephone that are generic for all manufacturers...   Respected as a premium roofing system, slate roofs are beautiful and have a long life span...

  Product Comparison - Wood Shingles   Roofing Calculator
  Wood shake and shingle roofs are distinctive because of their appearance...   Despite the wide range of options available, asphalt shingles remain...

  Gutters 101   Preventing and Dealing with Ice Dams
  They’re probably not one of the first things people notice about your home...   Although icicles hanging off a roof may look old world pretty, they generally mean just one thing...

  Concrete Roof Tile - Advantages & Disadvantages   Do It Yourself Roofing - Tools, Tips, & Tricks
  Concrete tile is used primarily in new construction because the foundation, walls and trusses must...   Roofing is a job better left to the professionals, primarily due to...

  Asphalt Shingles - Combining Strength and Style   Roofing Materials that Work for Your Home
  Despite the wide range of options available, asphalt shingles remain one of the most popular choices...   There are a variety of quality roofing materials out there to choose from for your roof. Will you...

  Gutters Control Water   Water Conservation Gutters and Rain Barrels
  One of the biggest contributors to basement dampness is uncontrolled rainwater, that is runoff...   Water conservation is a serious responsibility for environmentally conscious homeowners. In the...

  Sheet Metal Gutters, Soffits and Facia   Roofing Contractors Stay on Top of Things!
  Roofs protect the home from rain and snow but not all moisture is vertically distributed. When the...   Replacing your roof is a top priority to avoid further damage to the interior of your home. An experienced roofing contractor knows the signs too look for when accessing what repairs should be done. There are obvious reasons to have the roof repaired quickly, but repairing it the eco-friendly way makes the most sense.
Like playing the piano roofing a home is easy to learn but difficult to get good at. Good roofers have spent many years working on a variety of roofs both putting down new roofs and providing roof repair. And their experience is very important because everything that is done on the roof either directly or indirectly affects the lives below it.
Roofing services, like other home services, are available in many forms from the large roofing companies, which provide roofing for large projects like commercial buildings, to the guy with the pickup truck and the flyers. Both are experienced roofers but may not be the optimum choice for the homeowner. The big contractors may be too big and may charge a lot because they don't really care about small jobs and the little guys may be lacking in insurance and manpower.
Because of its function a roof not only has to be installed properly it has to be done quickly. A competent roofing contractor has the equipment and manpower to put down an asphalt roof in a day whereas a smaller operator may take two or three days. This leaves the roof open to the threat of rain and even tarps may not be enough to stop a sudden, heavy rain.
Roofing contractors may also have the experience to do several types of roofing from asphalt to metal and even clay. This means that the contractor can give advice on the type of roofing for the weather patterns in the area. For example, a roofing company estimator in the northeast, where there is a heavy freeze-thaw cycle might advise against clay and point the homeowner toward metal or asphalt whereas a roofing company in the southwest would go with the clay because of its heat deflecting properties.
The payback of a well-installed roof comes in the form of longevity and peace-of-mind.