Key Points About Roofing in the Midwest

Key Points About Roofing in the Midwest

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The constant and sometimes relatively immediate shifts between weather patterns can greatly limit what you can do during construction of your home. Certain materials that would look great in your architectural design may not always be able to hold up to the violent shifts in the climate. This must be taken into consideration in every aspect of your home design and building process, especially when it comes to roofing. Adaptability to climate is key when selecting your material, and generally contractors recommend one of several options when building in the Midwest.

 

The technology behind wood shingles and shakes has increased dramatically, and while many different species of wood can be used to make shingles, cedar wood shakes have made a great leap in prevalence in the Midwest. They are the most cost-effective option for wood and can potentially last years longer than more widely used asphalt shingles, are more energy efficient and can even weather storms better. In addition to cost, constant maintenance seem to be the main deterrents in using this particular material. The lack of maintenance could result in rotting of the wood, especially where high humidity and heat are an issue.

 

Metal roofing is a less traditional material that has proved to be a good candidate for roofing in the Midwest with options made from aluminum, tin, copper, zinc or steel. Steel roofing can last for decades with minimal maintenance with some sources boasting lives of fifty years or more! They can survive powerful wind and storms and resist damage from hail and can even lower your energy bill by reflecting a great amount of the sun's heat keeping the inside of your home a comfortable temperature. It is also important to note that a large amount of the material used in fabricating steel roofs is made from recycled metal.

 

Slate shingles are considered by many to be the perfect option for roofing in the Midwest, but the cost of such a roof keeps this option just out of reach to most. Not only does it cost more to quarry and ship, its weight sometimes necessitates extra structural work in the framework of the house itself, padding the bill even further. That being said, if you can afford this option, the high resistance to water and climate of slate shingles could allow this roof to last a century or more.

Asphalt shingles are by far the most prevalent option for roofing in most of the country and for good reason. They are the most cost-effective options, come in a wide variety of colors, and with little maintenance can last upwards of fifteen to twenty years.

 

Roofing Columbia Mo is always interesting due to the many factors at play. The weather patterns of the Midwest can turn on a dime. Sweltering heat and humidity one week and blisteringly cold the next. When considering your options for your roof you must take all of these factors into account, and we are here for you to answer any of your questions.

 

Sources:

https://www.homeadvancement.com/roof/midwest

https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/smart-ideas/wondering-about-metal-roofs-here-are-the-pros-and-cons


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