Asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable roofing materials that you can have installed on your home. They are also one of the least durable roofing systems, but there are modern systems to help improve the performance of asphalt shingles. This can include modern underlayments that help protect from leaks and moisture or thicker shingles. Here are some of the improvements that you may want to consider to get more life out of your asphalt roof replacement:
1. Better Performing Roofing Underlayments
The underlayment of your roof is one area of improvement that you may want to consider. You can have rigid foam decking systems, as well as a thicker underlayment. These materials can give your more protection from leaks and moisture, as well as help add energy efficiency to your home.
2. Improvements To Help Protect Against Winter Ice Dams
Ice dams are a cause of many problems in areas with snowfall and cold winters. This happens when snow melts and refreezes at the eaves of your roof. There are some things that can be done to prevent ice dams, such as adding insulation to your attic and using a thick membrane at the edges of your roof. The rubber membrane can help prevent ice dams from causing leaks and water damage at the eaves of your roof.
3. Using Shingles With A Longer Life Span And Thicker Profile
The shingles you choose to reroof your home can also make a difference. Instead of choosing the cheapest materials, look for shingles in the middle with a longer life span. Many of the modern architectural shingles have a much longer guarantee than asphalt shingles. There are also asphalt alternatives that can be used to replace your shingles, which have other benefits, such as better energy ratings.
4. Protecting Your Roofing From Common Causes Of Excessive Wear
There are also many things that can cause common wear problems, such as moisture and fungus growth. If you live in a humid, moist climate, consider using a fungus resistant roofing material. You can also do things like add zinc strips to prevent fungus. In addition, consider fire resistant materials for warm climates or roofing that has UV protection to reduce wear due to sunlight exposure.
These are some of the improvements that you may want to consider to get more life out of asphalt shingles. If you are ready to replace your roof, contact a roofing contractor and ask them about doing some of these improvements to the roof on your home.
To learn more, contact a company like Welty Custom Exteriors, Inc.