One of the most important components of your home is your roof which is why it’s so important to make sure that your roofing system is not compromised. At Larson Valley Construction, we have over 60 years of residential roofing experience and our trained expert team members are available to help ensure that everything and everyone in your home are safe, dry, and protected.
Types of Residential Roofing
Shingle roofing is the most affordable and most common roofing material used for residential homes and is the best method to use to protect your home from water damage. Shingle roofing is typically the only material that any contractor will be able to provide solid guarantees against leaking and strong manufacturer warranties that guarantee the material will hold up over time.
Cedar Shakes are typically considered to be an older method for roofing that is not commonly used for new construction but is still used by some because of the beautiful appearance it can give a home. Older homes will sometimes still have cedar shakes under their shingle roof which typically also means that when the roof needs to be replaced, the shakes have to be removed and new plywood decking will also need to be installed to bring the roof decking up to code. The cost of cedar shakes is commonly 2-3 times the cost of a shingle roof.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
One of the most expensive roofing options at 2-4 times the cost of a shingle roof, standing seam metal roofing is installed as a series of overlapping metal panels that are locked together and screwed down underneath the overlap. It allows for expansion and contraction with temperature fluctuation while also reducing chances of water leaking through the screw holes. One of the main benefits of a standing seam metal roof is the energy savings it can provide to homeowners who live in very hot climates and run their air conditioners nearly year round. Beyond that, the other benefits to metal include the appearance for some homeowners and the idea that it will last longer than other roofing types. However, the lifetime of a standing seam metal roof is generally about the same as that of a shingle roof and the manufacturers of metal roofing typically do not offer warranties on the material and contractors generally do not offer any type of workmanship warranty either. Metal roofing tends to be a roofing material that contractors cannot guarantee against leaking as this method has a high likelihood of leaking and/or moisture getting inside the roofing system at some point in the life of the roof. This is especially true in colder climates where frost and condensation on the screw tips and even condensation on the bottom side of the metal results in water getting into your attic and home on a regular basis which can lead to damage from moisture.
Exposed Fastener Metal Roofing (NOT RECOMMENDED)
Exposed fastener or corrugated metal roofing consists of a series of metal panels that overlap and then are screwed down through both layers with a rubber washer to help prevent water leaking through the screw holes. This type of roofing is NOT RECOMMENDED for residential use and is almost guaranteed to leak at some point and can happen even within the first 5 years of installation. The main problem with this roofing is that the screws go through both layers of metal and the rubber washers breakdown from the elements and start to crack or even fall apart resulting in leaks. The only buildings that should be considered for exposed fastener metal are non-climate controlled outbuildings such as sheds and animal shelters where water leaking won’t cause any damage to whatever is kept inside the building. The cost of exposed fastener roofing is about double the cost of a shingle roof.
EPDM rubber membrane or TPO membrane materials are typically used for flat roofing which is not very common on residential roofing but does come up occasionally and ensures that water will not get inside the roofing system.
Most Spanish tile roofing is found in the southwest or other warmer, drier climates where rain is less frequent but can be very heavy when it does occur. Clay, terra cotta, or concrete tiles are installed in rows of lapping waves with troughs in between the rows to carry the water away.
Does my home need a new roof?
For most people, the first indication that they have a problem with their roof is if they find a leak in the house somewhere or if they notice missing shingles from the roof. The most important thing to ensure is that problems with your home’s roof are identified and addressed BEFOFE your roof starts to leak.
Here are some of the common indicators that you should contact us for a free residential roof inspection:
Get a FREE Residential Roof Inspection & Estimate
At Larson Valley Construction, our expert team members will inspect your residential roof and full exterior of your home. Our comprehensive inspection includes checking all of the following areas: