We are in the midst of a very wet stretch here in the valley of the sun. While the rain is not accompanied by a storm, there are times when the valley is rocked by severe winds and rain simultaneously. This brings up concerns about the potential of suffering damage from wind driven rain against your roof. Rain can be erosive over time but when the wind is behind it, the effects can be greater as wind can blow rain water into areas it wouldn’t normally reach. This can cause leaks that only show up when there is wind driven rain that won’t show up any other time, which can make them extremely hard and frustrating to find and deal with.
On their own, leaks can be very detrimental and infuriating. Leaks caused by wind driven rain can persist for years before they are noticed and that is very bad for multiple reasons. Depending on where the water enters your home, you could be at risk of developing mold. There are many different kinds of mold and almost all of them are harmful to the human respiratory system. Some forms, like black mold, can even be deadly if humans are exposed to them. Leaks caused by wind driven rain can lead to major mold growths that could actually cause your home to be condemned and deemed inhabitable. If this happens, not only will you need to spend the resources necessary to fix the leak and your roofing, you will also have to pay to have the mold removed professionally. After the mold removal you may need to have your home routinely inspected for a period of time in order to ensure that it is safe to live in. You will have to pay for each inspection and you are still at risk of possibly losing your home to condemnation.
There are many roofing materials available on the market and making a selection for your roof can get overwhelming if you don’t have knowledge about the materials you have to choose between. The purpose of this blog entry is to equip you with some basic knowledge on various roofing materials to help bring some ease to your selection process. We will briefly outline various materials in the following paragraphs.
Metal: Usually constructed with aluminum or steel and considered the strongest overall option when it comes to durability and longevity. Zinc, titanium and copper are also sometimes used in metal roofing although they can be more expensive.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin: Blends of plastics or metal alloys, TPO’s are commonly used on both residential and commercial buildings that have slopeless roofs. They can be applied to slight slopes as well. They are very durable and the membranes come in varying thickness.
PVC: A long lasting polymer PVC is a flexible and UV resistant. Most commonly used on commercial buildings, PVC membranes are thick and ideal for long term use.
Shingles: The most common roofing material, shingles are affordable and durable. Shingles are made of several materials including wood, cellulose and asphalt. Found in almost every neighborhood in America, shingles are the king of roofing materials and they aren’t unseating the throne any time soon.
Synthetic Tiles: An alternative for wood and slate, synthetic and composite tiles are an efficient and more environmentally friendly substitute for other roofing materials. To the naked eye these tiles are almost indistinguishable from the genuine materials they are imitating. These materials can save you money on your power bill as they can add a considerable amount of efficiency to your homes energy use.
There are tons of options out there and innovations are always being made. Having even basic knowledge on roofing materials can help you construct the roof that best fits you and your building.