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4 of the Best Types of Shingles for Snowy Climates

 

The best shingles for snowy climates are those that offer the most protection, durability, and affordability. There is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a new roof for your home or business, but not all types of shingles will be able to withstand the harsh winter weather. Read on to learn about four of the top contenders.

 

  1. Composite Shingle

When choosing roofing materials for snowy climates, you want to look for options that are both durable and able to withstand heavy amounts of weight. Composite shingles, which are composed of various recycled materials including rubber, plastic, and vinyl, can be an excellent choice. Composite shingles also hold the shape and color for years, making this choice a great investment for any roof. Also, this type of shingle repels moisture and mold. Since these shingles are lightweight, you won’t have to worry about them breaking under the weight of snow.

 

  1. Slate Roofing

Slate roofing is another great option for snowy climates, and in addition to offering superior protection, they’re often very aesthetically pleasing as well. Slate roofing has long been a preferred material by homeowners for its durability against strong wind, storms, hail, and snow. The natural aesthetics of slate are sure to capture attention from neighbors and passersby. It brings a classic, natural beauty to the exterior design of your home. For states that get a lot of snow, like Colorado, many roofs are sloped. Slate roofing works best on sloped roofs, making this type of shingle one of the best!

 

  1. Asphalt Roofing

Whether it’s asphalt shingles or asphalt tiles, the right choice for your home is largely going to depend on your budget and personal preferences. These are usually made from a combination of fossilized materials, clay minerals and limestone. The great thing about these types of roofing materials is that they’re affordable but can still offer high durability.

  1. Metal Roofing

Metal roofing – including copper and aluminum – is the most expensive option on this list, but its durability and unique appearance make it worth considering. With so many different styles and colors available, you’re sure to be able to find a metal roof that will meet your needs. Plus, since they’re resistant to harsh colds, snow, and ice, they can also be the best choice for snowy climates. Their single-sheet construction can also prevent issues like ice dams. Keep in mind that snow tends to slide quickly off of metal roofs in one big pile, so talk to your roofer about the best location for walkways if you want to avoid being dumped on.

No matter what roofing material you decide to go with, keep in mind that it’s important to get the advice of a professional such as Petrali Roofing. Petrali Roofing is a Master Elite certified roofing contractor that has been serving residential and commercial clients since 1982. Our company offers skills accrued over 30 years in the roofing business, which means that we address all roofing problems with professionalism and integrity. Contact us today for more information.

 

 

What to Know…Before Buying or Selling a Home in Colorado Springs

 

A home inspection is a key and, in many cases, required part of the home buying process. As a buyer, you’re making a big investment and you, your mortgage company, and insurance company need to be sure that you’re not taking on unnecessary risks. As a seller, you might want to make sure you’re not leaving money on the table. In this blog, we’re going to talk about why it might be a good idea to have a licensed roofer perform their own inspection prior to buying or selling a home in the Colorado Springs area.

 

What a Home Inspection IS and ISN’T:

 

A home inspection is a thorough inspection of the structure and systems within a home and in many cases, they can take several hours to complete. A home inspector must be up to date on current codes as well as knowledgeable about all of the inner workings of a home from the foundation to the roof, and everything in-between. While this might seem like it’s enough to give you an accurate picture of the condition of the roof, a general home inspection tends to only cover a cursory look at the attic and roof which could leave you exposed in a real estate transaction.  Below is a list of some of the things that are NOT required of a home inspector:

  • Walking on the roof when it is not internally accessible. This means, if ladder access is their only way onto the roof, they will likely just inspect it visually from their ladder.
  • Removal of debris, snow, or ice that is obstructing areas of the roof from being assessed.
  • Inspecting other roof attachments like antennas, satellite dishes, or lightning arresters.
  • Checking powered roof ventilation to determine if it’s working properly.
  • Determining whether the roof is adequately ventilated.
  • Checking for the presence of hail damage.
  • Checking for manufacturer or workmanship defects.
  • Indicating the number of roofing layers present.
  • Determining the remaining life expectancy of the roof.
  • Inspecting internal gutter and downspout systems.

Roof Inspections for Buyer

Only an experienced and licensed roofer can tell you if those curled up shingles or minor gaps in the flashing have caused severe water damage to the underlying structure. A roofer will go through the attic and across the entire roof surface inspecting the shingles, attachments, flashing, HVAC caps, plumbing boots, ventilation, gutters, and downspouts  in detail, noting any problems and the impact they may pose. Having a good idea of required roofing repairs or related structural damage gives you better leverage when you negotiate the price of the home and the conditions of the sale. If you have a detailed report on the state of the roof, you can argue that the price of the home should be reduced to offset the cost of the repairs or replacement or that the seller should take care of the issues before closing. As a buyer, you can also ask that the seller get a roof certification. We’ll talk more about that later.

 

Roof Inspections for Sellers

When you go to sell your house, many experts suggest you get the roof inspection out of the way before listing it.  A pre-listing inspection could make the whole sales process faster and easier for everyone involved and when you know the value of your roof going into negotiations, you retain more power than you otherwise might. If a buyer feels that the roof is going to be a financial drain on them in the future, they’re likely to ask for a reduction in price to compensate, meaning you come away with less money at the closing table. If you’re not looking to offer a credit to buyers, taking care of these issues prior to listing means you can get ahead of potential hang-ups and will ensure you can sell at the top of the market.

 

What is a Roof Certification?

While a roof inspection is an important step in the selling process, it’s a roof certification that could seal the deal and put buyers’ minds at ease. It’s not included in a standard inspection, but it’s worth it for sellers who want to reassure buyers that the roof will remain in good condition for the near future. A roof certification is a document from a roofing professional meant to inform the homeowner (and prospective buyers) about the roof’s condition and expected lifespan and is typically valid for 3 to 5 years after inspection. If problems are earmarked and your roof does require some TLC, you’ll be issued the certification once the necessary repairs have been made.

New Construction

With a new construction sale, your contract will include a final walkthrough, but it might or might not include an inspection. Sure, throughout the construction process the building department will perform periodic inspections to ensure the structure and systems meet code but, you’d be wise to ask to include an inspection contingency and plan on ordering your own independent inspection. One reason a buyer might be moved to buy a new construction home is the expectation that it will be free from issues found in aging houses. But even though a home is brand new, it can still have issues. In fact, sometimes issues in a home are indeed the direct result of its status as new construction. In some cases, builders work too fast because the longer it takes to build a house, the more money it costs them. Builders may also only strive to meet the bare minimums of code and they frequently rely on subcontractors whose competence and diligence might range significantly. On top of all that, sometimes mistakes just happen. Buyers should definitely not assume that their home will be flawless just because it is new construction. Thankfully, most new homes come with a warranty of at least a year so if you notice anything during that time, contact your builder right away.

We know we’ve given you a lot to think about. If you’re looking to buy a new or existing home, call, text, or email Petrali Roofing or fill out the form for a free, no-obligation roof inspection so you can be ready to negotiate before making your big investment. If you’re selling your home, let us inspect it for you and prepare a report so you can put your best foot forward in the listing and if you’re looking for a roof certification, we offer either a 3-year or a 5-year at an additional cost. Contact us today for more information.