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Environmentally Friendly Roofs

February 22, 2023 by MikeDominick

Environmentally Friendly Roofs

What seems like just a normal part of home construction – the roof – can actually work to improve your home’s environment and the environment around it. For the more adventurous, there are opportunities to employ the latest technology and materials to create eco-friendly roofs. Here are just a few examples.

Cool Roofs

– Made using white glue and gravel

– Reflects the sun’s rays

– Roof is cooler keeping home A/C costs down

– Lasts longer than traditional roofs

Wood Shingle Roof

– Creates a classic, rustic look

– Easy to stain a variety of colors

– Can be recycled when no longer needed

– Requires maintenance for mold and mildew

Metal Roofs

– Can be made from new or recycled materials

– Has high reflective properties

– Long life expectancy

– Can be noisy

Clay Tiles

– Comes in a variety of colors and styles

– Energy efficient by circulating the hot air

– Low maintenance

– Requires additional support due to weight

Slate Tiles

– Stunning look

– Long life expectancy

– Fire resistant

– Can be heavy and difficult to install

Solar Roofing

– Achieved by adding solar panels to existing roof

– Converts sun’s energy into usable electricity

– Low maintenance and long lasting

If you are interested in more eco-friendly options talks with roofing experts like the professionals at Phoenix Roofing! #roofing #RiseAboveTheRest #phoenixroofingsc #roofrepair #roofreplacement #roofingcontractor

Impact Resistant Shingles

February 16, 2023 by MikeDominick

What are Impact Resistant Shingles?

All roofing shingles can withstand some impact from weather or debris but Impact Resistant Shingles are specifically engineered to better hold up from hail damage. No product is hail proof but Impact Resistant Shingles can prevent or reduce roofing damage.

Even if not obviously damaged, hail can cause tiny tears or cracks in your asphalt shingles. Overtime, this can lead to leaks. If hail removes the protective granules from your shingles, it will expose the interior of the shingles changing the look of the roof and making it vulnerable to UV damage.

Impact Resistant Shingles are given a rating based on a class 1-4 system with class 1 being the least protective and class 4 being the most. This is determined based on a test that simulates a hail storm. These shingles are engineered to be more resistant to wind, hair, sleet and other extreme weather conditions.

There is a higher upfront cost for Impact Resistant Shingles, however you may be eligible for a discount from your insurance provider of anywhere from 3-15%. Stronger, more durable shingles may also extend the life of your roof and reduce maintenance or replacement costs.

It only takes a hail storm with hail 1” in diameter to cause significant damage. Roof dents and dings can compromise the integrity of your shingles. In order to identify this type of damage it is important to have regular roofing inspections by a professional like Phoenix Roofing. Call us today to set up your appointment! #roofing #RiseAboveTheRest #phoenixroofingsc #roofrepair #roofreplacement #roofingcontractor

Choosing a Roof Color

February 9, 2023 by MikeDominick

Choosing a Roof Color

Your roof is a major part of your home’s overall look and when it comes to building a new roof or replacing a roof, color is a major decision.

Depending on your neighborhood HOA rules your roof choices may be limited. If they are not then there are many options to choose from. Consider your home’s exterior, the homes around you, and what material your roof will be made of when choosing a roof color.

When it comes to energy efficiency, roof color plays a small role in how your roof works. Today’s technology, roof design, ventilation and insulation are much more important in how your roof operates in the heat or cold. However, roof color can make a small difference. Light color roofs tend to better reflect the sun, keeping your roof cooler, especially in more warm climates. Dark color roofs absorb more sun and can reduce the build up of ice and snow in cold environments.

All roofing materials will fade at some level. Metal roofs tend to withstand fading from the sun a little better than asphalt shingles due to the coating treatment they receive. Clay tiles will not fade for at least 50 years. Darker colors will fade more dramatically than light colors.

When choosing a roof color be sure to look at samples in differing light conditions. Your home may get predominantly morning or afternoon sun which can make a difference in how the color displays. The further south you go in the country the light tends to have more of a reddish hue that may slightly change how your roof looks in the daylight.

Your roof color should contrast but complement your home’s exterior. Think about resale value when you choose a roof color especially if you are thinking about something exotic. There are charts available online that will help you find the best shingle color to match the exterior materials and color of your home.

Pros and Cons of Skylights

February 2, 2023 by MikeDominick

Pros and Cons of Skylights

Skylights – people either seem to love them or hate them. But what’s the truth about skylights? Like anything, there are pros and cons. It’s important to understand both before you make a decision about if skylights are right for your home. So whether you are working on a new build or thinking about renovations, here are some things to consider about skylights.

Skylight Benefits

Skylights are popular for a reason. They can add more natural light to a room, making it feel more open and welcoming. Other benefits include:

– More views of the outside world

– Reduced energy usage because of increased natural light

– Come in a wide variety of designs, shapes and sizes

– Can create a dramatic sense of style in a space

Alternatively though there are some important things to consider before choosing skylights.

It is important to choose the space for your skylight carefully as it could create too much light or too much heat depending on the space and size. Be sure to consider the direction your house sits to know what type of daylight and how much you’ll be getting.

Other factors to consider are:

– Losing heat during the winter months

– Improper installation or insulation can lead to leaks

– Difficulty in cleaning

After careful consideration, think about whether a traditional window could achieve what you are looking for a skylight to do. No matter what you decide it’s important to leave any roofing work to the professionals. Talk with the experts at Phoenix Roofing before moving ahead with any roof repairs or renovations. We can help you make informed decisions that will protect the integrity of your roofing system!

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