If you have noticed skyrocketing energy bills over the past few winters or spotted mildew appearing in your attic, it might be time to consider putting on a new roof. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this winter is expected to be cold and wet. The southern portion of Atlanta has an especially strong chance of seeing colder temperatures this season. Mike Halpert, the deputy director of the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, recommends replacing your roof now if it’s showing signs of wear.

When singles become old and warped, they become much less effective at water-proofing and ventilation. Moisture can get under loose tiles and cause mildew and rot, while missing tiles can lead to inefficient energy usage. For the upcoming dreary weather you’ll need a durable roofing system to protect your home from the elements.

There are many roofing options and materials available, and it’s important to choose the best fit for your home. Below are a few examples of the many roofing products on the market:

  • Asphalt: Asphalt shingles are the most commonly-used shingles on the market. There are multiple types of asphalt that can be used, but be sure to check how fire resistant the material is. Fiberglass asphalt shingles are typically the most fire resistant, while organic asphalt shingles are less fire resistant.
  • Slate: Slate roofs are incredibly durable, but also more expensive. Slate roofs are also more difficult to install, so make sure your contractor has plenty of experience if you choose this option.
  • Tile: Tile roofs are also durable as well as aesthetically pleasing, but tile is very heavy. If you opt to install a tile roof make sure that your home is structurally able to bear the weight. If you don’t want something quite as heavy, metal roofs are a lightweight option.

Also, be sure to take into consideration the location of your home and the amount of sun exposure and shade it experiences throughout the day. Talk to your roofer about the best roofs for your area and specific location.

It’s also important to make smart decisions about your roofing contractors. When looking into different companies, don’t forget to make sure they have proof of insurance and are properly licensed. Read the roof warranties carefully to prevent problems further down the road. As with any company, it’s always a good idea to check for client reviews and recommendations to see the quality of work the roofers have done in the past. With this information, you can be sure your home is ready for the winter! A great resource for finding qualified remodeling professionals, including roofers, is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). This organization connects its professional, high-quality remodeling professionals with consumers looking to remodel or upgrade their home. More about this organization and instructions on finding a NARI professional can be found at, www.NARIAtlanta.org.

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