If you own a home that has a leaking roof, you should consider the possibility of repairing your old Grand Manor house roof. This old Victorian style roofing system can be a bit difficult to replace, so you might want to save the money that would normally go toward replacing the roof and consider repairing the roof on your own. You may be thinking that it’s not possible to do a DIY roof repair for such a large roof, but it really isn’t as hard as you might think. If you’re willing to spend some time researching this option and taking the proper precautions, you can repair your roof on your own and avoid spending money to have the job done.
If you plan on repairing your roof yourself, you should understand some important facts about manor shingles. First of all, this style of residential roofing products is not the same as other types of shingle that are often used for domestic roofing projects. Most home improvement stores and online websites will sell replacement shingle that looks a lot like authentic manor shingles. However, you should know that these shingle type products are no better for replacing a roof than flat wood shingles, and they can actually cost you more in the long run because they are not as durable.
Vinyl shingles, also known as multi-layered shingles, are a different product altogether. Although the product has been around for decades, vinyl shingles were recently approved by the UL (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) to be used in residential roofs. Because of this, these shingles offer many benefits over other man made products, including the fact that they come with a longer warranty than flat or prefinished shingled roofs. Additionally, unlike man-made shingle products, multi-layered shingled products have a much longer warranty and typically come with a lifetime warranty.
Asphalt shingled roofs may also be replaced with the vinyl alternative, but the problem with asphalt shingled roofs is that they are typically much more expensive to replace. If asphalt shingled roofing is starting to look old, or if there is evidence that the roof is starting to fail, it is very important that you replace it with a new one as soon as possible. You should not attempt to repair an older roof without first having it inspected by a professional roofer to ensure that the damage is not due to unseen damage caused by the elements or poor installation. In most cases, a roofer will recommend that you purchase a new asphalt shingle roof instead. Even if you decide to purchase the asphalt shingle roofing product on your own, the warranty provided will likely cover the cost of the roofing installation.
The biggest advantage of using slate roofing for your home is the lifetime limited warranty provided. Because the slate is so durable, it cannot become damaged by algae or water seepage, both of which can cause major damage to other types of roofing systems. Lifetime limited warranties are great because they ensure that if something does happen to your roof, you are covered. For instance, if there is a leak in the roof and the algae is causing major damage to your roof, your roofer can repair the leak, remove the algae, and re-install your shingled roof.
Unfortunately, using slate shingles in Manhattan is not as easy as installing slate shingles on a other type of roof. Manhattan is a city that experiences a higher number of high winds than other cities in the United States. This means that more than six inches of rain is often required to properly install slate shingles on Manhattan homes. This makes it difficult for homeowners to choose whether or not slate is the best roofing option for their home.
When comparing slate to other types of roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, homeowners must also consider the shadow lines left by slate shingles. Asphalt shingles offer little in the way of shade, but when the sun hits the asphalt shingles, it causes the shingled roof to reflect the sun’s rays back onto your property, thus reducing the amount of heat in the air and warming your home. Slate on the other hand offers a little bit of shade, but when the sun hits the slate, it heats the roof shingling, which reduces the amount of heat in the air.
With all of these factors considered, slate certainly has its benefits. Of course, there are many factors to consider before purchasing slate shingles, such as costs, ease of installation, appearance, and longevity. However, one thing that no homeowner should forget to think about is the fact that slate roofs offer five layers of protection. Asphalt shingles offer only two layers of protection, making them more susceptible to wear and tear and more susceptible to fire damage.