Is Copper Roofing Right For Your Home?

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When you choose residential roofing, you need to consider the whole range of costs you might encounter and not just the initial cost of your roof. Instead, some people only consider the installation cost. Asphalt shingles might be the least expensive roofing option for residential roofing, but when you buy a premium material, you are paying for more than the ability to improve the aesthetics of your home. Premium materials, such as copper, can help you to reduce costs down the road, so the high initial cost might actually help you to save money over the lifetime of your roof. 

Problems with Asphalt Shingles

In order to appreciate how you can save money with a copper roof, you need to consider the downsides of an asphalt roof and how they can add to your costs.

One problem with asphalt shingles is that they will heat up under the assault of the sun's UV rays. Once your shingles warm up, they will heat up the rest of your home, so shingles can lead to higher cooling costs during the summer.

A second problem is that shingles are susceptible to weather damage. Wind and hail can take a real toll on your shingles. Depending on how severe the weather damage is, you might have to repair or entirely replace your roof, and frequent repairs or replacements can get costly. 

The Cost-Saving Advantages of a Copper Roof

You have a few options for copper roofing: you can use shingles, metal plates, or one solid metal sheet to cover your roof. The options that are the most impervious to weather damage are metal plates and sheets. A copper sheet with a sufficient thickness will resist hail damage and, because of the way that copper is attached to your roof, you don't have to worry about wind damage.

As long as your copper stays shiny, it will reflect some of the sun's energy away from your home, so you shouldn't have to worry as much about high summer heating costs.

A final advantage of copper is that it can last for well over a hundred years on your roof. Thus, when you use copper on your roof, you can greatly reduce if not eliminate repair and replacement costs.

Eliminating future costs is just as important as—if not more important than—keeping initial costs low. If you can afford the initial cost of a copper roof, you will improve the beauty of your home, but you will also help to keep future roofing costs low. 

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12 February 2015

Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.