How Long Does a Roof Last?

Posted on: July 30th, 2015

Putting a new roof on your home is one of the biggest home investments you’ll make.  Most homeowners only replace their roofs once during the time they own their home.  If you’ve researched your options and found the best possible roofing company for the job, you shouldn’t need to replace your shingle roof more than once in 30 years.

For those Baltimore homeowners who have a slate roof, the lifespan of your roof is considerably longer-, lasting more than a century.  Replacing your slate roof may seem a daunting investment, but you can’t beat the lifespan!  In either case, your new roof will bring you many years of comfort and freedom from leaks, drafts and invading critters, if properly installed.

Hiring a Trustworthy Roofer is Key

However, a poorly designed and installed roof has a life expectancy of only ten years or less. That’s not much of a return on your investment.  You need a trustworthy roofing contractor dedicated to your complete satisfaction.

Homeowners in and around Charm City have  trusted the roofing and home exterior experts at Park Heights Roofing since 2001.  The roofers at Park Heights keep on top of new trends and technology in the home exterior and roofing industry in order to bring you the very best.  Park Heights Roofing is also recognized for the high-quality materials used in all of their work.

Keep Your Roof Strong

No matter what material is used, professional installation is the key to a healthy roof.  Ventilation and flashing are equally as pertinent to your roof’s longevity.  Without proper ventilation, your roof can degrade rapidly, and ill-placed flashing can cause water leakage and ice-dam build up, which can cause costly damage to your home’s interior.

In addition to quality components and skilled workmanship, your roof’s lifespan can be extended to the maximum when you follow a few tried-and-true maintenance tips:

  • Keep Gutters Clean – Maintain your gutters seasonally.  Make sure leaves, pine needles, and debris don’t build up and cause damage to your soffits, and fascia boards, sub-roofing, and flashing.  Blocked gutters can weigh heavy on your gutter line as well, causing water to creep in and damage your interior.
  • Clear Away Outside Threats – Examine the area around your roof for threats from trees.  Trim your trees to alleviate the opportunity for branches to fall and damage your roof.
  • Repair Leaks – At the first sign of a leak, contact Park Heights Roofing and schedule a roof inspection.  Repairing the leak immediately will help prevent further damage and costly repairs to your home’s interior.
  • Schedule Regular Inspections – Heavy rain and snow can pelt the Baltimore area and take a toll on your roof.  Any damage might not be visible to the unprofessional eye.  It’s essential to schedule a regular inspection to ensure the long life of your roof.

Contact our Baltimore Roofers Today

For more information on how you can get the most life out of your roof, contact the proven professionals at Park Heights Roofing and find out why we’re the top roofing company in and around Baltimore.  You won’t be disappointed.

Does Light Colored Roofing Save Energy?

Posted on: July 10th, 2015

It’s true that light colors are less heat-absorbing than dark colors.   Dark upholstery inside an automobile makes the interior much hotter, especially when the sun is blazing down on Baltimore.  Darker clothing, in Charm City summers, can be uncomfortable.  And have you ever noticed how much hotter asphalt seems when compared to concrete?

The same principle applies to roofing materials.  When you replace dark roofing with a lighter shade, you lower the temperature of your roof by up to 50°.  That means your home will not only be cooler, but will take a lot less effort, on the part of your cooling system, to create a comfortable home environment, and that translates into savings for you on your power bill.

All roofing materials are not the same and some are naturally more insulating, less heat-absorbent, and greener to manufacture from the get-go.  But, all homes will benefit from lighter colored roofing material when it comes to cooling down your home.  Many homes in the Mid-Atlantic region are topped with slate roofing, a naturally insulating material.  Switching it up to a lighter colored slate makes for savings in your utilities.

Park Heights Roofing is proud to carry energy efficient roofing material and insulation that can help homeowners all over the Baltimore and DC area stay green while keeping utilities low.  Replacing your dark roofing with light colored roofing materials is an investment that begins to pay off immediately.

The Light Colored Difference

In order to maintain a comfortable home, homeowners in and around Baltimore rely on their cooling systems.  You may have one of the newer energy-saving systems in your home, but there’s plenty more that can be done to safeguard the environment as well as your budget. Installing a lighter colored roof will make your cooling system work much more efficiently.

It’s a fact that your home’s dark roof is a heat sponge, soaking up the sun’s rays and distributing that heat into your home.  A light colored roof will reflect the sunlight, instead of absorbing those intensely hot rays, thus lightening the load on your AC and reducing your utility bills by as much as 20%.  Lessening your use of your home’s AC results in fewer carbon emissions, making light colored roofing materials better for the planet.  Less heat absorption means less degradation of your roofing materials as well.

What About Winter?

Some homeowners may wonder what a lighter roof means for their heating bills come fall.  Because of the shorter daylight hours, there is virtually no difference in how warm your house will be with a lighter roof versus a dark one.  Any heat absorbed by a dark roof in cooler temps quickly dissipates before it has a chance to provide any value.

Honest, Reliable Baltimore Roofers

For more on replacing your dark roof with a lighter colored roof, contact Park Heights Roofing, voted the Best in Baltimore.  Park Heights Roofing uses quality materials and experienced, knowledgeable roofers.  Contact Park Heights Roofing today for roof replacement and all of your home exterior needs.