When it comes to roofing, BACK Construction has you covered

Heads up! Learn more about roofing materials below.

They shield you and your belongings from inclement weather, invasive creatures, and the harsh rays of the sun… but what roofing material is best for you?

The Basics

Most people don’t know much about roofing materials, outside of how painful a hassle it is to nail your own shingles on a hot summer day. However, your roof shouldn’t be a frustration nor an afterthought. When your roof needs repaired or replaced, we’re here to help, but if you’re just interested in learning more about which roofing material is right for you and your home, we’ve provided this helpful guide.

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Shingles

The aforementioned shingle is the bane of many a homeowner’s existence, but it doesn’t have to be. The two types of shingles are asphalt and wood. Most likely, asphalt shingles are what you are familiar with, and what you fear, as they are the most popular roofing material.

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Asphalt Shingles 

Asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing option, match many architectural styles, come in a wide variety of colors and styles, easy for a professional to install, and can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials, while keeping their color and overall appearance. On the downside, asphalt shingles do not hold up as well as other roofing materials and will eventually require replacement, usually around 20 to 25 years. Also, asphalt shingles do not insulate your home as well as some roofing materials.

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Wood Shingles

While wood shingles last about 5 years longer than asphalt shingles, they also cost more and require more maintenance. Despite the higher price, many homeowners love the natural, rustic look of wood shingles, the way they age with time, resulting in a fetching grayish hue, and the way they compliment historic homes, bungalows, Cape Cods, cottages, Tudor, and Craftsman homes. Wood shingles can be purchased in a variety of woods to match your home and taste, including cedar, redwood, pine, etc. As appealing as wood shingles are visually, they are not right for all climates, as they are susceptible to mold, as well as splitting or rotting. Additionally, some zoning laws do not allow them, due to their inherent fire risk, but wood shingles can be purchased with a fire-resistant coating.

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Tile

Traditionally, roof tiles have been made of clay, which requires professional installation and provides both a romantic aesthetic and additional texture to any Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern, Spanish-style, or ranch home. An alternative to clay tiles, concrete tiles are more cost effective and give roofs a similar appearance to clay tiles. Both tiles are very durable, non-combustible, last approximately 40 to 50 years, and come in a variety of styles, including flat, ribbed, curved, and scalloped. Although concrete tiles are more affordable than clay tiles, neither is cheap, and both require weight bearing framing be added to your home. So, both clay and concrete tile roofs can be a hefty, though worthwhile, investment.

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Metal

Asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing option, match many architectural styles, come in a wide variety of colors and styles, easy for a professional to install, and can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials, while keeping their color and overall appearance. On the downside, asphalt shingles do not hold up as well as other roofing materials and will eventually require replacement, usually around 20 to 25 years. Also, asphalt shingles do not insulate your home as well as some roofing materials.

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Slate

Asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing option, match many architectural styles, come in a wide variety of colors and styles, easy for a professional to install, and can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials, while keeping their color and overall appearance. On the downside, asphalt shingles do not hold up as well as other roofing materials and will eventually require replacement, usually around 20 to 25 years. Also, asphalt shingles do not insulate your home as well as some roofing materials.

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Green Options 

Asphalt shingles are the least expensive roofing option, match many architectural styles, come in a wide variety of colors and styles, easy for a professional to install, and can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials, while keeping their color and overall appearance. On the downside, asphalt shingles do not hold up as well as other roofing materials and will eventually require replacement, usually around 20 to 25 years. Also, asphalt shingles do not insulate your home as well as some roofing materials.

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Don’t Forget…

Selecting and installing a front door or designing a full entryway can be a difficult process, but if you follow these helpful tips, you’ll make the right decision for your home. Not only will this guide help, but BACK Construction and our skilled craftsman are only a phone call away. BACK Construction can assist you with all of your questions or concerns about your front door and can help you with all your renovation needs. Why try to rough it on your own when BACK can have your back? Call BACK Construction today!

We complete roofing projects, big or small, including roof, flashing, and chimney repairs, and whole roof replacement. We service the following Kentucky areas:

Service Area:

  • Lexington
  • Paris
  • Richmond
  • Winchester
  • Jessamine
  • Scott
  • Anderson
  • Woodford County

We take great pride in our work and our clients’ satisfaction. That’s why we use CertainTeed asphalt shingles and can make available a Lifetime Warranty for your roof. BACK Construction has received the CertainTeed Select Shingler status, which is the highest level of training possible.

Repairing or replacing a roof can be a difficult process, but if you follow these helpful tips, you’ll make the right decision for your home. Not only will this guide help, but BACK Construction and our skilled craftsman are only a phone call away. BACK Construction can assist you with all of your questions or concerns about your roof repair and replacement and can help you with all your renovation needs. Why try to rough it on your own when BACK can have your back? Call BACK Construction today!

If you have questions about remodeling projects, or just want some further tips, feel free to give us a call. Did you know that we also offer handyman services? Because of BACK Construction’s reputation of being the highest quality remodeler in Lexington, Kentucky, many people think we only do large projects. We offer the same quality for small projects as with a large project, because we have the same skilled craftsmen on each and every one. In fact, BACK’s handyman service is an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner.

Contact us today, no matter what size project you have, and we will provide our quality workmanship to handle your project with care. Our team of skilled, professional craftsmen will make sure your project is done BACK better!

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