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Things to Consider when Choosing Roofers in Kansas City

Roof repairs must be performed properly if they are to prevent future damage to your attic and eaves. This means that finding reputable roofers in Kansas City is especially important for homeowners. If you’re in need of a roofing company, here are some things you should keep in mind whenever you are choosing.

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Timberline Shingles: Durable Shingles with an Architectural Flair

Over time, the Kansas City region’s cool to cold winters and long, sultry summers can wreak havoc on your shingles. Exposure to sun, wind and rain takes its toll on any shingled roof. Most homeowners know the obvious symptoms of roof shingles that desperately need replacing: water drip-drip-dripping maddeningly through the ceiling or around a window or skylight into a pot or other container poised below to catch rainwater. Other subtle to severe symptoms, however, indicate the need for replacement shingles: algae or moss growth on old shingles, sloughing granules, cracked, missing or decayed shingles and/or exposed roofing nails. If you note any or all of these, it’s probably high time to replace your roof’s shingles.

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Why CertainTeed Warranties Are #1

Having a new roof installed on your Kansas City home is one of the single most important investments you will make. With an average lifespan of 15 to 25 years for a shingled roof, making the best decisions when choosing a contractor, materials, and warranties are important. At Bill West Roofing we understant that the decisions you make today will add to the beauty and value of your home for years to come.

Warranties

A new roof should always come with at least a basic warranty that protects against faulty manufacturing and repair and replacement of defective shingles will be covered by the manufacturer. CertainTeed warranties take that a step further with different levels of coverage and extended coverage periods.

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Is My Roof Leaking or Is It Something Else?

Roofs can be tricky things sometimes – especially when spots appear on your ceiling and you wonder if its your roof leaking, or could it be something else? Here are two common causes for Kansas City ceiling damage that seem like roof leaks, but really are something else:

High Humidity

roof leaking kansas city blue springs repair new install missouri As most of us know, Kansas City has a LOT of humidity!

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Roofing Safety

roofing safety procedures kansas city blue springs missouri install new repairKeeping our employees and our customers safe is our #1 priority first and foremost.

Safety is great concern for all roofing companies in Kansas City and not taking the time to make sure that a few roofing safety steps are in place before starting your project can be costly!

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Selecting Shingles

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Two thing you want keep in mind when selecting shingles are Shingle Quality and Shingle Selection.

Your roof is an investment and we here at Bill West Roofing want to make sure you have the information you need before choosing the materials that will protect your Kansas City home or commercial property. Not only is it important that your roof look good and compliment the architectural style of your building, but even more important is how well it will protect you and your possessions from whatever Mother Nature throws at it.

Different Types of Shingles:

All shingles are not created equal. Here are some of the different styles and the characteristics that set them apart.

  • 3-Tab Shingles
  • Architectural Shingles
  • Asphalt Designer Shingles

3-Tab Shingles

The most basic shingle available at your local lumber yard is the 3-tab shingle. Typically this is a flat, 2-dimensional mat core of fiberglass, coated with a single layer of asphalt and covered in ceramic granules. This creates different color blends. While providing adequate coverage, 3-Tab shingles only have a 2-dimensional look, while the architectural shingles are 3-dimensional.

Architectural Shingles

While heavier than traditional 3-Tab shingles, the roofing materials in Architectural Shingles do not need added roof support. The core of an Architectural Shingle is constructed with a thick mat made of fiberglass or organic materials, then multiple layers of asphalt and fiberglass materials are applied, the top layer covered in colored granules. Due to its multilayer construction these shingles have a 3-dimensional appearance, and shingle manufacturers can create a wider variety of color blend options that compliment your home or business.

When considering a new shingle roof prior to selling your house, architectural shingles usually provide the best return on investment. This is because even an economical architectural shingle will increase your homes curb appeal by a large amount.

Most Architectural Shingles will have a 25 to 40 year, and even lifetime, warranty because of how durable they are. They are resistant to curling and bending and able to withstand high temperatures. Their heavy weight construction also make them resistant to wind damage.

Designer Shingles

As their name suggests, Designer Shingles are asphalt shingles constructed in classic shades to create the dimensional appearance of real slate or wood shake shingles. They are manufactured with a two-piece laminated fiber glass-based construction. The thickness and heaviness of these shingles give them a rich, textured look.

Designer Shingles are costlier than architectural shingles, however, they are significantly less costly to install than real slate or shake shingles and do not require the extra bracing to support the weight of slate or shakes.

Designer Shingles look best on steep sloped roofs, where color and textural variations are better displayed. Installing Designer Shingles on a low slope roof may lead to disappointment, as the angle of viewing will not show the pattern as well.

Bill West Roofing can help you choose the right shingle for your home in Kansas City metro area and situation. We offer a variety of shingle options and are generally willing to install other brands or materials you may be interested in.

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