In addition to aesthetics, and quality, front-end costs should also be considered during the selection process. A less expensive roofing product might be a good choice if you only plan to live in your home for a few more years. However, if you expect to be in your home for many years, a more expensive roofing material may be your best choice.
Finally, you should consider the fact that all roofing materials will fade in color over time due to exposure to the sun. This gradual process is natural. By working with Bordner, an experienced and knowledgeable roofing consultant, you’ll be able to evaluate what type of material is best for your home and select a product that protect your home for decades to come.
Determining Hard-Surface Roofing Quality and Durability
The two main criteria used to determine the quality of hard-surfaced roofing products are hardness and moisture absorption. Hardness tests determine the product’s ability to withstand weather conditions such as heat, cold, rain, hail, etc. Moisture absorption tests can determine a roofing product’s ability to withstand the freeze-thaw cycles experienced in the Kansas City area. If the material absorbs moisture, and the moisture freezes and expands, it will cause the roofing material to crack or break.
A number of testing agencies provide evaluation tests and reports for hard-surfaced roofing materials. A satisfactory report from an accredited agency will allow a roofing manufacturer to display a certification number from the International Building Codes (IBC) on its product labels and literature. Bordner uses product’s IBC number to help homeowners determine which hard-surfaced materials should be considered for installation.