Date Posted: Aug. 19, 2015
If you live in a city with a dry desert climate, such as Albuquerque, having a durable roof over your head is a non-negotiable. Pick an unsuitable material, or poor installation, and you not only render your roof more susceptible to damage from the elements but also make everyone at home feel uncomfortable. When choosing a roofing material, therefore, take the time to consider these factors.
Every responsible homeowner wants a roof that will last for a long time, and a good way to make that happen is to make sure your roofing material is appropriate for your roof type, flat or pitched. With flat roofs, make sure that the membrane of choice consists of at least two layers, of an adequate thickness, properly installed. Pitched roofs can be shingle, metal, or tile, but must also be properly installed, with the correct prep under the shingle, metal, or tile. Keep away destructive debris buildups by clearing debris from roof valleys, canales and gutters every year and re-sealing transitions and penetrations as required or at least once every two years.
Reflectivity and Emissivity
In a nutshell, reflectivity is the ability of a material to bounce heat back, while emissivity is its ability to dissipate any heat it has absorbed. The best roofing materials for Albuquerque homes are those with higher emissivity and reflectivity since these provide optimal shade against the warm climate. With more heat being reflected away, it is easier for your home to remain properly insulated against heat and cold.
Ponding is a problem with all flat roofs. Ponds tend to form on your roof when the surface is uneven and the roof does not drain correctly. Ponding water speeds the deterioration of the roofing materials, increasing the chances of leaks, thereby shortening the roof’s lifespan and decreasing its reflectivity. Ponding can be avoided with proper preparation, insuring there are no significant dams or dips before the flat roof system is applied, whether the flat roof is membrane, or a standard, built-up tar and gravel roof.
Apart from choosing a roofing material based on these factors, you need to ensure that your new roof is installed properly so you can maximize its benefits. You can count on a full-service roofing company like Chavez Roofing Corporation for the kind of professional installation that ensures your roof’s long-term durability.
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