Residential Roofing

A roof is designed to shield your home from the elements like rain, snow, wind, and the blazing sun. Without a sturdy and well-maintained roof, the structure of your home could be compromised by water damage, mold, or structural weaknesses. If you are concerned about the integrity of your home’s existing roof, call the specialists at FGA Roofing. We offer a wide selection of professional services that can ensure that your most important investment is well-shielded. 


The Importance of Residential Roofing

A good roof will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It achieves this by preventing the escape of warm air during colder months and reflecting or dissipating heat during hotter times. This not only keeps you comfortable but also reduces energy bills. A roof can also enhance or detract from the curb appeal of your home. With various styles, materials, and colors available, homeowners can select roofs that align with their personal tastes and the architectural style of their homes.

Popular Roofing Materials

Various materials can be used for residential roofing, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages:

  • Asphalt Shingles: These are the most common roofing materials in North America. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and come in a range of colors and styles. On average, asphalt shingles have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
  • Metal Roofs: These can be made from steel, aluminum, or even copper. They're durable, fire-resistant, and can last up to 70 years with proper care. Metal roofs also reflect sunlight, which can reduce cooling costs in the summer.
  • Tile Roofs: Made from clay or concrete, tile roofs are exceptionally durable and can last for over a century. They're commonly seen in Mediterranean, Southwestern, and Spanish-style homes.
  • Wooden Shingles or Shakes: These provide a natural look, often seen on Cape Cod, Colonial, and Tudor homes. While they can last up to 30 years, they do require more maintenance than other materials and may not be suitable for areas prone to wildfires.
  • Slate Roofs: Made from natural stone, slate roofs can last for centuries. They're heavy, which means they require a robust roofing frame, but their longevity and unique appearance can be a significant draw for many homeowners.

Roofing Components

When discussing or considering roofing, it's helpful to understand some basic components and terminology:

  • Decking or Sheathing: This is the foundation of your roof, typically made from panels of plywood or OSB onto which roofing materials are attached.
  • Underlayment: This is a barrier, often made from felt, that sits between the decking and the roofing material. It provides an extra layer of protection against water and wind.
  • Flashings: These are metal pieces used to direct water away from crucial areas, such as chimneys, vents, or the intersections of roof planes.
  • Eaves and Soffits: Eaves are the edges of the roof that overhang the face of a wall. Soffits are the underside of these eaves and can be vented to aid in air circulation in the attic.
  • Ridge: This is the peak where the two sloping sides of a roof meet.

Roof Maintenance and Repair

Routine maintenance is important for those who want to extend the lifespan of their roof. At least twice a year, inspect your roof for signs of damage, such as missing shingles, cracks, or leaks. After extreme weather events, it's wise to perform an additional check. Keep your gutters clear of debris, which can cause water to back up and damage the roof. If you spot damage, address it quickly. Small problems can escalate into much larger, more costly issues if left untreated.

Do You Need Residential Roofing Services for Your Home? 

Whether you need a roof repair after a big storm, or you’re ready to upgrade your outdated shingles, the team at FGA Roofing is here to help. Contact our office for more information about our residential services or to schedule a convenient appointment with a roofing specialist in your neighborhood. 



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