Capping off your home with a new roof

  • From bottom, Santo Arce and his cousins Joe Arce and Matt Arce put a new roof on at Turners Falls garage working for Hayden Roofing Co. out of Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Joe Arce and his brother Matt Arce put a new roof on at Turners Falls garage working for Hayden Roofing Co. out of Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • From bottom, Santo Arce and his cousins Joe Arce and Matt Arce put a new roof on at Turners Falls garage working for Hayden Roofing Co. out of Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Santo Arce lines up an asphalt roofing shingle on a Turners Falls garage for Hayden Roofing Co. out of Orange. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

For the Recorder
Published: 1/12/2021 3:42:31 PM

When the time comes to replace your roof, the choices can be daunting. You need to consider your budget, how much maintenance you are willing or able to do, what shingle materials to use and, of course, who to hire to install your roof.

For example, a newer type of asphalt shingle has been developed that can last for 50 years. Brian Newton, owner of Hayden Construction in Orange said new shingles are embedded with copper. Hayden Construction has been in operation since 1970. Newton took over the business in 2002.

“There are so many colors you can choose from now too — grays, browns, reds and several tones of each color,” he said. Newton added that materials come with warranties that can go from 20 to 50 years and are generally prorated when you purchase a home during the warranty time frame. Some good news is, roofing materials have improved to the point where far less maintenance is involved Newton said, recommending homeowners just try to keep plant materials such as pine needles from piling up. Some homes have straight-forward roofs and others, Newton said, have “valleys, peaks, and dormers. Those roofs are more labor-intensive to install and care for than a gable roof.”

It is not uncommon for roofs to have a build-up of mold or moss. Newton said that in 2010 were developed and came to the market which all but eliminates that problem.

“The copper in the shingles kills off the fungus,” he said.

The most common choices for roofing are asphalt shingles or metal roofing. With asphalt, you have lower costs associated with materials and installation but tend to need replacement sooner. Metal roofs are much more expensive, with copper being the most expensive, but can last up to 100 years.

“Another pro of metal roofs is you don’t have to worry about ice dams,” he said. He added that if you are constructing a new home, to be aware of where the snow is going to slide off of the roof. “I have seen snow sheer off vent pipes and chimneys with the right winter and the right snow,” he said.

Newton said you always want to have an ice water guard so that water can’t leak into your home as well. Metal roofs sometimes can develop issues if the fasteners wear out he said. Regardless of materials used for your roof Newton advises repairs be made sooner rather than later.

“You don’t want to wait. Maintain the roof before the leak to avoid interior damage. These issues never happen in the best of times or best of weather,” he said.

Choosing a roofing contractor

Other considerations when looking to replace your roof include thinking about the age of your home and how much weight the roof might be able to bear. Newton said he checks out each house himself as he understands homeowners aren’t always going to have or know all the needed information for the job.

“You can’t make an estimate on the phone. You have to really look at it,” he said.

Newton warns against falling for the scam of someone (you haven’t called) showing up at your door with a cheap offer. Other tips Newton offered in considering a roofer include “seeing their insurance certificate with your own eyes” and asking questions about their employees.

“Are they full-time or day workers? Are the workers insured? And always ask for references,” he said. “If they have no reference history, there is a reason for it,” he added. A simple observation Newton shared was “seeing what kind of truck they drive” to give you an idea of whether they are likely to be on the up and up.

It is important to note you should always get a full description of work written up with the estimate he said.

Types of roofing materials to consider

Gleaning from modernize.com here is a brief listing of types of materials and general information about the materials.

Three-tab asphalt: Your most affordable and most commonly used option, particularly in relation to the installation. These shingles are thinner and have an organic mat paper base so they tend to wear out more quickly than higher-end shingles. They generally will last 15-20 years.

Architectural shingles: More durable than asphalt. They have an extra laminate layer that contours them, creating a “sculpted” look. With proper maintenance, they can last 30-50 years, or 15 to 20 generally.

Metal roofing: There are a variety of metal materials to choose from. Metal roofs are among the most expensive for materials and installation (upwards of $38,000 depending on your home), but add a great deal of value to your home and last a lifetime. You can also save on homeowners insurance if you have a metal roof installed as they are fire-resistant.

Wood shingles and wood shake: Wood shingles are manufactured from a variety of woods. Wood shake is hand cut from 200-300-year-old cedar trees, which makes them unsustainable. Wood shake lasts 30 to 40 years and are more expensive than wood shingles.

Slate shingles: Most important is having a roof that can bear the weight. There is little variation in color or looks. Middle-range expensive and can last 60 to 150 years.

Rubber shingles: Best quality is they can “mimic” other popular styles of shingles and are energy efficient. They are middle-range expensive and only last 15 to 20 years.

Composite plastic shingles: Produced from recycled plastic, they are environmentally friendly, can mimic a rage of shingle styles, are less expensive and easy to install, but only last seven to 20 years.

For more information, call Hayden Construction at 978-544-3140.

Cris Carl is an avid local gardener, licensed therapist and certified herbalist. She is an experienced journalist who has written for the Recorder for many years. cstormfox57@gmail.com.


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