Do you have a roof on your house? Well of course you do! Otherwise you would find yourself being rained on, snowed on, and even knocked out by hail! Your roof protects you from these and other things such as harmful UV rays from the sun. Most folks in the US have three tab asphalt shingles which are made with a petroleum by-product. They comprise more than 80 percent of all roofing shingles sold. They come in a variety of colors and are usually guaranteed for 20 to 30 years so they are quite cost effective. In fact, a reflective asphalt shingle was developed that can effectively reduce the cost of cooling your home by reflecting infrared light. So asphalt shingles are a good choice when you need roofing in Gig Harbor.
There are a number of roofing materials you can choose from when you need a new roof. These include asphalt shingles, wood shakes, clay tiles, rubber look-alike slate, steel panels, and a whole lot more. About 10 percent of construction costs go into the roof of an average home. Roofing materials come in many price ranges. For example, slate roofing is the most expensive material, but it will last the longest. Furthermore, it is good for the environment, because it is a natural material. Slate roofs can be seen on Buckingham Palace in England. Another building with a slate roof is an English chapel built in the 8th century. This roof has been in service for more than 1,200 years and is still going strong. This is why slate is typically guaranteed for the life of the builder, because builders rarely live to be 1,200 years old!