Lisa Schade

Broker, BS, CDPE, SFR

Basements and Roofs – Alternative Materials That Last and Look Great

By John Voket


In our final segment on basements and roofs, I will pass on a few of the latest developments in systems and materials available to protect and preserve your roof. 

Schulte roofing (schulteroofing.com) of Navasota, Texas points out that homeowners can get the beauty of wood from a more durable material, by considering shingles made from recycled materials including cellulose fibers are popular. 

They are environmentally friendly, have a Class A fire rating; are thaw and freeze resistant; have UV protection for color consistency; and can withstand up to 100 mph wind gusts.

Shulte also sees metal continuing to be a popular option because it is long-lasting and practically maintenance free; lightweight to decrease stress to an existing system; and a very painless replacement option. 

It can also be coated with a variety of colors to reflect the sun's rays; with proper ventilation, metal can keep the interior of a house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It is also tested to withstand hurricane force winds and protect homes against fires.

Mark Daniel Exteriors out of Dallas, Texas also points out that:

• Metal roofing does not warp, split, rot or crack. It is also impervious to pests and termites and is almost maintenance-free.
• Metal roofing is very durable; it can resist strong winds, some hail, debris, or anything else from Mother Nature. It is also fire-resistant, meaning that it can withstand dry summer heat. When installed by a qualified contractor, it will not require repairs or replacement for many years. This saves your money in the long run.
• In addition, metal roofing has excellent insulation qualities, making it great for reducing your energy bills. If you have other energy-efficient systems at home, you should see your monthly bills drop significantly.

Cornerstone Exteriors of Schaumburg, Ill. (cornerstone-exteriors.com) also talks about the advantages of fiber-cement roofing, which has been around for some time, but is enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity. 

According to the folks at Cornerstone, fiber cement roofs, unbeknownst to most homeowners have been around for more than 50 years. It is just recently that they have become popular because of their easy application and durability. 

Made of a combination of sand, cement and cellulose fibers, fiber cement roofs provide the beauty of a wood roof with the durability of a cement roof. So if you are planning on a new roof this year, Cornerstone says choosing fiber cement can provide the contemporary look of more expensive roofs without the cost. 

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