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When you are ready to have a roof installed on your home, you need to determine what material is right for you. There are several types of materials that roofs are installed with and they each have pros and cons. There are things that you need to consider when choosing a roof for your home and one main area is what the neighbors are using. It is always a good idea to stay with the theme of your local neighborhood area but you can still play with the colors of the material that you choose. Be sure you know what you are getting when you decide on your new roof material!

Nickerson Roofing Lists Materials You Can Choose From When Having A New Roof Installed

Asphalt Shingles: When you choose an asphalt shingle as your roofing material you are in the same boat of tons of other people. An asphalt shingle is the top used roofing material for several great reasons. One is that they come in many colors and are an economical choice. If you are looking for a roofing choice that tends to cost less, you can go with these shingles. They come in many colors so that you can match it to the exterior to your home. The main con when choosing this option is they tend to wear out sooner and need more maintenance than other materials. You are able to save money at that particular time but you may need to replace sooner than you are ready to.
Clay Tiles: If you want to go with a roofing material that adds more texture and elegance to a home then a clay tile is right for you. They will require a little more work to have installed because they are a heavier material and needs to be laid perfectly so the ridges match up. The great thing about this option is that they last longer and will be more energy efficient than a shingle roof. Some of the cons are that you will need to pay more for the materials because they are more expensive to make and ship. They are a great option for any style home and come in different styles and colors. The biggest con is that you won’t see clay tile roofs in the Lake Tahoe area because they just can’t hold up to our extreme weather conditions!
Slate Roof: If you are looking for elegance and durability a slate roof is the way to go. Slate is a great and beautiful option but only comes in a few colors. They can be grey, blue, black and purple in the shades that each piece is. They are a fire resistant material and because of that and the cost to manufacture them they are going to cost more money. Slate is a great addition but works best on particular homes such as European and French homes.
Metal Roof: You will see many metal roofs in the Lake Tahoe area of California. They are lightweight and long lasting, easy to install, fire resistant and great heat conductors. One of the biggest bonuses of installing metal roofs in our local area is that metal roofing is practically impervious to rain and snow. This is because the surfaces are hard and slippery as well as the way it is designed to interlock so tightly. The cons are cost, noise and the increased risk of dents.

Roof Replacement in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

If you are ready to have your roof replaced you want to call a roofing company. Nickerson Roofing can help guide you in choosing the right roofing material for you and your home. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

With spring quickly approaching, no doubt your home improvement list is being orchestrated. Your roof is one of the many things that often get put on the back burner or neglected all together, but since your roof is an essential component of your home, it might be worth setting a day aside where you can get your roof ready for spring. By keeping up on basic maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of your roof and avoid leaks and early deterioration. With that in mind, we at Nickerson Roofing would like to relate some important things do in an effort to preserve your home’s rooftop.

Spring Roof Inspection & Maintenance Checklist

1. Inspect and assess your roof. If you are not prone to traversing the rooftop you can utilize binoculars to inspect your roof. You are looking for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or anything out of place. Shingles that are loose, missing, buckling, or curling need to be taken note of for replacement. Check out the flashing and eaves for any signs of wood rot or other excessive deterioration. If you have a chimney, inspect the chimney for any blemishes or significant clues that point to damage. Conclude your assessment by ensuring your gutters and downspouts are operational and not showing any signs of rust or other damage. Following the inspection prepare yourself for the needed replacements and repairs that are noted.
2. Roofing repair and/or replacements. The smallest leaks, holes, cracks, and other such damage need to repaired before they get out of control. Summers are known for stimulating intense weather conditions that abuse rooftops and any small fissures you thought weren’t a concern are now getting larger. To prevent any unnecessary damage, make the needed repairs accordingly. Only do the repairs yourself if you are familiar with roofs and do not mind elevated and unleveled surfaces. If you are not comfortable with these hazardous conditions or do not have knowledge concerning rooftops, contact a professional to ensure it is done with skillful precision.
3. Clean and/or repair gutters. The gutter is equally important during your roof maintenance. As mentioned, rain falls quite a bit in the summer in the North Lake Tahoe Basin region. Having adequate gutters can reduce the pressure of the rain. Remove all dirt, mud, sticks, leaves, and any other debris and clogs. If during your cleaning you should notice any rust, holes, cracks, dents, or any other wear make the appropriate repairs, or if necessary replacements.
4. Landscape maintenance. The landscape influences the roof and should be done in early spring. Any trees, shrubs and vegetation should be properly trimmed, pruned and cleared off the roof. Falling limbs can cause costly damage. During the spring and summer, trees can experience random limbs breaking off the tree. If they fall on your roof, you might find you are going to need a new roof all together. To avoid any mishaps and catastrophes, be sure to trim off the branches hanging directly above your roof. Clearing away the vegetation will also reduce pests from doing damage to your roof as well.

Roof Inspections, Repairs, Replacements & More in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

To make your roof maintenance easier, contact Nickerson’s Roofing for a comprehensive roof inspection service. Our experts can assess the condition of your roof and recommend the proper repairs and perform them to ensure your roof is strengthened and ready to endure the upcoming years. Call Nickerson’s Roofing today to get started!

Many homeowners are switching from an asphalt shingle roof to a metal roof. The metal roofing industry have made some serious headway these last few years providing metal roofs with a variety of styles and options to choose from. Additionally they are known to save energy and now many come with a 50 year warranty. But are they a worth while investment from the traditional asphalt shingle roof? Nickerson Roofing will dig deeper into metal roofing systems.

Metal Roofing Options

Metal roofs have been evolving to provide homeowners with a more energy efficient alternative than the traditional asphalt roof. They now offer homeowners with the option to choose color, style such as a faux wood, clay or a slate tile looking roof and even a shingle style as well.

Energy Efficient Metal Roofing Materials

How is metal roofing energy efficient? This is a commonly asked question. The answer is that the metal material reflects the sun which reduces the amount of heat that penetrates the interior of the home. The Department of Energy claims that a metal roof can reduce the amount of heat by 10 to 15 percent. In turn, this means your home’s cooling system works that much less to cool your home. Other metal roofs have also been rated to save up to 25 percent more on the home energy bill. Asphalt shingles actually absorb heat making the home warmer and your cooling system work harder. For this reason more and more homeowners are switching to a metal roof verses an asphalt shingle roof.

Metal Roofing Benefits & Drawbacks

Now of course, like everything else in this world, a metal roof has its downside. For instance, a metal roof makes much more noise than an asphalt or shingle roof. Any time it rains, hails or has an object fall on metal roof, it is much louder than an asphalt roof. A metal roof also costs more than an asphalt roof. However they do require less maintenance than an asphalt shingle roof and they also last longer making them a worthwhile investment. A metal roof also helps reduce fires from lightning and other elemental damages. A metal roof also will require occasional maintenance such as repainting to help protect the metal from water damage or rust.

Low Maintenance Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are becoming more popular because more and more people are finding that they are less of a hassle than a shingle roof and are easier to clean and maintain. With the 50 year warranty, this makes homeowners feel more comfortable in investing in the extra cost than an asphalt shingled roof. Many of the pros and cons seem to affect people differently. It depends on the homeowner to decide if they want to switch to a metal roof or stay with the asphalt shingle roof.

Metal, Asphalt Shingle & More Roofing Services in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

Nickerson Roofing installs metal, asphalt shingle and other types of roofing. Whatever material you find is a right fit for your home and if you’re in the market for a new roof, contact Nickerson Roofing for an inspection to get an estimate on the size of your homes roof and the cost of staying with the type of roof you have now that the cost of switching to a new material. For all of your roofing inspections, repair or replacement needs, contact Nickerson Roofing!