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A Roof For Every Season

Think about a roof for every season, and that the Northeast can be a pretty harsh place to put down roots and raise a family, especially in the winter months; massive blizzards and chilling ice storms seem to be as regular as clockwork…and don’t even get me started on hurricane season. New Englander’s have been building homes for quite some time now and have learned a trick or two about home improvements, especially where they involve one of the most important parts of your home: the roof.


In this article we’ll look at some of the more common types of roofing materials used throughout the country, and how the different regions and climates can shape a homeowner’s perspective on home improvements.

Asphalt Shingles Maine

Asphalt shingles are the ‘bread and butter’ of the average roofing contractor and have the added benefit of holding the coveted trifecta of home improvement materials:  low cost, durability, and variety. Popular in residential areas, the cost of an asphalt roof will vary depending on the slope or pitch of the roof as well as the inclusion in the cost analysis of roofing features such as skylights and extra chimneys.

New Englanders and other home-owners building their houses in areas with regularly inclement weather would do well to invest some time into researching Architectural Shingles. These shingles have a multi-layered look and are actually several layers of asphalt-coated fiberglass designed in such a way that they exhibit a ‘cedar shake’ type appearance. The benefit of installing this type of asphalt shingle becomes apparent when pieces of your neighbors old-style, three-tab roofing shingles litter the road in front of their home, while your architectural shingles remain solid and secure.

Wood Shingles Maine

Prevalent on the West Coast, Wood Shingles are a natural, though somewhat costly, way to enhance the beauty of your home. A Wood Shingle roof would need to be installed over open-sheathing in order to allow adequate ventilation in the prevention of mold and mildew. Wood shingle styles vary.

Wood Shingles do require more of a time commitment with regard to regular maintenance. Because it is a natural resource and susceptible to wear due to wind and rains your wood shingle roof should be cleaned with a hose and water; re-oiling your wood shingle roof will be an important part of your roofing maintenance “must do” list.

The potential for fire hazard increases with the addition of a wood shingle roof; be sure either you or your contractor has done due diligence and checked with your local and state regulations regarding the application of any fire-retardant sprays.

Metal Roofing Maine

Metal Roofing takes the punishment of the sun and sky, reflecting the rays and allowing the rain to slide effortlessly off the side. Metal Roofing is available for the homeowner in many different shapes and sizes. The roofing panels are set and secured using either exposed or revealed fasteners; it’s important that any and all gaskets remain secure at the screw head.


The material, style, color, and cost of your roof are things that will vary depending on where you live, personal preference, and how much you’re willing to spend. When calculating the cost, do yourself a favor and resist the urge to skimp; a solid, safe, and secure roof is your best protection especially here in Maine.

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