A properly installed roof with premium materials could increase the value, energy efficiency, and curb appeal of your home. As a premier Virginia Beach roofing company, L. McDaniel Contracting understands the specific needs of contemporary and historical homes in the area.
Temperatures frequently get hot in Virginia. In summer months, dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Cool roofing materials can produce temperatures that are 50 degrees cooler under the same conditions. Your roof also needs to adequately withstand rain, snow, and temperature conditions that drop below freezing in winter.
Because of its location on the Atlantic Coast, your Virginia Beach roofing should be able to withstand the occasional hurricane or tropical storm that heads your way. Moderately pitched hip roofs are better at withstanding high winds than gabled roofs.
If you have a historic home, though, you can still use roofing materials that will remain in keeping with the architecture of your residence yet provide greater protection against the extreme elements of tropical cyclones. L. McDaniel Contracting will work with you to provide the best quality roof while also addressing your concerns.
Asphalt and wood shingles are the two most common roofing materials found in this area. Asphalt shingles with sloped roofs are popular because of their affordability and ease of installation. Most also come embedded with fiberglass in the mat for durability and resistance to tearing. They also come in a variety of colors to match virtually any architectural style. Many come with warranties of up to 50 years.
Wood shingles are commonly manufactured from Red Cedar, Eastern White Cedar, or Alaskan Yellow Cedar. They are dimensionally stable and resist insects and rotting. Installing wooden shingles requires specific skills, thus making this type of roofing expensive. They’re eco-friendly, they’re more energy-efficient than asphalt shingles, and they’re a good choice for historical homes.
Metal roofing has grown increasingly popular with residential customers due to its long life. With proper care and maintenance, it can last 50 years or longer. Metal roofs have good energy efficiency, thus allowing you to use central air conditioning less in the summer.
In short, the best type of roofing for your Virginia Beach home is one that fits within your budget, your architectural style, and the wide weather demands presented by the region’s climate.