Every homeowner wants a durable, long-lasting roof to keep out the elements, the cold, and destructive moisture. Your roof’s longevity is determined by a number of factors, including weather, climate, roofing materials, and proper installation. How can you ensure that your new roof is sturdy and long-lasting? Read on to find out. Guide to Getting a New Roof that Lasts 50 Yeats A Good Roof Starts with Great Materials The more durable and high-quality your roofing material is, the more reliable your roof will be. Asphalt shingles, rubber, and metal are the most popular roofing materials and each comes with different price points, benefits, and drawbacks. With help from your roofing project specialist at Northeast Home & Energy, you can find the option that works best for your home. Whichever you choose, it is crucial to not to skimp on quality. You cannot have a durable roof with flimsy material. There are so many manufacturers and types of materials that it can be overwhelming trying to choose one. That’s why we offer our homeowners what we think is the best material on the market: GAF shingles. GAF offers three levels of shingles, and every product is built to stand the test of time. Your best option for an indestructible, worry-free roof is Timberline® Lifetime Architectural Roofing Shingles. As North America’s best-selling shingle, Timberline® shingles come with a 50-year warranty. And for those who value style and substance, GAF offers Timberline® Ultra High Definition shingles with dual shadow line to make your home truly beautiful. Timberline® UHD shingles also help protect your roof’s beauty by fighting the blue-green algae that leaves dark black stains behind — with an exclusive patent-pending StainGuard Plus™ Time-Release Technology. Craftsmanship Counts Without expert craftsmanship and proper installation, no roof can be truly durable. If your roof is installed incorrectly, it could be more prone to damage and leaks. Shoddy installation can even jeopardize your warranty! At Northeast Home & Energy, we pride ourselves on outstanding quality of our craftsmanship and the personal attention we give to every homeowner. Our business is founded upon responsive, professional home improvements for all of our neighbors. Our skill is industry-recognized as a GAF Master Elite® contractor. This title means we have proven ourselves to go above and beyond industry standards. When your roof is installed, you are assured a dependable, skillful contractor. Because we stand by our work, we offer a workmanship warranty, which means you have protection against poorly installed roofing. It’s our promise to you that we always deliver high-quality craftsmanship. Proper Ventilation is Vital It’s understandable that roof ventilation is often overlooked, as most homeowners are simply worried about their roof keeping their home dry. However, a well-ventilated roof can make life easier and better for those living beneath it. Proper roof and attic ventilation can lower heating and cooling costs, improve interior comfort, and grant longer life to roof shingles. In the summertime, a properly ventilated roof allows hot air in the attic to escape, reducing the demand on your air conditioning system. In the winter, ventilation combines with good attic insulation to keep the roof surface cold so that snow won’t melt on the roof surface and then freeze to form ice dams along the eaves. Maintenance The easiest way to ensure that your roof has a long life is to schedule regular yearly check-ups. Consistent maintenance is key to preventing issues like leaks & missing shingles and fixing problems before they become too big & costly. Regular upkeep also helps keep your roof watertight, preventing expensive damage to your home and property. Only a professional roofing contractor can conduct a truly thorough inspection. However, you can always do a preliminary inspection to identify any major problems. If you do this, look out for damaged or missing shingles and water stains or damp spots. In case of any issues, call Northeast Home & Energy right way. We offer our homeowners the best roofing materials, top-notch installation, and customer care. When you work with Northeast Home & Energy, you can rest easy knowing that we stand behind our work. Disclosure: 50-year roof warranty excludes acts of nature, such as hail, fire, winds (including gusts) over the applicable wind speed (130 mph), or ice damming.