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The roof is a crucial component to one's home or business, and it's important to ensure that the right materials are being used given the owner's needs and climate. Asphalt is a common roofing material and is a sticky, tar like pitch material that is commonly mixed with sand or gravel to make it hard. Aside from its use as a durable roofing material, it is also used to pave roads and serve as flooring.

Asphalt roofing is a common material used in the Dallas roofing industry. There are three major categories available within the residential roofing market: strip roofing shingles, dimensional roofing shingles and premium roofing shingles. Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States. They are not only extremely durable; they are also very cost effective for use in residential roofing. They also come in a number of colors to help enhance the aesthetic and curb appeal of the house. For those in wet climes where algae is a problem, asphalt shingles can also come treated with an algaecide to further protect their roof.

The roofing experts at Total roofing of Dallas TX can assist you with any questions regarding gutters or roof maintenance.

In addition to maintaining the roof, it is also important for homeowners to maintain their gutters, a system of water removal that is crucial to carrying rainwater away from and off the house. Gutters not only protect the soundness of the roof, they also carry water away from the foundation as puddling water can weaken the home's overall structural integrity. Standard installation features gutters channeling water from the roof, down the corner of the building and away from the foundation, thus preventing erosion.

Gutters can even maintain their functionality while serving a decorative function. Unlike today's gutters, which are affixed beneath the ledge of the roof, box gutters were built into the roof itself or the roof overhang.

If a homeowner's roof is severely damaged or needs to be replaced due to aging, it might be time to consider reroofing. Reroofing is the process of replacing or adding new shingles onto an existing roof. Those considering this process should have a professional perform a thorough inspection of the roof and gutters before making a final decision.

Owners should be sure to keep in mind that regardless of whether they plan to reroof or just need some basic repairs, a final roof inspection is needed in order to close out the building permit. If everything checks out, the inspector will sign off on the inspection.

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