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Midwest Roofing provides roofing repair and installation services at the Lake of the Ozarks, Jefferson City, and Columbia areas. Our blog contains posts rich with tips and tricks on maintaining and protecting your home or commercial building.

The Importance of Algae Resistant Roofing

algae resistent roof

Algae is a bothersome and unattractive problem that can strike anywhere on your home or commercial building, and the roof shingles are especially one place that is a definite breeding ground for it. Roofs that get a lot of shade or are constantly battling hot and humid conditions are more susceptible to this problem. There are a few things that you can do to prevent this problem from occurring, and getting algae resistant roof shingles is a good place to start.


Is Algae Harmful?

The main question that people usually have about algae is concerning whether or not it is harmful to your roof. Technically the answer is no since it is more of a cosmetic issue. So when you look at it from a cosmetic perspective, algae is definitely not pleasant to look at. You're not going to want to look at it, you're not going to want your visitors to have to look at it, and if you're trying to sell your home or business, a potential buyer is definitely not going to be happy with it either.

What Are Algae Resistant Shingles?

Algae resistant shingles are a type of shingle that prevents the growth of algae. They look exactly the same as any other type of shingle, but they are just manufactured a little differently.

How Do Algae Resistant Shingles Work?

Algae resistant shingles are like regular asphalt shingles but with copper granules embedded into them and mixed together with the normal granules. They are strategically embedded in a way that each shingle is protected while the entire roof still keeps a uniform look and color. Roughly 10% of the roof is made up of these copper granules. With each year, these shingles continue to grow and gain popularity.

Contact us today at Midwest Roofing for more information on algae resistant shingles and what they can do for your home or commercial building.

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What Are the Best Roofing Materials for Your Lake House or Condo?

Best Roofing Materials for Lake House or Condo

Living near Lake of the Ozarks is a combination of peaceful, scenic and eventful, but when it comes to your roofing, being close to the water can also offer a few challenges in terms of choosing building materials for your home. Not all materials can stand up to the demands of a moisture-filled environment. This is especially true with roofing materials. Products like wooden shingles can easily be compromised by constant exposure to moisture.

Roofing Materials That Work Well for Lake Properties

  • Copper: Cooper is one of the best roofing products you can choose for your lakefront property. Not only is it beautiful, but it can last for 50 years or more and naturally repels water and resists mildew. Copper roofing is also lightweight and won't add any additional weight to the top of your home during those heavy Missouri snowfalls.
  • Slate: Slate is one of the most durable roofing materials on the market. A properly-installed slate roof can easily last a century or more. Even though you'll pay more for a slate roof, you'll never have to replace it. In addition, slate is naturally impervious to water and resistant to fire and hail.
  • Asphalt Shingles: Yet another good roofing choice for lakefront homes is asphalt shingles. Though this type of roofing doesn't last nearly as long as copper or slate, it is one of the most affordable types of roofing and is completely recyclable. Asphalt shingles are also very versatile and come in a variety of colors.

Contact Midwest Roofing today for more information on different roofing materials for your Lake House or Condo.

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The Pros and Cons of Copper Roofing

Pros and Cons of Copper Roofing

Anybody who's ever seen a copper weather vane or cupola, knows how beautiful copper is in an outdoor setting. It can be treated to resist weathering, but some people find the greenish patina that weathered copper develops to be just as beautiful -- if not more so -- than when it's shiny and new! (Interestingly, because our air quality is actually better than it was years ago, copper doesn't develop a greenish patina very quickly these days.) Copper is both classic and classy, and there's nothing more beautiful than home topped with a copper roof.

Metal roofs in general are gaining in popularity, and for good reason. A metal roof, although more expensive than other materials at the outset, can last for several decades. It sheds snow and ice better than any other material, and it looks great too! Copper falls into the metal roof category, and if you're thinking about investing in a long-lived copper roof, it's helpful to be aware of the pros and cons before you decide.

Pros of Copper Roofing

  • Copper makes for a stunning roof, boosting both curb-side appeal and the resale value of a home.
  • Outstanding performance against wind, fire and water damage.
  • It may outlast you!
  • They're recyclable, eco-friendly, and highly unlikely to end up in a landfill.

Cons of Copper Roofing

  • Copper roofing is pricey, which is why you'll often see it used on porch roofs or overhangs as an accent, while the rest of the home's roof is shingled.
  • Like most metal roofs, copper is resonant, meaning you'll hear the rain as it falls on your roof. That said, it's softer than most metals, so it's actually a bit quieter in a rainstorm than other metal roofing.

A copper roof is a statement roof, and if you can afford one, you're not likely to regret it. It instantly upgrades the look of a home, increasing its resale value both because of its beauty and its longevity!

If you're considering a new roof, whether it's copper, metal, shingles or another material, contact us at Midwest Roofing, serving Lake Ozark, Osage Beach, Eldon, Camdenton and Jefferson City, MO with quality roofing services and guaranteed customer satisfaction! Give us a call today at (573) 619-5641 for a free inspection and quote.

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How to Tell if Your Commercial Roof is Energy-Efficient

Energy Efficient Commercial Roofing

Nowadays, people are all about saving energy wherever they can. We live in a time where the topic of energy efficiency is definitely a hot one. Not only is it good for the environment, but it's good for your wallet, too. Energy costs are at an all-time high, so it's no surprise that people are doing whatever they can to conserve it. One of the biggest questions concerning the energy efficiency of your commercial building is if your roof fits the bill. Keep reading to find out how you can tell if your commercial roof is energy-efficient.

What Makes a Commercial Roof Energy-Efficient?

So, what makes a commercial roof energy-efficient? For starters, in order to have an energy-efficient roof, it needs to block out the heat instead of absorb it. Meaning that since your roof will likely be in direct sunlight, you will want that sunlight to bounce right off of your roof and back into the atmosphere. When a roof absorbs the sunlight, it transfers that warmth right into your building. Cool roofing is a good way to go in order to prevent this from happening. It's probably the most popular and effective roofing type for commercial buildings.

Other types of roofing that are reflective include TPO and metal. TPO roofing is known for being energy-efficient. And you wouldn't think that metal roofing would be energy-efficient since metal tends to get very hot very fast, but that is exactly the reason why it works so well. It gets so hot because it is actually reflecting the sun and keeping what's underneath it cooler.

Contact us today at Midwest Roofing for more information on commercial roofing and how to tell if it's energy-efficient.

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Understanding the Different Types of Single-Ply Roofing Systems EPDM and TPO

Single Ply Roofing Systems

When the roof of your commercial or industrial building is in need of replacement, a single-ply roofing system may be your best option in terms of value, speed of installation, and durability. Midwest Roofing offers two different types of single-ply roofing, EPDM and TPO. This post will help you understand these two different types of single-ply roofing systems.

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer)

Benefits

  • Has a long track record of durability and longevity in the roofing industry.
  • EPDM is a rubber compound that is resistant to temperature fluctuations, UV radiation, and degradation caused by ozone exposure.
  • EPDM is manufactured in large sheets which means faster installation and less seams to seal.

Drawbacks

  • Although very dourable, EPDM is not resistant to hydrocarbons that are commonly found in oils, fuels, and cooking grease. This may be an important factor in your roofing decision if your commercial building manufactures or uses these substances.
  • EPDM is considered a thermoset material. A thermoset material does not soften when heated so the seams in an EPDM roof must be sealed using tapes or adhesives.

TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin)

Benefits

  • TPO is a relatively new single-ply roofing material that is made from ethylene propylene rubber.
  • Although TPO hasn't been around as long as EPDM, it is gaining popularity in the roofing industry. According to this article on roofingcalc.com: "TPO roofing membranes have been manufactured in the US since the early 1990's and are now the fastest growing segment of the US single-ply roofing industry."
  • TPO shares some of the same characteristics as EPDM as well as high flexibility, resistance to punctures and tears, and resistance to hydrocarbons.
  • Highly reflective which translates into cooler roof temperatures and decreased HVAC costs.

Drawbacks

  • While TPO is fast becoming a popular roofing choice, it is still relatively new in the industry.
  • Unlike EPDM, TPO is a thermoplastic, so the seams must be hot-air welded together to create a water-tight seal. And while hot-air welded seams may seem more desirable over tape or adhesive sealed seams, hot-air welding may add complexity and time to the roof installation.

For more information about these and other commercial roofing systems or to schedule a free roof inspection and quote contact us today.

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