A roof is typically the highest roofing covering of a structure, offering protection from the weather, rain, sunshine, extremes of cold, and wind on uprights. A roof protects the interior of a structure from the external elements (the sun, wind, rain, etc.) and enhances the aesthetic beauty of a property. Depending upon the roof type and materials, a roof may be basic, such as asphalt shingles; composite shingles; metal roofing; or a tile roof.

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When undertaking a roofing project, whether it be a do-it-yourself project or a large scale building project such as a hospital or office building, there are many issues to consider, especially in regards to the roofing materials (e.g., tar/felt paper, roofing felt, shakes, tile, etc.). Each of these materials requires different approaches to installation, some of which require heavy equipment. Additionally, different building codes often require differently designed roofing materials, which may also require specialized tools. Moreover, roofing contractors and/or roofing engineers often recommend one roofing product over another when undertaking a roofing project due to differences in materials (e.g., tar/felt paper requires staining, while a tile roof does not).

In addition to the types of roofing materials, other factors to consider are roofing system design and maintenance. Although most shingles are built to withstand exposure to the weather and the elements, even the best and most durable shingles can be weakened by moisture, insect infestation, extreme heat, storms, severe snow, ice, hail, condensation, algae, mildew, fungus, and other growths. This weakening can result in premature roofing failures, such as buckling, sagging, cupping, or falling leaves, roof leaks, and roof collapsing. Therefore, it is necessary for roofing professionals to select the appropriate roofing materials based on the roofing system, such as flat, pitched, pointed, asymmetrical, or continuous roofs, as well as any other design features or maintenance needs.

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