Mead Lumber: The Importance of High Quality Roofing Materials Blog Featured Image

When constructing or renovating a home, one of the most critical considerations should be the roofing. It’s not just about aesthetics—choosing high-quality roofing materials such as shingles, fascia, and soffit can significantly impact the longevity, performance, and overall health of your house. Here’s a closer look at why investing in top-notch materials for your roof is essential.

CertainTeed Residential Shingles

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Malarkey Residential Shingles

Photo provided by Malarkey Roofing Products

Enhanced Durability and Longevity

The primary function of your roof is to protect your home from the elements. High-quality shingles, for example, are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, from the scorching heat of summer to the icy build-up of winter. Premium shingles often come with advanced features such as improved granule adhesion, UV resistance, and flexibility, which reduce the risk of damage over time.

Shingles of lower quality may not only have a shorter lifespan but can lead to frequent repairs or replacements, which are costly in the long run. Investing in high-grade materials ensures that your roof remains intact and functional for decades, saving you from unexpected roofing expenses.

Better Weather Resistance

Weather resistance is a crucial factor in roofing materials. High-quality shingles are typically tested and certified to meet rigorous standards for wind, fire, and impact resistance. Such certifications ensure that the materials can endure extreme conditions without failing. For instance, premium shingles can resist winds up to 130 miles per hour, providing peace of mind during storm seasons.

Fascia and soffit play significant roles in weather resistance as well. The fascia supports the lower edge of the bottom row of roof tiles and carries the guttering, which is crucial during heavy rainfall. High-quality fascia materials prevent water from entering the roof and attic space. Meanwhile, soffit helps ventilate the attic, controlling moisture and heat buildup that could otherwise lead to roof rot and degraded insulation.

Quality Edge Soffitt at Mead Lumber

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Quality Edge Soffit from Mead Lumber Close-up

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Improved Energy Efficiency

A well-constructed roof with high-quality materials can significantly enhance your home’s energy efficiency. Soffit vents play an essential role in this, as they allow for adequate air flow, reducing heat accumulation in the summer and moisture in the winter. This ventilation helps maintain a more consistent indoor temperature, reducing the strain on your HVAC system and leading to lower energy bills.

High-quality shingles also contribute to energy efficiency. Many are designed to reflect solar heat rather than absorbing it, which keeps homes cooler in warm weather. This feature not only makes the living space more comfortable without overusing air conditioning but also extends the life of the shingles by preventing excessive thermal cycling.

Aesthetic and Resale Value

The roof contributes significantly to the curb appeal of your home. High-quality shingles come in various styles and colors, allowing homeowners to choose an option that best complements their home’s exterior design. A well-chosen roof enhances the overall look of your property, which can be crucial if you plan to sell your home. A beautiful, durable roof can increase property value and attract potential buyers who appreciate the benefit of not having to replace the roof anytime soon.Prevention of Costly Damages

Inadequate roofing materials are susceptible to issues like leaks, mold growth, and structural damage, which are costly to repair. High-quality roofing materials minimize the risk of such damages. They are better equipped to handle the load of snow and rain, resist the growth of algae and fungi, and maintain their structural integrity under varying temperatures.

Central States Metal Roofing at Mead Lumber

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TAMKO Residential Shingles from Mead Lumber

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Choosing high-quality materials for your roof is a wise investment that pays off in the long term. It provides better protection against the elements, improves energy efficiency, enhances the aesthetic appeal of your home, and increases its market value. Remember, the roof is your first line of defense against the harsh environment—it’s essential to give it the attention and quality it deserves.

(Header Photo provided by Malarkey Roofing Products)

Here is a list of the shingle and metal roofing brands we proudly carry (Brand availability varies by location. Please check with your nearest Mead Lumber location to determine which brand(s) it carries.):


Metal Roofing

Soffit & Fascia