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When You Buy a New Roof, Focus on High-Quality Material and Maintaining Longevity | Different Types of Roofs

Roofs can be pricey, but let’s face it, it is better to buy a high-quality roof in the first place, this way, you don’t waste any money on poorly working roofs that have to be replaced anyway. When you need a roof replacement, you should focus on the material you choose as this will determine your roofs longevity.

For instance, if you live in a really hot region you may want to consider roofing shingles, as this material is known to last anywhere from fifteen to fifty years! Yes, this durable material can last half a century, if you properly maintain and repair any roofing issues early on. 

In this article, we will discuss four different roofing materials commonly used, what climates they are best in, and how long they typically last. These facts that we are about to present to you will enable you to choose the best type of roofing material that is feasible for your budget and lasts you long into the future. 

When you are on the hunt to find the best roof—look for longevity.  

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4 Different Types of Material Used for Roof Installations 

  1. Asphalt roof shingles in Kansas City—commonly known to last for half a century, if not longer. Although, you must make sure to repair and maintain your asphalt roof if you want it to last this long, otherwise, consider a shorter roof-life. Many people opt to get this material as it is long-lasting, sturdy, affordable, comes in various designs and is loved for its simple upkeep. Luckily this material is green, recyclable, and offers terrific soundproof capabilities for a home sweet home type of peace.

  1. Metal roofs also have a reputation for lasting fifty years plus. If you are on the prowl to find a roof that helps you lower your utility bill costs when it comes to heat and cool air, then you may want to look into purchasing a metal roof; if you and looking for a full roof replacement. This design offers a durable and aesthetic appeal. Whether you are dealing with rain, hail, snow, sleet, high winds, you name it, this type of material is built to withstand the harshest of environments. 
  1. Slate roofing tile material—Believe it or not, this type of roof does not get hot and destroy itself in the summer months. Instead, this high-quality roof material is known to last over 100-years in certain regions. Slate tiles are manufactured by using stone; since this is natural, the beautiful appearance may outdo metal and asphalt shingles in terms of look and design. This is a pricey and strong roof material that offers a fine finish along with absolute longevity. Although, the cost may be a deterrent for those on a limited budget. 
  1. Clay roofing tiles—This material is common in the Southwestern region and is good for really hot and cold weather. The roof style is a Spanish inspired design and resists fire and damage caused by pesky neighborhood bugs and the weather. Keep in mind, the Southern region often experiences Monsoon season in the summer months leading into the fall (July—September); it is no wonder that clay roofing tiles are able to handle heavy rainfall and freezing temperatures. If you live in the desert, it may be wise to install this type of roofing material. 

Roofs don’t come in one design; our roofing contractors will educate you, and help you find the best material for your home or commercial building in Kansas City.  


Call JG Contracting at 816-253-8762 and one of our roofing contractors in Kansas City will help you decide what roof material is right for you and your unique situation. 

Roof Critters Cause Roofs to Fall Apart

People don’t often think about their roof until there is a problem with it. It is important to know the types of animals aka critters in your area that seek refuge on top of your roof. 

When critters get on top of your roof and make a home for themselves, you are in for trouble sooner or later as the droppings and leftover food particles could cause fungus and mold, this will destroy your roof. 

This is why it is utmost important to get your roof cleaned and examined at least once a year, depending on the condition of your current roof structure.

You also should get your roof looked at after any major weather event that your area suffers from. 

If your roof gets to the point where it falls apart, you will have to spend loads of money, this is why taking care of the problem when it is small is a better idea. So, now you are probably thinking, what types of critters are able to get onto your roof? Read further to find out. 

Roof Critters to Watch Out for:

    • Raccoons find their way to roofs
    • Birds will make a home on your roof
    • Squirrels 
    • Mice/rats
    • Possums
    • Bats

How do you determine whether or not you have critters on top of your roof? First off, you need to make sure that you don’t hear any noises.

If critters are in fact existing above you, then you will most likely hear their activity during the night. These creatures are active at night. 

Take a stroll to your attic if it is in safe conditions, if you see any holes, you will need to have this patched up right away. Matters could get a lot worse quickly.

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If a critter managed to make their way into your attic from your roof access, then you will need to call JG Contracting immediately. These types of pests and their feces are extremely hazardous to everyone’s health. If you get to this point, you will need to call pest control before our roofers near you fix your roof.

If you happen to see any signs of critters on your roof, you will need an inspection. In order to maintain your structure, you need to take care of your roof, as it protects you and your family from the treacherous weather that precariously enters our lives.

For a roof evaluation, call 816-253-8762 for a free estimate, at JG Contracting, roofers nearby, we have seen it all.

Critters like to set up shop on our roofs; we believe in protecting your health and your roof. You can get ill from the critters and their leftovers.

If you don’t act now, but the signs are there, you will have to pay more if you neglect the situation.

Keep in mind, if you live in an area that is full of trees, you will need to have experts trim them. Do not give critters easy access to your roof. Your home is yours, not theirs, don’t let critters take over your property. Give us a call at 816-253-8762 and take charge of your roof decisions today. 

Hurricanes, wind, fires, floods, tornadoes, and hail will ruin your roof.

Some speculators think that global warming is in the midst of happening. Bad weather is worse than it has ever been. A hurricane fifty years ago was not as devastating as some of the ones we’ve recently experienced; Sandy, Katrina, Florence, to name a few.

Whether you are residing in the south, north, east, or west, you need to make sure that you have your roof assessed. Get it evaluated after each disastrous weather event. The good news is, at JG Contracting roofing Kansas City, we evaluate your roof and make sure that you are safely protected. Roofers nearby are in demand due to too many natural disasters. 

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Top 5 Reasons to get your roof checked after a devastating weather event:

        • Your roof will age, just like you. It deals with many weather events, from the cold winter months to the pouring raindrops, heavy winds, and the hot summer days. Maintaining its presence is vital if you want to limit your entire roofing costs.  After all, no one wants to have to buy a whole new roof, simply because they decided to neglect an inspection.
        • If your roof is not properly draining water that it comes in contact with it, then you will have a horrible problem. The water damage could start to deteriorate your roof. 

          An inspection will be able to address and solve this issue before it gets worse and more costly. 

        • If you have any kind of critter that lives on your roof, it will pollute your structure. Having a roofing inspection will enable you to allow JG Contracting roofing Kansas City, the ability to take care of your roofing needs.  Your roof will need to be cleaned a couple of times throughout the year in order to maintain its health, any unwanted debris will be cleared. 
        • Safety and security; if your residential or commercial roof has not been inspected, you will risk an unsafe environment. You never know, is the roof going to cave in? If any roof decided to give out, then people would get hurt, this is why it is vital for people to call JG Contracting for a roof inspection today.
        • At JG Contracting roofing Kansas City, we make sure to offer 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Year after year, we put our customers and roofs first, this is our main goal, after all. 

Limit your costs, be safe, and have peace of mind when it comes to the roof that protects you. As discussed, the weather is getting worse and may continue to do so. 

What we can do to protect ourselves, our families, and our employees is opt to get a roof inspection to minimize long-term risks and out-of-pocket costs. Give JG Contracting a call at 816-253-8762 and we will provide you with a free estimate. 

David Lindsey - Vice President

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David Lindsey is regarded as the top siding & windows expert in the Midwest. David has over 45 years experience in this business having owned and operated 2 companies and consulted many others. David’s expertise is not only having relationships with suppliers and his installers, but very solid relationships with his customers. In fact, when Joe Gentle met David Lindsey he was most impressed how their business philosophy aligned so much on customer service.

It wasn’t easy for Joe to convince David to come on board as JG’s Vice President of siding & windows, but after 4 meetings and much prayer they both agreed that JG Contracting is where “Team Lindsey” should be. David accepted Joe’s offer and now JG has, not only the highest quality roofing and gutters division, but the highest quality siding & windows division as well. We at JG are very careful when we use the words “highest quality”, but we say this with 100% confidence and we have the testimonies to prove it. JG Contracting is honored to have David and his team exclusively on board with us and since David’s arrival siding and windows at JG Contracting has never been better

Jim Peterson - Quality Control

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Jim Peterson started out with JG Contracting as a Project Manager. His skills are vast and his attention to detail caught the eye of Joe Gentle. Joe saw the need for a quality control and quickly asked Jim to fill that position and he accepted. Since Jim took over, the quality control has become awesome. His duties include checking jobs before and after, monitoring all roofing builds, working with trades and final inspections. We are very proud to have Jim here at JG Contracting!

Billy Norton - Gutter Div. Supervisor

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Billy owned and operated his own gutter and gutter helmet company for over 15 years. When Joe Gentle started JG Contracting he hired Billy’s company as his gutters/ helmets sub contractor. As JG grew and because of Billy Norton’s attention to detail and outstanding work ethic, Joe Gentle asked Billy to come on board full time working exclusively for JG Contracting. JG acquired Billy’s company and now has its own gutters and gutter helmet division headed up by Billy Norton and the best gutter and helmet crew in the industry.
JG is proud to have Billy and his crew as JG’s new family members!


Rob Atkins-Twin Cities General Manager

Rob has over 20 years experience in all aspects of the contracting business including roofing, siding, gutters and windows. He has owned and operated his own business for years and although was successful, found the challenge of developing professional teams in severe storm locations much more fulfilling both personally and financially.

Rob worked for various companies all over the country and when he called Joe Gentle about a severe hail storm that hit the Twin Cities, Joe immediately knew he needed to partner with Rob and expand his mid-west operation to include that location.

Both Rob and Joe have similar vision for contracting, wanting to serve their customers through a local location and with a professional approach to hail and wind restoration. Both men agree that the customer always comes first and seek to perform each job with 100% homeowner satisfaction.

Rob came on board with JG Contracting as General Manager of their new location in Coon Rapids, MN and in a very short period of time established a local presence for our Twin Cities residents. Rob’s responsibilities are vast including developing professional Project Managers, ordering, scheduling and overseeing each job to homeowner satisfaction.

JG Contracting is licensed and insured as a Minnesota Roofing Contractor and is extremely proud to call Rob Atkins our new family member.

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Sabrina Tweedie - AR Manager

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When JG needed assistance in accounts receivable, Brandi, our office manager, suggested we hire Sabrina. Sabrina quickly proved her right. She is extremely organized, courteous and hard working. Sabrina’s primary duties are running our accounts receivables and customer service.

Matt Tweedie - Ordering And Scheduling

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Matt’s background is in the restaurant management industry. He’s worked for various large corporations and although did very well financially found the late hours and working holidays wasn’t something he wanted to pursue. His organizational skills and strong work ethic made him the perfect fit for JG’s ordering and scheduling dept. Matt’s responsibilities are ordering & scheduling all of JG’s roofing jobs, working with project managers, assisting with insurance companies, customer service and supplementing code upgrades. We are very proud to call Matt a JG family member.

Brandi Tweedie- Office Manager

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 Brandi’s experience in management includes restaurant management and sales coordinator for two very successful companies. She worked long hours often working weekends and holidays. This was challenging for her as a wife and mom and when the opportunity came for Joe & Dawn to hire an office manager for JG’s independence office, Brandi was first on the list. Brandi accepted the office manager position and quickly excelled to one of JG’s most valuable assets. Brandi’s duties include customer service, final invoicing, working with insurance carriers and keeping the office running like a clock. We are very happy to have Brandi as a JG family member.

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