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Bay windows are one of the most attractive and functional ways you can upgrade the appearance of your home because it’s relatively inexpensive and gives you lots of bang for your buck both inside and outside of your home. But some contractors who install Elmhurst windows don’t put as much thought into the kind of roofing they use on these specialty windows as they should. Since it’s a relatively small area compared to the roof of your house, they may not discuss the many available options with their customers. Opal Enterprises’ roofing contractors don’t skip this critical step. Instead, we explain the various options on every job so that our customers end up with windows that are beautiful and durable from top to bottom.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER BAY WINDOW ROOFING MATERIALS
Because bay windows pop out from your home’s exterior walls for a more dimensional effect, they are more exposed to the elements. They aren’t sheltered by the eaves or protected by the main roof of your house. The top needs to be covered with weather-tight materials, and Opal Enterprises offers homeowners several beautiful choices to choose from. Be sure to discuss materials and style with your contractor before having your new bay window roofing installed to ensure that you end up with one that is not only beautiful but durable and energy efficient as well.
TIMBERLINE OFFERS THREE KINDS OF SHINGLES
Timberline offers a variety of lovely shingle options that will protect your windows while looking great. Their Designer Series give you the look of custom, wood shakes without the hassle of real wood. They last for years and are backed by premium grade underlay to prevent leaks or ice dams from damaging your home’s interior. They also offer Cool Series shingles that reflect light to reduce heat build-up and minimize your home’s heating costs. Installed on bay windows, they prevent drafts and cold spots. If you live in an area where tornados or other natural disasters could cause damage from flying debris, Timberline’s Armour Shield series is highly impact resistant, making them ideal for Elmhurst bay windows like yours.
METAL ROOFING DESIGNED FOR ARCHITECTURAL USE
Architectural elements such as bay windows usually have a fairly high slope that demands metal roofing that can shed water. That is, the water is channelled away from the upper edge and down over the edge so that the moisture can’t pool or stagnate, leading to problems with seepage or chronic dampness. They have overlapping seams that prevent moisture from soaking through to the decking and come in a wide range of styles and colors that mimic materials such as shingles, shakes, tile and slate. In some instances, the slope of roofing may be more shallow than normal, particularly if the curve of the bay is long and shallow. For this style of custom bay, our roofing contractor may suggest a watertight metal roof due to its ability to keep water out even when the roof pitch is low.
For the best bay window roofing for your home, take the time to talk to Opal Enterprises’ professional window and roofing specialists. We will help you select the ideal style and material to complement your house and protect it from the elements.