Building a new house? Replacing a roof on your current home? Either way, when it’s time to build a roof, there are a lot of choices to make. There are many different roofing materials on the market, and each have their unique pros and cons. Educate yourself about the different kinds of roofing materials to make an informed decision when it’s time to buy.
Asphalt Composition Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material for homes on the market today. There are traditionally two ways to make asphalt shingles. One way is with fiberglass, which is fire and moisture resistant. The other is with an organic paper fiber mat, which resists high winds and cold whether. These materials are combined with mineral granules and asphalt to create shingles.
One of the main reason asphalt shingles are popular is their cost. They are inexpensive and versatile, able to be used on many different slopes. They are, however, not as durable as other kinds of roofing materials.
Clay tiles are one of the oldest roofing materials still in use today. They are an extremely durable material, and many historic buildings with clay tile roofs continue to function well today. They can offer your home a traditional Spanish or Italian appearance, generally making your home look grand. Their lovely colors makes clay tiles one of the most aesthetically pleasing roofing materials.
Because of their weight, clay tiles need a reinforced roof framing to be installed. They can break due to their brittle nature, but once installed on a roof tend to remain for a long time. They are extremely fire resistant. Clay tiles are a more expensive roofing material.
Slate is another old roofing material, potentially even older than clay tile. Like clay tile, slate can be somewhat brittle, and is an expensive material. However, it is made fully from natural materials, making it an eco-friendly roofing choice. It’s also highly resistant to both wind and fire. Slate is therefore a durable roofing material.
Slate only works on steeply sloped roofs. It requires specially trained workers for proper installation.
There are many different kinds of metal used for roofing. Steel, copper, zinc, and aluminum are all common metal roofing materials. Though more expensive than the economical asphalt shingles, metal roofing is more wind resistant and longer lasting. If cost is your concern, different kinds of metal roofing materials are less expensive.
Metal roofing is also versatile in appearance. It can be installed for in shingles to look like other materials, or in sheets.
Choosing a material for your home’s roof requires careful research and consideration. Once you have completed your own research, a professional roofing company can help you choose the right material for you. Aesthetic, architectural, financial, and climate considerations are all important when making the choice. The right roof will fulfill all of your home’s needs.