Whether you’re planning to build a new home or replace a damaged roof, you may be overwhelmed by the choice of materials available to you. As a homeowner, it is important to know the different roofing materials available. The benefits of the different roofing materials vary from low maintenance to long-lasting. It is important to consider the benefits and relative cost of each type of roofing material to determine the type that will work best for your house. Consult a reputable local roofing contractor to get a professional recommendation on the type of roof that will work best in your part of the country. Making a choice of the roofing material depending your needs and budget will also help you choose the best roof for your home. If you’re looking for the best type of roof for your home, here are the types of roofs to consider.
As one of the most popular roof options, a metal roof is durable and can last up to 50 years. It is designed for nearly all types of housing. Besides being noncombustible, metal roofs reflect sunlight improving energy efficiency during hot summers. It has excellent durability with low maintenance requirements. When the metal roof starts to lose its shine, you can easily repaint it provided the integrity of the roof is still intact. However, it is difficult to install and can be expensive.
Asphalt shingles are recognizable on many homes. This roofing material can be used on an old or new house. Since they are affordable to install and repair, many people opt for this material. They are fire resistant and also allows you to customize your roof by choosing from a variety of styles, colors and durability levels. However, you should note that this roofing material has a shorter lifespan of two to three decades, which may decrease significantly in severe weather. It is also subject to moss and mildew growth which can easily be mitigated by proper cleaning and maintenance.
Wood Shake Roofs
Wood shakes are the ideal material for historic homes or ranches. This roofing material provides a rustic look and offers natural insulation. It is long lasting if well maintained and is easy to repair. This roof boasts resistance to strong winds and rain while improving energy efficiency. However, it is expensive, has high maintenance requirements and very little fire resistance.
This material provides a high-end look and is long-lasting. They require little maintenance and come in a variety of color options. It is fireproof but very expensive. The colors tend to fade over time and they are very heavy therefore require specialized installers.
Though designed for European-style homes, it can also be fitted on contemporary homes. It is extremely durable when properly maintained and long-lasting. They are fireproof. However, they are very heavy and very fragile making it risky during installation and repair. They are expensive as well.
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