Roofing 101

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Roofing Material Options

Asphalt Shingles

These are the most common type of roof materials used, and they are the most common for a reason. They are very affordable, come in a variety of colors, are durable, adapt well to almost any type of climate, and hold up for a lengthy period of time. While asphalt shingles are slightly more expensive that composite shingles, which are made of a combination of materials, they are well worth the extra investment.

Wood Shingles

More commonly referred to as wood shakes, these look great and work well to help keep the house energy efficient. providing more insulation for the attic than most other types of roofing materials. In addition to this, they offer a wide variety of colors, sizes, textures, and width, there will never be two wood shingles roofs that are exactly the same. The issues most people face, wood shingles require a large amount of proper maintenance, including cleaning, sealing, rot inspections, and shingle replacement. This type of roof is also susceptible to mold, mildew, insect burrowing, and rot.

Slate Tile Shingles

These are a popular type of roofing material that is used in older homes. Slate offers superior protection against fire damage, they are impervious to insects and rotting, and they have a long life span. Some of the drawbacks; they are very heavy, and some roofs may need additional repairs to support the additional weight of the tiles, there are a limited number of colors (thanks to mother nature), and you can break tiles by walking on them. Slate tiles do still offer a unique and very popular look for your building, so if you can afford the upgrades to your roof along with the cost of the materials and installation, you should considering installing this type of roofing material.

Clay Shingles

This is popular in hotter climates, especially in the southwestern United States (Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico). These are complex clay tiles that provide incomparable protection for your roof home. These tiles are impervious to insects, rot, mold, fire, and even time. With one of the longest life spans of any other types of tiles you’ll see on a roof, clay tiles can stand the test of time. Like everything else, there are several disadvantages to this type of roofing material. For starters, it’s heavy. You will most likely need additional roof supports for existing structures. Two, they can be damaged easily. In many cases, tiles will break if you walk on them, making roof bound jobs very difficult. Clay tiles are also very expensive.

Metal

Sheet metal has been a popular roofing material for ages. It’s energy efficient, helping to reflect heat to keep the home cool. They’re durable too, being able to withstand almost anything it can be hit with. They’re also made from a large amount of recycled goods. To make it even better, they will last for an insanely long time. With the ups come the downs, and appropriate insulation will be needed in colder environments. While it does help to reflect heat, cold weather can easily freeze a metal roof. Metal roofs are also very expensive, costing more than almost every other type of roofing material since installation is best left to a professional.