What Are the Best Roofing Materials for Your Home?
Best Roofing Materials
If you have to repair or replace your roof, it can be easy to get confused by the number of choices available. Depending on your home, type of roof, and environment, there may be a “best roofing choice” for you. Here are some of the most common roofing materials and how they are best used.
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Asphalt shingles are not only one of the most common type of roofing material, but they are also the least expensive, and the easiest to install. They also come in a wide variety of colors. All these factors may make asphalt shingles the best roofing choice for many homes.
The downside is that this type of roofing is also less durable. By choosing a higher-quality product, and ensuring that your roof receives proper maintenance, you can make this type of roofing last as long as possible.
Clay and Concrete Tiles
If you want a durable roof more than anything, clay and concrete tiles are some of the best roofing options. They are also more fire-resistant than other roofing materials.
Unfortunately, these options are also more expensive than other options, such as asphalt, and their weight makes them suitable only for certain roof styles, such as gable roofs. Otherwise, clay and tile roofing will require extra reinforcements.
Many different materials make up the category of “metal” roofing material, giving homeowners lots of options to choose from. Even recycled metals can be used for metal roofing. This material absorbs less heat than asphalt, and is highly fire-resistant. Because it is highly resistant to wind and can be lighter in weight, metal can be used on low- to high-pitched roofs.
Metal also requires special experience to install, so be sure to choose a roofing contractor with experience in installing metal. This type of roofing also needs special maintenance and regular inspections.
Slate is also known as one of the best roofing materials due to its durability, resistance to fire and wind, elegant appearance, low maintenance, and eco-friendliness.
At the same time, however, slate is fairly costly and requires more experience and knowledge to install. Since it is also a heavy material, it is best only for steep, reinforced roofs.
Wood Shingles and Shakes
Wood shingles or thicker wood shakes can give a warm, rustic look to a home, especially once the material weathers from brown to a gray over time. Wood shingles and shakes are also wind-resistant, and can be used on a variety of roof styles.
Since wood is an organic material, it is more vulnerable to decay and so requires greater maintenance to prevent or repair cracks and rot. If you use higher-quality materials that have been pre-treated, this can help increase the roof’s durability. Since wood is also less fire-resistant, it may not be permitted under local fire codes.
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