For most of us the roof on our house is an afterthought until it starts to leak. In reality, your roof is your homes single most important defense when it comes to protecting it from the elements. When it’s time to replace your roof, choosing a roofing material that will serve you best can not only complement your house but take it to new heights.
Here’s a quick guide to help you choose a roofing material that fits your house’s style and your budget.
Asphalt shingles, or composition roofing, is the most common roofing material used on houses. It’s lowest in cost and easiest to install.
Cellulose or fiberglass mats coated with asphalt and granules
Available in many colors
Lightweight with a flat profile
Lasts 15-20 years; the heavier the shingle, the longer it will last
Algae-resistant granules available for warm, humid climates
Petroleum based product thats not eco-friendly. Can be recycled, though often taken to landfills
Cost: Inexpensive to moderate
Wood shingles and shakes are made from cedar, redwood, and southern pine. Some local codes prohibit wood because it’s flammable.
Wood’s natural character blends with the landscape
Shingles are flat and machine sawn on both sides
Shakes are thick and may be hand split
Requires a roof with at least 4:12 slope to shed water
Lasts 15 to 25 years; apply preservative and fungicide every two to five years
Eco-friendly; made from natural materials
Metal shingles are long lasting, lightweight, and fire-resistant, but they conduct heat and can be noisy.
Made of aluminum, steel, or copper
Come in standing seam, corrugated, or faux-shake styles
Can last 30 to 50 years;color coatings guaranteed against fading for 25 years
Eco-friendly; may be made from recycled materials and can be recycled when replaced
Aluminum won’t rust, but lower grades can dent
Cost: Moderate (steel) to expensive (copper)
Historic and older homes are often roofed with this natural quarried stone. Characteristics:
Available in different colors and grades, depending on origin
Considered virtually indestructible
Eco-friendly; made from natural materials
Requires specialized skills and expertise to install
Can weigh 700 to 2,000 pounds per square; usually requires reinforced roof framing
Lasts 75+ years; only maintenance is replacing broken tiles
Cost: Very expensive
Concrete tiles imitate clay and slate in appearance and durability; can also look like wood shakes. Characteristics:
Can be molded to interlock so they’re easy to install
Roof framing may need to be reinforced to handle the weight
Somewhat eco-friendly; made from natural materials but requires significant energy to manufacture
Lighter-weight types available
Can last 50+ years
Some products come with limited lifetime warranties transferable to new owners
Only maintenance is checking for loose or cracked tiles
Also known as synthetic slate, rubber composite shingles are molded from a blend of plastic and rubber bonded molecularly. Characteristics:
Convincing texture, like slate, with color through the material
Eco-Friendly: Some are made from recycled materials. Can be recycled when replaced
Lightweight yet strong and flexible
Limited supplier network
Fifty-year limited warranties are typical
Only maintenance is checking for damaged shingles
When its time to replace your roof, there are a lot of material options to consider. With our roofing experts advice, you will be able to make a decision based on the pros and cons of each roofing material type as well as availability and cost.
Author:Michelle Hanson Phone: 612-819-5624 Dated: September 28th 2015 Views: 212 About Michelle: ...
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