Are you pondering a new roof? Wondering what type of material might be best for your home?
There are many types of roofing materials with advantages and disadvantages. It is very important to understand what material is right for your roof. You can re-roof with the same type of roofing material that you currently have or investigate alternatives. Before making your choice, consider the life-cycle cost of your roofing material. Some materials, though much more expensive, require less maintenance and have a longer life expectancy than others. An asphalt composition roof might last just 20 years whereas a metal roof might last more than 50. Consider both the current and potential value of your home, and its age when calculating whether a roofing material is actually “too expensive.” It might just be more cost-effective in the long run. The following information describes some of the roofing choices available.
Types of Roofing
Roofs come in many different styles, partly for aesthetic reasons and partly for functional ones. Roofs protect homes from weather of all kinds, and are made in a variety of different materials. Each form of roofing has its own advantages and disadvantages, and must be considered carefully to see if it is the best choice for the particular home as well as the area and climate in which the home is located. Some materials are better suited for insect protection while others provide a high level of fire protection. Before choosing a roof, try to understand how long the material will last and its potential benefits.
Asphalt Shingles are the most common form of roofing in North America. Asphalt shingles are inexpensive, very versatile, works well on a wide variety of houses, and are available in many colors, types and durability levels. There are two types of asphalt shingles: organic and fiberglass. In addition, there is a wide range of asphalt shingles available for roofing, ranging from the architectural roof shingles to the low cost shingles. Architectural shingles are asphalt shingles that are designed to look like shakes or tiles, and they are more durable than conventional asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are fire resistant and considerably easy to repair.
Wood or Cedar Shingles are another popular form of roofing around the world. Wood shingles are attractive and durable, easy to install and repair. It’s also a good natural insulator. Wood shingles are usually made of cedar and less fire resistant than other materials. Wood shakes are thicker than shingles and more expensive, but they last about 50 years – twice as long as wood shingles.
Metal Roofs are popular because of their fire resistant properties and durability. Metal roof typically last longer than other materials; up to 50 years. Today, most metal roofing is comprised of galvanized steel, corrugated aluminum or copper. Metal roofs are light weight and extremely environment friendly. Practically, metal roofs guard against strong winds and moisture. Standing-seam steel is most popular, can be painted any color, and can be very attractive and relatively inexpensive.
Slate Roofing provides excellent durability, lasting 100 or more years in some areas of the country. The roofing is very heavy, so the structure of your house will need to be able to support it. Common in Canada and USA, slate shingles are made from blocks of slate — a mineral mined in the eastern United States. The blocks of slate are split into shingles, which should be installed by professionals. If slate is installed correctly and maintained well, the shingles are almost indestructible.
Clay tiles are similar to slate shingles. Like slate, clay roofing is heavy, expensive, fireproof, and weather-resistance. Because the material is heavy, your structure will need to be evaluated to determine if it is a good idea. Clay tiles can be held on with clips or fasteners or by a tie-wire system, suspended from the ridge of the house.
The Importance of Installation
Although the materials used on roofs is very important, proper installation is essential. When it comes to roofing, unless you have experience and all the proper tools, this is a job best left to the professionals such as DVR Roofing.
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