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Top 5 Roofing Materials

Top 5 Roofing Materials

roof materialsIs it time to reroof your home? Updating your roof will help you retain the value of your home and keep the inside safe and protected. But, how do you know which type of material you need for your home? Ask yourself what type of material works best for the weather conditions of your home, what type of maintenance the material requires, and what your budget is. Here are the most common types of roofing materials used on homes.

Asphalt Shingles:
This is the most common material used for homes in the United States because they are easy to install, cost effective, and look great. There is the traditional asphalt based materials and now the SBS modified (rubberized) shingle which will last 50% longer or more. They come in a variety of colors and are reinforced with fiberglass materials. Asphalt shingles work well for traditional suburban styles will usually last for 25 to 30 years. Asphalt shingles now are recyclable.

Clay and Concrete Tile:
These materials add a unique look to a roof with texture and durability. Flat, ribbed, or scalloped clay tiles are durable, incredibly heavy and need to be installed by a professional. Concrete tiles are not as expensive as genuine clay, but equally as heavy and versatile. They are both energy efficient and because they are both heavy, the roof may require additional framing to withstand the weight. You will often see these types of materials on homes that have Southwestern, Spanish-style, or Mission architecture. Clay and concrete tiles will usually last between 40 and 50 years as long as proper installation practices of the underlayment have been observed.

Metal:
Metal roofs are resistant and can hold up to a variety of weather conditions. They come in shingles or panels and are available in copper, stainless steel, zinc, and aluminum. It is durable and will last longer than wood or asphalt shingles, often times lasting 40 to 75 years. It is relatively costly, but can look wonderful on cabins and bungalows, as well as cottages and contemporary homes.

Slate:
This material looks very unique and is lovely, coming in colors like gray, red, black, green, and purple. It’s durable, fire resistant, and can be recycled. It is expensive and very heavy, which requires extra framing. It can last 50 years at least and has been known to last as long as long as 100 years with the proper underlayment. Colonial or European-style homes commonly have slate roofs.

Wood Shingles and Shake:
Wood shingles and shakes are very common for homeowners, especially for those that prefer rustic, natural looks. Wood shingles are often made with cedar, redwood, and southern pine and will last for 20 to 30 years. Wood shingles can be an issue for homes in extremely wet climates, as they can mold, split, or rot over time and consistent exposure to moisture.

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