Choosing the right type of roof for your home can be a very difficult decision since there are so many choices trying to decide which one is right for you. The Asphalt shingle is one of the most common choices and generally the least expensive roofing material. Residential roofs can also be made of ceramic tile, slate, wood, and metal.
While deciding which type of roof to select, review this information about the five most common types of roofing:
HGTV states that “the most common residential roofing material used in the United States, asphalt shingles are popular because they are economical and easy to install”.
Roofers and homeowners agree that these shingles are the most popular, as they are durable and relatively inexpensive. Some other benefits include ease of installation, a wide variety of colors and styles, and suitability for a wide range of temperatures. Asphalt shingles also provide reliable waterproofing.
In Georgia, Asphalt shingle roofs last 15 to 20 years with the intense sunlight and temperature extremes. Algae can cause black marks on a roof or you can look for an algae-resistant shingle which contains copper granules that can help prevent new growth. Dark asphalt shingles are prone to fading and tend to exhibit inconsistencies in color.
In the US, tile roofs are most commonly seen on homes that borrow elements from Spanish architecture. The tiles hang in parallel rows, overlapping to keep out rainwater. Disadvantages to ceramic roofing tiles include their unsuitability for climates with fluctuating weather. Ceramic tiles are prone to erosion under these conditions. While the tiles are durable, they are also fragile. High winds can damage them, as will walking on the tiles.
If you are looking for a lot of character in your home, ceramic roof tiles might be the way to go and they are generally durable. Tiles are resistant to fading and are fireproof. Quality tiles should last 50 to 70 years.
Angieslist says that “cedar shake roofs have many benefits. They’re reliable in any climate, but they’re ideal for hot and sunny areas because they resist UV damage. They can withstand harsh weather conditions, so they’re great for people who live in areas that experience strong thunderstorms or hurricanes. Several manufacturers of cedar shingles apply a fire-resistant coating for extra safety”.
Wood shake shingles are a green-friendly roofing choice which is especially true if they are constructed from recycled wood or harvested in an environmentally sound way. Wood shakes have been listed as a preferred environmental choice because these materials produce minimal impact on the quality of water runoff and are stable with a useful life of around 30 years or more, making them a solid investment in environmental responsibility for many homeowners.
A cedar roof is a great choice if you are looking to cut down your energy expenses. Cedar is a natural insulator and can reduce your heating and cooling costs. Cedar roofs are difficult to install, so make sure to hire a roofing company with related experience. A cedar roof is more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof, but its durability and energy efficiency make it worth the cost.
Want a more a sophisticated roofing material for an upscale home, then slate may be the answer. The advantages are the natural appearance, fire resistance, invulnerability to rot, ease of maintenance and an expected life of 100 years. Slate is available in a variety of colors and styles.
Slate tiles come with a disadvantage due to their weight and cost, and the high degree of expertise needed for installation. Slate tiles are easily broken underfoot, complicating gutter cleaning and rooftop maintenance.
Metal shingles are low maintenance, lightweight and more environmentally friendly. However, installation can be tricky and requires a contractor with experience installing a metal roof.
As long as the roof’s structural integrity is in good shape, repainting is an option as it starts to lose its shine. It usually costs less to repaint a metal roof than to replace it.
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