The roof of your home has a tough job. It takes the brunt of any weather you have to protect you from the whims of Mother Nature. Whether you are building new or replacing your roof, learn a little about your options to choose the best type of roofing for your home.
Asphalt Composition Shingles
Because of their low cost, composition shingles are one of the most common types of roofing materials. They are reasonably durable, come in a variety of colors, and are simple to install. Most asphalt roofs can last 20-30 years, but they tend to deteriorate faster when exposed to intense sunlight.
Clay tiles are especially suited to Mediterranean or Spanish Colonial homes. The natural colors and undulating rhythms give a home appealing character. They can last for 50 to 70 years and are naturally fire resistant, a plus in Southern California. Their additional weight may require extra framing to support, and they are rather brittle, so walking on them is not recommended.
Less expensive than clay but enjoying many of the same characteristics are concrete tiles. They are about the same weight as clay, so might also require additional support on your roof. Aside from the cost, another advantage to concrete is that it can be available in many colors and can be molded to resemble other roofing materials, like wood shake, that may not otherwise be suitable for your climate.
Once relegated to industrial use, advances in metal roofing are making it an attractive option for your home. Although one of the most expensive roofing choices, metal roofing is also a sustainable roofing option, both for its durability and ease of recycling. It is resistant to wind, fire, and pests. Metal roofing is available in long sheets or as individual shingles and comes in a huge variety of colors.
Choosing a roof for your home is a big decision that can impact the resale value, curb appeal, and functionality of your home. Take time to consider your options and decide what works best for your climate, home, and lifestyle.
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