Choosing a New Roof
If you are building a new home or replacing your old roof, you need to make an important choice about what materials are best for your needs. Price, design and functionality will all factor into your decision.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material on the market. Nearly 80% of commercial homes use asphalt shingles because they are inexpensive, durable, and flame resistant. The shingles are made with either fiberglass or paper fiber and impregnated with asphalt.
Metal is more expensive than asphalt but it comes with a greater life expectancy. This lightweight option is fire and wind resistant and can be made from recycled materials. Metal roofing is available in shingles or sheets.
Clay is a more expensive option and the shingles can be brittle and heavy. However, the material can last for years with maintenance and adds a lovely design detail to your curb appeal.
Plastic polymer shingles give you a wide range of styles and design options. They are reasonably durable and withstand fire and wind. Additionally, eco friendly selections made from recycled materials are often available.
Concrete tiles are less expensive than the clay alternative. Though they are heavy, they are known for being durable and extremely fire resistant. Concrete roofing can be made to mimic other more expensive materials.
Slate is one of the most traditional roofing materials on the market. It is expensive and brittle, but it is highly durable and very resistant to wind and fire. Plus, it is made from naturally occurring raw materials.
Homeowners love the look and feel of wood designs, but wood roofing is prone to rot and has low fire resistance unless it is specially treated. Although, the material stands up will to windy environments.
Use this overview of roofing materials to figure out what is best for your residential property. Try to balance functionality with beauty to ensure you get a roof that will weather the years.
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