Roofing materials

Roofing materials can make a big difference in the way your house looks and how it is protected from the elements. Here are some things to think about.

The type of roofing materials that a person chooses for their home will make quite a difference in the appearance of their home. It will also have an impact on how it holds up over time. There are many choices available and a homeowner should take budget, sturdiness and architectural harmony into consideration when making this decision. Here are some options:

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-Shingles made from asphalt: This is the most common product covering rooftops across the country. It is the choice for budget minded homeowners as it costs the least. These asphalt products are also made to last for decades. Some are guaranteed for twenty years; others for thirty years. Another layer of shingles can be laid over an existing roof twenty or thirty years from now, too. This will save money in labor as there will be no tear-off involved. These products come in an array of colors that can align with any paint and trim hue.

-Wooden shake: Wooden shakes are classy and durable. Well maintained roofs made from this product have lasted up to fifty years. Unfortunately, today’s lumber is not quite as durable as that of the past so may not live up to its ancestry. There is quite a bit of maintenance, too. Mildew must be washed away on a regular basis. Clear oil finish must be applied periodically, as well. Lumber types include Alaskan Yellow Cedar, White Cedar and Red Cedar. This option is one of the more expensive choices both in terms of labor and materials.

-Slate: This product has been used a lot in the Northeast region of our country on both luxurious homes and office buildings. It is wonderful for snowy climates because the ice and flakes just slide right off. It’s also very attractive and looks high dollar. It’s fairly heavy so the design of the building planned to hold up substantial amounts of weight. There’s also a product made from recycled rubber which is faux slate. It looks the same but costs less.

-Metal: Metal roofing also may last up to fifty years and will also allow ice and snow to slide off. Steel, copper, aluminum in corrugated sheets or metallic shingles can provide an array of looks. There are even some options that are curved to look like ceramic tile. Depending on the type chosen, metallic roofs can range from cheap to expensive. They are durable and easy to install.

-Tile: Tile shingles are quite popular in Mexico, the Southwest regions of the U.S., Italy and the Mediterranean regions. These ceramic clay products are very durable in extremely hot temperatures and handle being baked by the sun quite well. They last a long time and are attractive, to boot. They are heavy, however, so the under-structure of the roof must be sturdy enough to handle the weight. Even the lighter versions weigh 6 pounds per square foot. The heaviest in this category can be three times that heavy.

Roofing materials should be selected based on a homeowner’s budget, sturdiness desired, architectural design and climate where the home is built.