It is important to know the different types of roofing materials so that you can properly care for your roof, or know what material to use if you decide to replace your roof.
This type of roofing material is very popular and for good reason. The shingles are an affordable option what will provide your roof and home with protection for roughly seventeen to twenty years.
There are three types of the asphalt shingles; basic 3-tab shingles, premium shingles, and architectural style shingles. Each slightly costlier than the next. Some shingles come in different materials such as, concrete, metal, or slate and are made to last up to fifty years.
Finally, the relative ease of installation means that a roofing contractor will be able to install these without issue, or even a homeowner with enough skills may be able to install the shingles themselves.
Slate and Ceramic Shingles
It is no surprise why slate and ceramic style shingles have been around all throughout history. They are durable, sophisticated, and last upwards of one hundred years or even more, but those benefits come with a steep price tag.
Slate roofs are known for their classic appearance, with options of many different colors and styles. Since slate tiles are made of real stone, their weight and whether the home can handle it, is something that must be considered when installing.
In addition, although it is very durable, slate tiles can easily be cracked if stepped on incorrectly.
Just like slate, ceramic shingle roofs normally last for at least a century. Ceramic shingles are usually made of clay but can also be mimicked by cement. The most popular color is that of an earth brown, but there are many other styles and colors.
The shape and weight of the tiles, make them more susceptible to high wind damage and cracking underfoot, but otherwise, both slate and ceramic shingle roofs will be built for life.
Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular as they continue to be manufactured more lightweight and durable than ever. There are many different colors and metal types to choose from in order to suit your desired look and budget.
Metal roofs can be harder to install, but once installed can last up to fifty years. Metal roofs can sometimes be noisy during rain or hail storms but still stand up to these harsh weather conditions well. Metal roofs can even be repainted if they lose their original color.
They are slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles, but provide many benefits during the roof’s lifetime.
Flat roofs are more common in hotter climates because the roof surface does not bode well with cold and icy conditions. They are sometimes less costly to install because there is less surface area, but the life expectancy of this type of roof is only roughly fifteen years, with regular roof checks along the way.
Generally, these roofs are constructed with tar and gravel, however, modern flat roofs are constructed with a membrane for added protection against the elements.
Wood and Cedar Shingles
Wood and cedar shingles are only slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles, but significantly more environmentally friendly. They are also durable enough to last roughly thirty years and provide energy efficient benefits.
However, they will be more prone to catching fire than other roofing materials and can not be repaired as easily if they suffer from warping or cracking. Wood shingles are overall a good investment that is also energy and environmentally friendly.
Some roofing materials are tried and true, while others continue to be innovated through the years. Hopefully now you have the knowledge to choose a roofing material that will suit your style, budget, and lifestyle for many years to come.