From natural materials like slate and wood to manmade products such as asphalt, sheet metal, and plastic polymers; there are more types and styles of roofing to choose from today than ever before. While each has its advantages and shortcomings, they all can add a distinctive design element to your home. So which one is right for you?
Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing for homes, comprising over 80% of the residential roofing market. They are economical and easy to install. These shingles can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials (cellulose) without changing the appearance of the shingle.
Wood shingles offer a rustic look and are a natural product usually made from cedar, redwood and southern pine. Wood shingles and shakes made from rot resistant woods have low fire resistance unless treated, but fire codes in some areas prohibit use. Wood shingles can be a concern in wet climates, and can mold, split or rot.
While more expensive than asphalt, metal roofing lasts longer and is more wind resistant. It may be composed of steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy. Steel roofs come with either a zinc coating or painted finish. Metal roofing is relatively expensive, but it is durable, lasts longer than asphalt or wood and offers high solar reflectance.
While brittle and heavy, clay tiles can last a long time and are very fire resistant. Clay Tile is made from natural materials but requires significant energy to manufacture and are expensive in comparison to most other roofing choices.
Less expensive than clay tiles, concrete roof tiles are also heavy but can last a long time and are very fire resistant. They can be used on moderate to steeper sloped roofs. They work well with Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern and Spanish-style homes.
Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials. Though brittle and expensive, it is very durable. Offering lots of beauty and a distinctive elegant appearance, slate colors include shades of black, green, grey, red and purple. Slate is heavy, and requires extra framing and professional installation. The quality can vary with imported slate.
There is a variety of synthetic roofing products, including rubber, plastic and polymer roofing, developed to give you the color, look and texture of natural materials like slate and wood. These products are designed to be strong and easy to maintain. Some of these products can absorb water and the quality varies. But newer products aren’t as time-tested as traditional materials.
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