Which Roofing Material is better?
Are you considering building a new home and you’re not sure which roofing material would be best? Or perhaps you are at a place where you have to reroof your present home and you’re not sure which roofing material would be best to go back with. Whichever the case may be, there is a lot to consider in choosing that new roof.
The cost and quality of course is the first matter in question. Cost and quality varies greatly depending on the roofing material you are interested in. Asphalt shingles are thought to be the most affordable and practical, while metal, slate, and wood shakes are more expensive and thought to be more attractive in appearance. The homeowner will have to weigh all of these factors into account.
Here’s a short list of the more popular roofing materials. “Asphalt shingles” are by far the most popular roofing material in America due to its affordability, durability, colors and types. We will cover in depth each roofing material at a later time. “Metal roofing” is generally lightweight and is especially great for geographical areas where there are accumulations of snow. But is found everywhere throughout the U.S. because of its attractive appearance. It comes in a variety of colors, is durable, and many metal roofing materials have a Class A fire rating.
“Slate” roofing material is very attractive but is also very expensive. Natural slate is heavy and often requires that the roofing structure have additional support. Natural slate is unsurpassed in its desirous grand beauty. “Synthetic slate” on the other hand is lightweight and much less costly. Synthetic slate is also very attractive and durable. It is also very strong and installation is much easier.
If you have a flat roof, there are “Flat Roof” options in roofing materials. They vary in cost, quality and durability. Appearance is usually not the most important factor with flat roofs because more often than not it cannot be seen looking up from the ground. “Wood Shingles and Shakes” roofing material have a very attractive and natural beauty in appearance. The most common is the cedar shake. They also come in cypress, redwood and treated pine. Wood roofing is prohibited in certain parts of the country due to the threat of wildfires.
Many homeowners choose “Tile” roofing materials because of their rich and appealing looks and their long lasting durability. You may choose clay tiles, concrete tiles or fiber cement tiles. They come in a range of colors and are fire resistant. The downside is that walking on them may cause breakage. New technology has opened the door to “Solar tiles.” But as of yet, solar tiles don’t have a long enough proven track record to accurately gauge their dependability.
“Happy Researching” in your venture to find the right roof for you and your family. Take the time to uncover the often elusive pros and cons that each roofing material possesses. Weigh them in the balances and you will find the perfect roof for you.