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Different Types of Roofing Material

Different Types of Roofing Material

If you are faced with having to replace your roof you’re probably shocked at the sheer amount of roofing materials that you have to choose from. All of them have their own benefits and drawback but before you replace your roof with the same material you should know what your options are.  Let’s have a look at the different type of roofing materials so you can decide what works for you.

Bear in mind there are a couple of factors that should go into your decision.  Look at the durability of the material and whether repairs are easy or not, the impact on the environment, how energy efficient it is and of course the cost.  With that being said, let’s move on to the materials.

Asphalt Shingles

By far the most common type of roofing material out there, asphalt shingles are among the cheapest of materials, recyclable and come in several different colors.  Your roofing contractor can show you all of the different styles available and help you to choose the right one that works with your home and your budget.  These types of shingles are typically made from fiberglass and asphalt  and then mineral granules are added to give them the right color and texture.  Shingles are easiest to install but they are also some of the least durable material.  You will have to replace them after a while and the shingles can blow off in extreme weather.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing is the new kid on the block but it becomes more and more popular every year with steel being installed most often.  These roofs can be installed on older homes and made to look like tiles, shingles or even wood shakes.  Metal has grown in popularity because it is durable, light weight, it blocks heat transfer and is fire retardant.  It can be installed right on top of your old roof, it lasts up to 50 years and you need little or no maintenance.  The one drawback to metal is the upfront costs, it is going to be significantly more expensive that shingles.

Slate Tiles

Slate is a natural material that has been around forever and looks fabulous.  It is versatile, extremely strong, fire resistant and resistant to rot.  It helps to keep your home energy efficient and always increases your home’s value.  However there are definitely some drawbacks to using slate tiles on your roof.  First of all it is heavy so the walls and foundation of your home need to be strong enough to bear the weight.  It does not work well in cold weather and can easily break if it ices over.  It needs to be regularly maintained and it is expensive.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are another option you have if you want a natural roofing material and they are easier to maintain than slate.  You have a ton of options as far as color and style.  Each shingle is unique and gives your home a beautiful custom look.  It is energy efficient and will keep your attic both insulate and ventilated.  You are likely to find wood shakes on older homes, especially in New England. Wood shakes also have some pretty big drawbacks, to start with it rots and that causes mold and insects.  The roof needs to be inspected and repaired annually.  You also need a contractor who is familiar with the installation and maintenance of wood shingles since they are trickier to install than asphalt or your roof will look terrible.

There you have it all of the different types of roofing materials that you can use on your home, talk with your contractor to see which one works best for your property.


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