Many times, your choice of materials depends on your locality and your own personal taste and style. Local styles and codes can also dictate which type of roof shingles that you choose.
Above all, choosing roofing shingles is the time you need to look for the characteristics of cost, fire-retardant ability and durability. Make sure you check out all the options and choosing the right material for your home.
Asphalt composition shingles are the perennial favorite. This status is due to many factors, including attractive cost, durability, and fire retarding properties.
Asphalt shingles usually have a 30 year warranty, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications, and have the ability to last even more than 30 years. Roof shingle manufacturers no longer produce only the usual flat 3 tab asphalt shingle.
Now, asphalt composition shingles have become thicker and more structured. They have also been designed to resemble other materials, such as wood or slate.
This thicker-and typically more expensive – ceiling-tiles which is called architectural shingle. The roof of the company definitely will like for you to choose the composition of the asphalt, because they are easier to install and faster to put on than other types of materials.
Wood shake material is the dream of many homeowners because it looks so attractive in your home. When wood shake shingles weather, they do so in a mottled, variegated way that is pleasing to the eyes.
In addition, wood shake, despite the fact that it is an organic material, can last 30 to 50 years, if maintained in the right way. Wood shake is mainly cut from cedar, though you can also find pine wood shake.
The metal roof is still a rarity in most developed countries, but increasing in strength as a construction material. Most roofers will not install metal, so you need to find a contractor who specializes in metal.
Fancy copper roofing material, of the type seen in historic homes can be very expensive for most owners. Galvanized sheet metal is durable, but still more cost effective choice.
After you go through the pain of installing metal roofing, you get to enjoy it over the next 50 to 75 years. The longevity is the biggest advantage of a metal roof.
If you live in fire-prone areas, like southern California, a metal roof will extinguish any embers. Insects such as termites can never eat metal roofing, and is resistant to rot and mold.
Because the metal conducts the heat from the sun, snow slides off more quickly than with a roof. Surprisingly, a properly installed metal roof is no more than any other type of roof.
Metal roofing is typically installed over a solid substrate and the attic and insulation provide a sound barrier. If you want to install a metal roof over your existing roof, the metal roof will most likely be lifted to the roof by means of strips furring.
These strips furring to create an air pocket that will dampen the sound. True slate roofing is nearly impossible for the do-it-yourselfer to install because it is heavy, the ear to replace, and extremely slippery.
Most homeowners who want the look of slate bypass real slate and, instead of buying the rubber or composition slate materials. With composition slate, you can make your house beautiful and not feel guilty about it, because it is made of post-industrial synthetics.
Composition slate roofing material is still a rarity, but it is gaining acceptance with many home builders, homeowners, and roofers. Also, faux slate takes care of one of the big problems with real slate, which is your excess weight.
Fake slate is one-third the weight of real slate. Long the most predominant image in Southern California and Florida, the so-called Spanish style red tile roof has been waning in popularity.
Other roofing materials are now available which meet ceramic tiles’ fire retardant ability, and with much less weight placed on the roof. This type of tile is called a half-barrel because it is basically a cylinder cut in half, lengthwise, and about sixteen inches in length. the
Tom Selwick has worked as a general contractor remodeling homes for 27 years, and has written hundreds of articles about roofing, awnings, walls, and Ceilings in Salt Lake City.