Quality Roofing Materials

There are many types of roofing available to homeowners, ranging from simple wood shakes to complex solar tiles.

Naturally, the best roofing material for your home will depend on your needs, location and budget. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to roofing material, so it’s important to choose wisely. Choosing the right material will not only boost your home’s curb appeal, it will also help you save money in the long run.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common types of roofing materials available and discuss their pros and cons.

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Asphalt Composition Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most widely used roofing material today. Asphalt shingles are available in many styles, all of which are easy to install, easily accessible, and inexpensive to produce. Their cost and lifespan make them an attractive alternative to numerous competing roofing types.

While asphalt shingle roofing offers many advantages, there are also a few drawbacks to be aware of. For one, they aren’t as long-lasting as other options. While good quality asphalt shingles can be expected to last 20 years, metal roofs are generally guaranteed for 50 years or more. Tile roofs, on the other hand, will typically last about twice as long as asphalt shingles.

Ceramic Roofing Tiles

In addition to offering a lot of character, ceramic roof tiles are typically durable and come in a variety of shapes and colors to match your home. They are also easy to maintain, fireproof, and resistant to fading. Generally, high-quality ceramic tiles will last between 50 and 70 years. They are stacked in parallel rows, offering a touch of elegance as they overlap to keep rainwater out.

Among their disadvantages is the fact they are not suited to areas with fluctuating weather. Indeed, extreme weather conditions can cause ceramic tiles to erode. Another drawback is that ceramic tiles are a little more fragile than other options and can be damaged by strong winds.

Slate Roof Shingles

Slate roofs are premium roof systems mainly made from slate tiles. Slate is one of the most beautiful and long-lasting roofing materials on the market. Indeed, slate’s sleek aesthetic is the reason some asphalt shingles have been designed to look like it. Best of all, slate is incredibly durable and can last for over a hundred years with little or no maintenance.

Fire resistance, invulnerability to rot, ease of maintenance, and longevity are among the advantages of slate. However, the material does have a few drawbacks, such as the fact that it’s more difficult to install than other options. Another disadvantage is that slate can make roof and gutter maintenance a tad more difficult given that it can crack when walked over.

Wood Shakes

Among all the choices in residential roofing materials, wood shakes are arguably the most aesthetically pleasing. Wood shakes are shingles made from wood (cedar, redwood, or other types of wood), rather than asphalt or slate.

Wood shakes are durable, long-lasting, and can last for up to 30 years. They are also easy to install, relatively easy to maintain, and are naturally insulating. However, they do require more maintenance than other options, and they are more susceptible to damage from strong winds. Additionally, your wood shakes will need regular maintenance to keep the fire resistance up to code. Usually, this means applying a chemical to your wood shakes every two years. Another drawback is that, because wood shakes absorb water when wet, they are prone to warping.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a popular choice for homeowners who want to get the most out of their roof. Metal roofing offers a number of benefits, including fire resistance, durability, and energy efficiency. It is available in a variety of styles, including shake, standing seam, and standing seam metal roofing.

Metal roofing is also easy to install. In fact, most metal roofing systems can be installed in a single day. The only downside to metal roofing is that it’s a little more expensive than other roofing options, but this difference will be offset by the material’s long-term durability.

Concrete Roof Tiles

Concrete roof tiles are so durable that they can be expected to last a lifetime. They are colored by either mixing color into the cement mix before it is molded or by coating the tile in a cement-based pigment. They provide both strength and premium aesthetics at an affordable price, which makes them a popular option. Indeed, concrete roof tiles can be made to look like clay, slate, or stone, while being more affordable than these options.

One disadvantage of concrete roof tiles is they’re heavy. If you decide on Concrete roof tiles, you need to make sure your roof can handle the extra weight. You might even have to reinforce your roof if you’re swapping from, say, asphalt shingles to concrete tiles. Concrete roof tiles also require more technical expertise to install. To fit your roof, a professional will have to cut the tiles to precise shapes and lay them out in a specific pattern.

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