Right from the history of humankind, humans have always strived to create means to protect themselves from unfavorable elements. From slabs of rock to wood and thatches of grass, all have offer protection to man, but all have great limitations and coupled with constant fluctuations in climate and weather, there’s an urgent need for man to adjust and develop more adaptable materials. From the slate house (most common in Europe) to wood shingles and fired clay tiles, other basic roofing material, asphalt tar, has been refined into the composition shingle that is the most used roofing material in America.
Every roofing material has its associated strengths and weaknesses. The proper material for your roof can best be judged by weighing the strengths and weaknesses against your needs and budget. With the advancement in roofing materials-roofing installation and repairs, there are several varieties you can opt for. Let’s take a look at the different types of roof materials, their merits and demerits.
The tiles are, perhaps, the most common, prestigious roofing material used in most parts of the US. It can be divided into two basic subgroups; concrete tile and clay tile. The concrete is the most commonly used tile material because it is extremely durable in comparison to composition shingles. Though it is not as durable as the clay tile, however, it costs half as much as a clay tile product. Concrete tiles are available in diverse brands, styles and colors. The tile shingles have the lustiest and appealing look. They offer a peculiar and unique outlook that will stand the test of time. However, they are quite expensive to install and maintain and is only installed in strongly built homes. These Tile shingles require the services of a skilled roofer for installation and repairs.
Metal roofing comes with longer warranties and has strong resistant to fire, insects and rot. They are lightweight and easy to install. The light-weighted ones can be easily installed over existing roofs. They are mostly available in vertical panels or shingles resembling slate and tile. Also, they reduce heat buildup in the attic by reflecting the sun’s radiant heat.
The Metal roofs are ideal for homes with a steep or flat roofline. The low-galvanized metal roofs are extremely cost-efficient, has a great lifespan, as well as attractive appearance. They are also good at sloughing off heavy snow, rain, and resists high winds. However, they give loud sound echo during rainstorms and may dent from hail. They also cost much higher than traditional asphalt shingles. For proper metal roof installation and maintenance, you need the hands of a professional.
Talk about the naturally aged appearance that is adored by most homeowners. The wood shingles offer great aesthetics to buildings. However, their lifespan is determined mostly by the type of wood used. The redwood and cedar roof shingles are the tested and trusted types.
The wood shingles can prove a bit strong-headed in its installation. When there’s damage, it is very prudent to repair the damaged shingles as soon as possible to mitigate the effect.
There’s no single shingle that offers many varieties as the Asphalt shingles. It is one of the most common roof shingles. They are equally effective in all environmental conditions, and it is relatively very affordable with a long lifespan. However, the upgraded shingles cost so much more and prone to the influence of a massive storm.
With a great ability to resists mold and fungus, the waterproof slate shingles are very effective in wet climates, and yet inexpensive. They are carved out by splitting sedimentary rock into thin sheets. Thus, they are a bit heavy. The slate cost more than Asphalt and requires sturdy roofing framing that is sufficient enough to hold the weight of a slate roof and an efficient roofing contractor.
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