Your homes foundation, without a doubt, is the most important aspect in creating a stable, lasting home. The second being your roof as it is needed for stability as well as protection, sheltering you and your belongings from the elements. Careful consideration is needed when choosing a roofing material for your home. Take into consideration the style of the home as well as the local climate when deciding what material you will use to cover your homes roof.
There are five basic styles of roofing, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Asphalt, shingles, wood, slate and tile shingles being the most commonly used materials in roofing.
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used especially in climates with a variety of weather conditions. They are not only durable but also easy to install and less expensive than most roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are good for a variety of roof pitches however should not be used with flat roofs. There are two types of asphalt shingles including fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles are lighter, more resistant to fire and better in warm climates than organic shingles. Organic shingles are good in a variety of weather and remain flexible under freezing conditions making them a better choice for colder climates.
Metal roofing is a popular option as it offers both durability and attractiveness. One drawback is the expense. Metal roofing is about one third more expensive then asphalt. They are by far the lightest material that can be used in roofing including aluminum, steel, and copper. One disadvantage is that metal can be dented in hail storms although new finishes eliminate rust and fading. If you choose copper it is important to know it can last for up to a hundred years however is higher priced than other metal roofing.
The most common wooden shingles is made from cedar although pine and spruce can be used as well. Wood is a less durable option than other roofing materials. The normal life span of a cedar roof is about thirty years. The cost of the materials are often less than others however the labor expense outweighs that of asphalt, metal, slate and tile.
Slate is considered to have the most longevity out of any other roofing material. Slate lasts upwards of a hundred years. It also comes in a variety of colors and designs which make is a popular choice. To get this curb appeal to adjourn your homes prepare to shell out some major money. Slate can cost more than four times the average cost of other roofing materials.
Tile shingles are available in concrete, runner and clay. Depending on the material chosen will depend on the cost you should expect to pay. One major disadvantage of tile roofing is the weight of the tiles. This alone may make this option obsolete for your home. Tile does offer durability and lasts about fifty years.
Whatever type of roof you select it won't last to its potential without being installed by an experienced roofing contractor. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages with each roofing material against one another while considering local experienced roofing contractors that can install a new roof with the material of choice.