How To Choose The Right Roofing Material For Your Home
Whether you’re installing a new roof or replacing a worn one, choosing the best material is a matter of several factors. If you think of your home’s roof as a barrier between you and the outside world, it becomes pretty clear why a good roof is important. There are several different roofing options you can choose from, ranging from rubber to metal and even solar roofing options, but selecting the right one depends on the design of the roof, geographical area, and a few other concerns.
Keeping in mind that not all roofing options are suitable for all budgets, consider first the most common roofing materials. Shingle roofing is by and large the most commonly used roofing material. Shingles are simple roof sheathing designed to overlap one another and can be made of wood, plastic, fiberglass, asphalt, as well as a variety of other materials. The overlapping design creates a waterproofing effect on most roof styles and shingles are available to replicate several different roofing styles. Best of all, shingles are economical and easy to install.
Great as shingle roofing may be, there are a few disadvantages that may negate their use for your home. They are not maintenance free and they can deteriorate faster than normal if they aren’t kept clean from debris, algae, and other natural growths that can occur in the seams. Shingles are also relatively lightweight and may not stand up to harsh winds in certain climates. Some materials are more durable than others, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, but the average home fairs just fine with most any shingle roof.
Another roofing option that is widely used, if less common than shingles, is clay roofing tile. Clay tiles have an undated history but have been in use for centuries. Modern manufacturing techniques have led to the creation of a variety of textures, colors, and installation systems. Clay is prized for its durability, architectural interest, and longevity. While more expensive than shingle roofing, clay tile roofs remain an economical investment because of durability and longevity. They are suitable for a variety of climates, even harsh ones, and stand up well to the elements.
The only disadvantage of clay tiles is that they may not look right with every style home. Clay tiles have a definite architectural style that simply clashes with certain styles of construction. Fortunately, there are a variety of roofing tile materials and styles that go beyond clay, to include Mediterranean roofing tiles, Spanish roofing tiles, and even PVC tiles. Odds are, if you’re interested in roofing tiles, there are a material and style suitable for your home.
While there are several different types and styles of roofing material available, special consideration should be given to the style of the roof itself. For instance, a flat-top roof requires special attention and maintenance and not all roofing materials or styles are suitable. Rubber roofing may be an ideal choice for a flat roof, as rubber material is seamless and thus, less prone to leaks. Special roofing styles, such as a flat roof, should be evaluated by a roofing specialist to determine the best roofing material and the best installation method to avoid costly leaks and repairs.
When choosing a roofing material, you obviously want to select a material and style that is suited to your home, your climate, and your budget. You might also want to consider which types of material are eco-friendly. If environmental impact is a concern of yours, you should also consider whether the addition of solar panels or skylights is important. If so, make sure to address any concerns regarding installation when you are choosing the material for your roof.
Whatever material you choose and however you choose to install it, be sure to select a roof that will provide you with the most energy-efficient, durable, and reliable outcome. Don’t waste money on a product that is poorly manufactured, difficult or costly to repair, or not suitable for your home or area. Talking to a qualified contractor who specializes in roofing may be the best source of information for product pricing, availability, and installation.