How to Choose: Metal, Tile and Shingles
When choosing a new roof for your home, you must take into consideration many factors, including the climate and weather conditions in your area, the desired lifespan of the roof, the cost of roofing materials and your own aesthetic preferences. Following is some information that will assist you in making the right choices.
Your home’s roof is not only a decorative element or a nuisance that is to be solved cheaply and quickly. Choosing roofing material that will serve you best will not only complement your house but can take it to new heights. The right roofing materials can help keep your house cool in the summer, warm in the winter and safe from fire and harsh weather elements. Different looks, colors and styles can be attained by the use of various roofing materials and more. Below are some of your choices.
Metal roofing is possibly the most durable material for your roof; it does not deteriorate with exposure to the elements, such as the sun’s rays and heavy rain, and is especially strong because the panels are entirely Copper, Galvanized, Galvalume, or Aluminum coated with a metallic coating of either Zinc or Aluminum. It also has the highest wind rating compared to all other roofing materials. Additionally, a metal roof will reflect heat effectively such that it insulates during the winter, and cools during the summer. When it comes to severe weather storms, metal roofing will NOT increase the chance of your home being struck by lightning. In fact, if struck, it will be able to spread the electrical currents safely over the roof without it penetrating into the house. The metal roof is also non combustible and non flammable, so you have a much lower risk of receiving damage to your house in such conditions and is available in a variety of styles and colors.
Perhaps the most popular of all roofing materials – asphalt shingles – are made of asphalt-saturated felt that is coated with a layer of asphalt weatherproofing on the top and bottom. The top surface is covered with mineral granules that act as a shield against the elements. Asphalt shingles are appropriate for almost any style home, and are also available in styles with a more rustic look that simulate wood shakes. Asphalt shingles are inexpensive and easy to install and repair, but have a fairly short life span and are not environmentally friendly.
Whether they are made of traditional clay or concrete, tile roofing is much more durable than shingle roofing. It all depends on the quality and type of underlayment you choose as well as the quality of the installation. Both concrete and clay tiles are extremely durable, fireproof and come in many colors and styles. Tile roofing is available in many colors and styles. Tiles are easy to maintain but installation is difficult and must be done by a professional. Because it is very heavy, tile roofing is most commonly used for new buildings that have been built in accordance with specific weight and structural requirements.
A roof not only keeps out the elements and makes life more comfortable, it also adds curb appeal to any home. So, no matter what your budget is, what style home your home is or what kind of climate you live in, there is a roofing system that meets your needs.