There some points to consider whether you are installing a roof on a new build or replacing an old roof with a new one. Roofing materials vary in weight, with asphalt being relatively light, while concrete and clay tiles are quite heavy. In fact, in reroofing the structure may not have been engineered to support the weight of clay and concrete tiles. Color availability will dictate suitability with your home and should compliment your house colors. Some products have certain maintenance and installation issues that need consideration. Some materials work better in particular environments than others. If there is lots of hail in your area, the new rubber composite shingles may provide an answer, while southwest desert area residents may prefer tiles. Choose a roofing material product that suits your climate. Of course, the bottom line is cost and warranted lifespan. Bath Vision Home Remodeling Solutions outline some of choices regarding roofing materials below.
Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Asphalt shingles are inexpensive, common and easy to install. Many are reinforced with fiberglass or cellulose. They come in a variety of colors and are widely available. Downside is that they have a shorter life than any of the other materials. Asphalt shingles lend themselves to nearly any architectural style and are a common suburban sight.
Clay and Concrete Roof Tiles
These tiles are the defacto standard in the southwestern US and beyond. Intrinsically fire resistant they do well in nearly every environment but large hailstones. Very durable these tiles will last awhile, but the downside is that they’re very heavy and the supporting structure needs to be able to support the load. Cost is on the high side as well, but durability is very high as a compensation. Architecturally they tend to accentuate Mediterranean, Mission, Southwester and Spanish style homes. They have a lifespan of 40-50 years.
Metal is a good material that is resistant to extreme weather and comes in shingles and panels. Steel, aluminum, copper, zinc and stainless steel are the most common materials. Long lasting, sleek, low-weight and recyclable. Best material for rainwater harvesting as well. Added benefits are that it reflects sunlight, for cooler attics and interiors. More durable than wood or asphalt. Bungalows, cabins, cottage-style and contemporary housing styles lend themselves to metal roofing. This stuff will go the distance with a life span of between 40 to 70 years. Fire resistance is good.
Slate offers a distinctive beauty found in natures products. Slate is fire-resistant, durable and sustainable. It is also expensive, heavy and requires pro installation. Structural engineering must accommodate the heavy loads of slate. They are good for 50-100 years and goes with the colonial, European and the French chateau look.
Cedar Shakes & Wood Shingles
Wood, usually split cedar has been around for hundreds of years and the traditional historical go-to for centuries. Looks good, with handmade shakes being a bit rougher in appearance. Class A fire-rated wood products with a fire-resistant coating for fire prone areas are a must. Many states now prohibit wooden shingles and in wet high humidity climates they can mold, split and rot. Rustic they go with bungalow, Cape Cod, cottage, Craftsman or Tudor style homes. The are good for around 25-30 years.
Rubber, Plastic & Other Synthetic Roofs
Synthetics include rubber, plastic and polymer products can be made the mimic the look of natural materials, strong and easy to maintain. Some offer fire-resistance. Not fragile, heavy or expensive as natural products. The only downside is that these materials are so new that durability has not been tested. They have warranties up to 50 years, but time will tell.
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You have choices though your house style and engineering may limit your selection. If you suspect it’s time to replace your old roof, call Bath Vision Home Remodeling Solutions for a consultation and inspection today. Call us today!