4 Popular Roofing Material Options

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There are a variety of roofing materials available now, and homeowners are often unsure of which types are both durable and a good value. Another thing that should be considered when choosing new roofing material is the architectural style of your home – some home styles are known for having a certain type of roof. If you are planning to get a new roof in the near future, some of your roofing material options include:

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a very popular roofing option, due to their low cost and ease of installation. The downsides to asphalt shingles are that they do not insulate as well as other roofing materials, and they have one of the shortest lifespans of any type of roofing material. The styles of asphalt shingles available complement most architectural styles.

Concrete and Clay Roof Tiles

Concrete and clay roof tiles are often preferred because they are extremely durable and help with a home's energy efficiency. These types of tiles come in a variety of styles, making it possible to get the look of other types of roofing materials at a more affordable price. Tiles that are light in color are great at reflecting the sun's rays, which helps keep a home cooler during the hot summer months. One downside to concrete and clay tiles is the fact that they are very heavy, so extra roof framing may be required during installation. When you install concrete or clay roof tiles, you can count on them staying in great shape for several decades. This type of roofing material is often found on contemporary, ranch, Mediterranean, and mission-style homes.

Wood Shingles/Shakes

Wood shingles are available in a variety of woods, so you can choose one that suits your personal style. Wood shingles are fabricated by machines for a uniform look, while wood shakes are created by hand, and often look more rustic. Quality wood shingles/shakes have a decent lifespan, and are often seen on cottages, bungalows, ranch, and historic style-homes. One thing to consider when purchasing wood shingles or shakes is the fire rating. While it is more expensive, class A wood that is treated with fire resistant chemicals offers your home the most protection from fire.

Slate

While slate roofs are heavy and quite expensive, they have a beautiful appearance and are often found on French, colonial, and chateau homes. A slate roof is incredibly durable, and it is not uncommon for them to last for hundreds of years. Homeowners who choose to install a slate roof often appreciate the fact that it is very easy to make repairs when needed. If you have the funds for a slate roof, it is an investment that will hold its value. 

To see what fits best for you, contact an expert, like those at Onit Roofing & Exteriors Inc.

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10 December 2014

The Benefits of a Flat Roof

My name is Janet, and I am a professional architect and interior designer. While I love to design and decorate homes, I have recently developed another passion. I have fallen in love with the flat roof. Most people only see flat roofs in tall buildings in urban areas, but suburban homes can have them too. You can have a roof with a living space, a garden or even a pool. You simply need to design it so that water is adequately drained, and you can enjoy your roof almost as if it were an extra room. Explore the possibilities of flat roofs with me.