4 Great Roofing Options

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Want to give the exterior of your house and amazing facelift? If you're ready to invest in a major home upgrade, updating your roof is a great decision. A new roof will have a number of great benefits on your property. Besides making your home more energy efficient, a new roof will completely change the style and redefine your home. Of course, you need to consider the best products for your budget, style, and climate. This article takes a quick look at four of the most popular residential roofing materials.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles will always be a popular roofing material. Since wood is a natural product, it isn't the lowest maintenance option. It also doesn't have the greatest energy efficiency ratings. That being said, wood is a dependable product that is well-suited to mild climates. Ultimately, most homeowners will choose wood shingles because they are so stylish. A wood shingle roof will probably last about 25 years.

Asphalt Tiles

Asphalt tiles are on the opposite end of the scale as wood shingles. They are definitely the cheapest option on this list. Most homeowners will also tell you that they are the ugliest option on this list. However, for some roofs, they are perfectly suitable, especially if you just want a solid color without any texture or design. Asphalt tiles are not only affordable, they are extremely easy to install. Many people install themselves, making it one of the most cost-effective possible roof upgrades.

Roof Coating

Roof coatings can be a solution if you want to protect your existing roof. Vinyl coating is thick and completely waterproof. You will even see some homeowners who spray directly over their tile or shingles, encapsulating them. Spray on roof coating are extremely durable, 100$ waterproof and very affordable. You just need to decide if you like how they look.

Slate Roofs

Of all the options on the list, a slate roof will last the longest. Slate is an extremely durable product that is ideal for roofing because it is stylish and water resistant. The most important thing you need to consider about slate is the fact that it is so heavy. You might need to reinforce your roof before you can install slate. That being said, it is always going to be a great option because it looks great, last a long time, and does it need any maintenance. Any of these four choices could be perfect for your home. Make sure you consider your budget, but also consider the long-term maintenance requirements of the various materials. 

Contact a company like Surface Shield Protective Coatings for more information and assistance. 

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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.