Rural Hall Roofing: Article About Roofing Material Choices
When a homeowner discovers that they need a new roof, there are a few decisions that need to be made. One of those decisions is what type of roofing material will be used. While some homeowners will want to stick with whatever material the old roof was made from, many may want to look into additional options. Homeowners should consider their budget, the longevity of the roofing material, local building codes and the roof that can best complement the style of the home. Homeowners should discuss all of their options with their Rural Hall roofing expert.
Asphalt shingles are a common roofing material with approximately 80 percent of American homes using them. This is for several reasons such as their relatively inexpensive cost, lifespan of about 20 to 25 years and ease of installation. Asphalt shingles are also fairly easy to maintain. Mineral granules provide many color options and asphalt shingles can be recycled. Other benefits include that they're fire resistant and stand up well to the wind.
Metal roofs come in either sheeting or shingle form. They can be aluminum, copper, or steel and are known to last about 50 years.
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Metal roofs can be made from recycled metal and also recycled when their life as a roof comes to an end. A protective coating or paint goes on top of the metal. In fact, if color options are important, metal roofs provide the most selection. These roofs shed precipitation easily and are ideal in areas that get a lot of snow and ice.
Wood shakes and wood shingles cost a bit more but are a natural option that has an aesthetic appeal for many types of homes. Homeowners need to know that some building codes prohibit the use of wood as a roofing material due to their natural lack of fire resistance, although they can be coated with a flame retardant. They should also be aware that wood roofs will need a preservative and fungicide applied every two to five years to help maintain the roof.
Slate is most popular in the Northeastern US where it's quarried. It's also a natural option that looks beautiful on a variety of home types. However, it's extremely heavy and expensive. In fact, some homes will not be able to support the weight of slate shingles, making it out of the question for some homeowners. It needs to be installed with special tools by someone who has had special training to install slate roofs.