Walkertown Roofing: Article About Roof Types
When it comes to selecting a roofing material, homeowners have many different options, but before choosing a material, homeowners should consider their budget, how long they want the roof to last, how they want their home to look and how important it is that their roofing materials be fire or wind resistant. Homeowners can discuss the pros and cons of their preferred roof type with a Walkertown roofing professional. Learning about each roof type can help consumers make educated decisions about which that they can feel confident.
Slate is by far one of the most expensive types of roofing, but it has the potential to last much longer, even generations, than other materials. Slate is commonly used in the Northeastern U.S. where it's mined. This natural roofing type is also very heavy. Prior to selecting slate, homeowners may need to seek the assistance of a structural engineer to determine if their home will be able to support its weight. Slate does require additional time to be installed and must be installed by someone with special training and tools. It provides good resistance to fire and wind.
Wood shakes and wood shingles are another natural roofing option that provides a lot of beauty to a home. They're generally less expensive than slate but more expensive than metal or asphalt shingles.
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A wood roof will usually last around 50 years if it's properly cared for and maintained including regular cleanings to prevent the growth of lichen and mildew. While they're not naturally fire resistant, a fire retardant can be applied to wood roofs to give them good fire resistance. Wood roofs also have good wind resistance.
Metal roofs are a good option for homes in areas that experience a lot of ice and snow as they shed precipitation easily. With metal roofs, homeowners have the option of shingles or sheets. They can be coated with a protectant material or painted. There are many paint color choices for metal roofs. Metal roofs provide good resistance to both the wind and fire. They can be made from recycled materials and be recycled once their function as a roof is over. In addition, when compared to asphalt shingle roofs, they absorb approximately a third less heat.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most common roofing material in the US with approximately 80 percent of homes using them. They provide good value and last about 20 to 25 years. Asphalt shingles offer several color options thanks to their mineral granules. They're recyclable and resistant to fire and to the wind.