The roof is the most critical structural aspect of every residential building designed to protect it from different weather elements. A home’s roof type significantly impacts the aesthetics and the overall property value. Over time, the roofing system undergoes considerable wear and tear and may develop leaks, cracks, blisters, holes, moss, curled shingles, or suffer other damages. Re-roofing is an excellent way to fix a worn-out roof or leaking roof.
The roofing technology and the roofing materials have advanced considerably since your last roof installation job. When considering re-roofing, there are now several new and better options available today that you may consider than simply re-roofing using the same old material. There is a roofing material today to suit every budget and need. With the range of alternatives available, it might get overwhelming for the homeowners to choose the best one.
To facilitate decision making, let’s look at the different types of roofing that you may consider for the next re-roofing project:
Metal roofing is quickly becoming an increasingly popular residential roofing option due to its low maintenance needs and incredible resistance to extreme weather conditions, including hail and high-intensity winds. It is environmentally-friendly, lightweight, fire-proof, energy-efficient, recyclable, offers quick and easy installation over an existing roof, and lasts up to 60 years. Manufactured using steel, copper, aluminum, or zinc metal roofs are available in varied colors, designs, and styles and can be made to look like slate, wood, or asphalt shingles. Metal roofs are available in panels and shingles and are expensive than their counterparts.
Asphalt shingles are the most common and widely available and used roofing type due to their cost-effectiveness compared to other roofing options. They are easy to install and replace, durable, flexible, hold well to extreme temperatures, and have a durability of 20-30 years. Asphalt shingles are available in a myriad of colors to work with a range of architectural styles.
Clay and concrete tiles
Clay and concrete tiles roofing are ideal for regions experiencing dry and warm climates. They are common in Spanish or Mediterranean style homes and are known for energy-efficiency, durability, long-lasting, and wind and fire-resistant. Concrete tiles are more versatile, affordable, and heavier than clay tiles. Only professionals should install these tiles, and they may require additional support or farming due to their weight. Clay and concrete tiles look elegant and are great to boost the curb appeal.
Slate or ceramic shingles
Slate or ceramic is one of the oldest and most expensive roofing options to buy and install. The color and texture of a natural slate roof appear elegant and beautiful and add character to a home. Slate roofing is incredibly durable, mold and fungus resistant, non-combustible, and waterproof. A properly installed slate roof has a lifespan of more than 100 years. However, they are heavy, need personalized installation, and break when stepped on. They are ideal for areas with wet climatic conditions.
Wood shingles and shakes
The wooden roof is made of cedar, redwood, and southern pine for a rustic appearance. Wood shakes are thick and rough, while wood shingles are thin, uniform, and smooth. Wooden roofing is more energy-efficient as wood is a natural insulator. However, wood shingles and shakes are very expensive, less durable than other roofing options, and require periodic upkeep.
A green roof, also known as an eco-roof, is entirely or partially covered with plants to improve insulation, air quality, save energy, and reduce noise and water run-off to extend the roof’s life. Their environmental advantages have made them quite popular in recent years.
Select a durable and high-quality roof to ensure that it withstands elements, looks beautiful, and safeguards structural integrity. Consider the cost, weight, durability, and weather condition before choosing a re-roofing material. Contact a roofing contractor for assistance in selecting the best re-roofing material for your home.