Your roof protects you and your home from the elements. Not only does your roof protect your property from damage but it also can increase your home’s value. With your roof being charged with tasks as important as protecting your property and loved ones, it is important to choose the material that will work best for your life style and the weather conditions in your area.
Asphalt: This is the most commonly used material for roofing because it is one of the least expensive. It can be made in a variety of colors and thicknesses in order to suit your preferences, and is very fire resistant. However, the shingles are lightweight and not very resistant to wind, it won’t last as long as other materials, and it is made from petroleum products, which is bad for the environment.
Metal: Metal roofing can be steel, aluminum, copper, or a zinc alloy. Prices range from moderate to expensive, but these roofs provide wonderful protection from fire and wind and will last a very long time. Some are made from recycled materials and most can be recycled when they need to be replaced. However, some find metal roofing to be loud during rainstorms without proper insulation.
Synthetic: Always made from some form of plastic, synthetic roofing is inexpensive and can be made to resemble other, pricier materials. It provides good protection, is long lasting, recyclable, and moderate in weight so it does not require extra support.
Clay tile: Red clay tiles give homes a traditional Spanish or Italian look. It is one of the most expensive options, and the tiles can be brittle and a few will need to be replaced time to time, but as a whole these roofs are very long lasting. They provide great protection from wind and fire, and are made from natural materials but are very heavy and will require additional support.
Others: Concrete, slate, and wood are less commonly used for various reasons. Concrete functions just like clay tile and is less expensive, but most do not like the look of concrete roofs. Slate is the oldest form of roofing material and gives homes a classic look, but it is very expensive and requires specialists to install it. Wood gives homes a unique, rustic look and is only moderately expensive but requires frequent maintenance and has to be coated to be fire resistant.