Choosing the right type of roof for a new house or retrofitting, can be more difficult than most people could imagine. There are so many choices. Which one is right for you ? There is no simple answer. After all, roofs do a lot more than just serving the most basic practical purpose of protecting a house and its occupants from the outside elements. For instance, shape of the roof play a major role in defining the overall look and style of a house. Residential roofs can be made of asphalt, ceramic tile, slate, wood, and metal. So, choose the perfect one for you.
Types of roofing
Here are the most common types of roofing:
Asphalt shingle is the most common and generally least expensive roofing material. Other benefits include the wide variety of colors and styles, ease of installation and suitability for a wide range of temperatures. Asphalt shingles also provide reliable waterproofing. Asphalt shingle roofs last 15 to 20 years with the intense sunlight and temperature extremes.
Ceramic roofing tiles
If you are looking for a lot of character in your home, ceramic roof tiles might be the way to go and they are generally durable. Tiles are resistant to fading and are fireproof. Quality tiles should last 50 to 70 years. Disadvantages to ceramic roofing tiles include their unsuitability for climates with fluctuating weather. Ceramic tiles are prone to erosion under these conditions. While the tiles are durable, they are also fragile.
Wood shakes and cedar shingles
Cedar shake roofs has many benefits. They are reliable in any climate, but they are ideal for hot and sunny areas because they resist UV damage. They can withstand harsh weather conditions, so they are great for people who live in areas that experience strong thunderstorms or hurricanes.
Metal roofs are becoming increasingly viable, as metal shingles are low maintenance, lightweight and more environmentally friendly. However, installation can be tricky and requires a contractor with experience installing a metal roof. As a metal roof starts to lose its shine, repainting is an option as long as the structural integrity of roof is in good shape.