Different types of roofs and popular roofing choices

The great things about roofs is that there are many types to choose from. The climate, house style and budget are all factors to take into account. New technologies and innovations have made it possible to get any look just about anywhere, so whether you’re replacing an old roof or building a new home, you’ll want to check out these popular roofing choices:

Metal Roof

Of all roofing materials this is the best. There’s no other material more capable of protecting a structure from wind, rain, hail, fire, or rot than a durable and energy-efficient metal roof. In the past, metal roofs meant corrugated panels which only seemed suited for sheds etc. but today, metal roofing products are available in a variety of styles to suit a number of architectural styles.

Wood Shingles & Shakes

These are the two types of wood roofing. Wood shingles are machine-cut and tapered for a trim, crisp appearance. While wood shakes are hand-split, giving them a more rustic appeal.  Wood roofing isn’t as practical as modern asphalt shingles but there is no denying their appeal on a traditional or historical-style house.

Going Green

Green roofs are becoming a new trend for some. Creating a green “living” roof is an investment that holds many benefits such as better insulation, reduced run-off and extended life to your roof.  Several layers of support vegetation is needed for a green roof.  You’ll need a waterproofing membrane to protect the roof and depending on the sloe you may also need a root barrier and irrigation system.

Asphalt Shingles

Not only are these types of shingles today’s most popular roofing material but they’re also economical to produce, relatively easy to install, and widely available. They are made from woven fiberglass base mat, covered with a waterproof asphalt coating and topped with ceramic granules to shield it from harmful UV rays. They’re available in a full range of styles and colors to complement any home’s architectural styles and can last as long as thirty years.

Slate Roofs

Slate is dense, sound rock, and is exceedingly tough and durable. Although it is labor-intensive and costly to install, a natural slate look will give character to a building unlike any other roofing material.  The come in an array of colorations, is non-combustible, waterproof and requires little to no maintenance over the course of its long life.

Composite Shingles

If you want something that has the look and appeal of slate, tile or wood minus the installation and maintenance costs, you might want to consider composite roofing.  It is made from poly-based products, some companies offer superior products that are lightweight, fade resistant, fire safe, and warrantied for up to 50 years.

Clay & Concrete Tiles

These roofs are not only beautiful to see but they’re also extremely durable and can last for decades.  Whether made of clay or concrete, individual tiles are often molded in barrel shapes for interlocking installation.

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