When considering roof materials the decision on the type of roof you want has to be made. Some roofers prefer to install certain types of roofs as well as doing certain types of roof repair. You can look into your options yourself or you can request the help of a roofing company or roofing contractor. They can also give you some insight into your best option.
Green Roofs are extremely eco friendly and they do a number of things. Green roofs are known to improve air quality, as well as insulate our homes. With this type of roof, you literally turn your roof into a living thing. The green roof will be the home to vegetation, like moss, on top of layers that are installed on a rooftop.
Asphalt shingles are among the most popular types of roofs for homes. These shingles will last around twenty years. The elements such as bad weather can lessen the lifespan of the shingles. Asphalt shingles are great on your budget, as they are inexpensive to purchase. Installation is known to be an easy process and labor is minimum. These shingles use asphalt to waterproof the roofs. These shingles have a fiberglass mat which makes them very thin. These shingles are fiberglass mixed with hot asphalt, then it is coated with mineral granules on the surface that will face the elements. Each shingle then receives a sealant strip. This strip is a line that runs through every shingle. It is an asphalt line that each overlaying shingle will cover, the strip will seal each shingle onto the other. Later in the future when it is time to replace an asphalt shingle roof you have the option of just laying new asphalt shingles on top of the old ones.
True to its name this type of roofing comes in a roll of 100 square feet that weighs seventy-five pounds. This type of roofing has virtually no options for color, just black and maybe green. Rolled roofing is not one of the more attractive types of roofing. This is cheaper than even asphalt shingles. It is not very durable as it is very thin, making it unreliable at times. Rolled roofs have a life expectancy of five to ten years. They have to be maintained well to make it to the full ten years. The installation of rolled roofing is on the easier side as well since it can be rolled out onto a roof in a matter of minutes. Rolled roofing can also be rolled out right on top of old roofing. If later on, you decide to switch to asphalt shingles, they can be installed right on top of the rolled roofing. However, rolled roofing is also easily removed as well. Material wise this type of roofing is similar to asphalt shingles. Rolled roofing is popular for low-sloped roof pitches mainly in Northern America.
Wood shingles are quite durable lasting thirty years with the proper yearly maintenance. Wood shingles are also known as wood slates but there are differences between the two. Wood shingles are not split like wood slates. The slates are thicker and more heavy-duty. Cedar shingles are naturally inset free but some wood slates and shingles are chemically treated. With wooden shingles, there can sometimes be a problem with moisture which can cause the wood to become brittle. This type of roof is the most pleasing to the eyes and by far one of the more attractive types of roofs which may be why it takes more time to install and more upkeep.
Concrete and Clay tiles
Concrete and clay tiles are the most durable material used for roofing. Concrete tile roofs are known to last thirty to fifty years, while clay tiles can last all the way to a hundred years. Clay tiles weigh much more than concrete tiles do. When considering clay tiles you have to make sure that your structure can support the amount of weight that it will be under with the clay tiles. In many cases support beams end up having to be added before the clay tiles roof can be installed. Both concrete and clay tiles have been Class A Fire tested. They can both sustain up to 180 miles per hour winds. They have both been hail and impact tested as well.
Even with all of these options, there are still more options. Look into your materials and find a suitable match for your needs.