Heavy rainfall or storms can wreak devastation on your home. Water infiltration into your home can ruin personal property and damage your home’s interior walls, structures, finishes, and foundation. In addition, it can cause severe damage to siding, roofing, and the rest of the exterior; heavy rainfall and high winds can contribute to another threat: flooding. `
Here in this article, we will briefly explain the types and importance of roofing materials and how that works, and we will share some tips which will make choosing the right roofing material a little bit easier for you.
Today’s roofing materials have improved over the last 25 years and are way better than the older ones in every aspect, such as life expectancy, material quality, and installation process. All roofing systems lay on an overlap to shed water and resist wind uplift. The roof’s underlayment and roof construction will help keep the cold weather, moisture, and stifling summer air out.
In case you are building a new house or thinking of replacing a roof, then you should have a look at the variety of options you get in roofing material types;
It is a very standard roofing option for any homeowner. Composite shingles have a decent life expectancy of about 20 years and are relatively low in cost. The benefit of composite shingles is that you do not have to worry about the installation procedures, as finding and replacing the material is very standard for experienced contractors and considered to be the best roofing material.
Metal roofing needs low supervision, boosting the market demand and appealing to new home buyers. It requires a distinct set of skills to be installed. The life expectancy of a metal roof is between 50-80 years. From an aesthetic point of view, for years, metal roofs have suffered, but slowly, the designs are improving, which is also something to consider when choosing a roof for your home. But before engaging in any specific roofing material and company, check the experience and reputation of the company, which will help you in the long run to choose the best metal roof for residential.
Wood shingles are not as common as the other options out there. They are more expensive and require frequent maintenance. Wood shingles do however, add lots of beauty and character to a home.
It is also susceptible to plant growth and moss, requiring regular maintenance and cleaning.
Clay tiles are expected in hot and dry climates. The durability of clay tiles gives them the highest life expectancy, which means 100 years or more. Clay doesn’t shrink with temperature change nor is it susceptible to plant growth and moss.
However, replacing your current roof with clay tiles will not be a good idea, as it is heavier than metal, wood, or composite, and your roof may not be able to support that extra weight.
Slate is a heavier roofing material, like clay. It is way more expensive than any other variety of roofing materials, such as wood, metal shingles, or composite ones. The house’s structure must have proper framing to withstand the heavy weight of a slate roof.
Choosing slate as a roofing material means it will look very aesthetically pleasing. It is often installed in considerable textures and shades so that you can have a captivating look for your home. The advantages of having slate as a roofing material are that it is fire-resistant, extremely durable, and has the 2nd highest life expectancy. It can last a minimum of 60 years, up to 100 years, if installed properly.
Your roof framing and budget are crucial in determining which roofing material will be best for you. Before committing to a material:
For more details and any questions or guidance related to roofing materials, you can call the experts at SR1 Roofing or visit our website. Our team is here to help you determine what the best option for your home is.
Trevor is an ex-firefighter / paramedic for the city of Keller for eight years and also has a 10- year background in the construction and restoration industry.
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