Several types of roofs are available for residential construction. Different materials are chosen according to their various qualities, advantages and disadvantages. Roofing a house is quite a cost-intensive affair and you need to be prepared with sound information prior to making your investment. Here’s an overview of some of the most used types of roofing.
1. Wood Shingle Roofing
Wood shingles are also known as shakes and they are especially ideal if you appreciate naturally beautiful looks. They will gracefully age with your house while retaining their aesthetic appeal. Wood shingle roofing is quite expensive though it makes up for the cost with its durability. Most people have concerns with this type of roofing especially with issues like fire, splitting, rotting, and molding. Always invest in shingles that have been treated with special protective glazes and finishes.
2. Slate Roofing
Another beautiful yet very costly roofing material is slate and is especially appropriate if your house is in the French or Colonial design style.
Slate roofing is ideally composed of thin layers of rock and as such the roof is bound to be quite heavy. For this reason it is advisable to first put in place adequate structural support. Laying this type of roof can be quite complicated for a DIY project and the installation is better off when done by a licensed contractor.
3. Tile Roofing
Tile roofing is an option that goes very well with your house if it is in the Spanish or Mediterranean design. There are two types of roofing tiles: clay tiles and concrete tiles.
Tiles are generally laid down on relatively new houses that have adequate structural support since tiles, like slates, are quite a heavy load. The services of a professional contractor will come in handy if you are not confident about taking on the task yourself.
Tile roofing is also quite costly but if properly maintained it can give proper service for up to 50 years.
4. Metal Roofing
Metal roofing options are fast gaining a good reputation in building circles despite their initially high costs. These roof types boast durability as well as low maintenance qualities that extend their life beyond other conventional roof types.
In terms of design and style you’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to get metal roofing that has been made to resemble different roofing types including slate, wood shingles and cedar.
5. Asphalt Roofing
Certainly the most affordable of roofing types has to be asphalt. Asphalt shingles that are made from the conventional highway asphalt are the least expensive. You can also invest in the costlier option that is known as architectural shingles.
Cheap asphalt shingles are not the best if you intend to have a stylish roof. They will also disappoint with their short lifespan. Architectural shingles are much more presentable.
Both of these options are quite prone to scarring and may also succumb to the occasional mildew depending on the weather. They are also not environmentally-friendly and upon replacing them you’ll need to take the waste to a landfill.