Do you know the difference between various types of roof shingles and materials? Aside from just aesthetics, there are many functions of different types of roof that should be evaluated when deciding what’s right for your home. Keep in mind, also, that most roofs are replaced – or at least repaired – every ten years. By carefully choosing your home’s roofing material, you can reduce the cost of replacement. In the long run, you’ll use less building material, fill up less landfill space with discarded material, and put less demand on our natural resources. Here’s a simple breakdown from Roof Genius of a little bit about some of the most popular roofing composites out on the market today.
Composition Shingles are a good choice for a clean look at an affordable price. Higher quality versions made from asphalt or fiberglass shingles offer a more durable option and may be available with recycled content.
Slate actual shingle-like slivers of rock – is another roofing material that shows up on more upscale homes. Although slate is an expensive choice, it offers a very natural look and can be laid out in a variety of patterns.
Concrete tile is now a roofing material. Shingles, simulated wood shakes, lighter-weight tiles and concrete panels are being manufactured from a variety of fiber-reinforced cement products. Some are coated with plastics, enamels, or thin metals, and some contain recycled material. Although the products themselves are not yet recyclable, they are a good choice for durability and resource efficiency.
Wood Shakes offer a natural look with a lot of character. Because of variations like color, width, thickness, or cut of the wood, no two shake roofs will ever be the same.
Clay roofing tile is a good choice for homes with a southwestern, Italian, or Spanish Mission design, or even for homes with a modern, clean look.
Metal roofs are coming back into vogue. In the late 1700s, zinc, copper, and lead were the most popular materials used for roofing – such famous historic buildings as the Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello have metal roofs.
Hot Mop roofs are mostly seen in commercial applications and hot-mopped asphalt roofing is sometimes applied to flat or semi-flat residential roofs that have good access and proper drainage.
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