Different Materials for Different Roofs


One of the most important parts of the house is the roof.  This should be well planned and the material well researched on because it can make or break the overall look of the house if you are viewing it from the outside.  Also, this is the most important part because a leaking roof or a defectively installed one can ruin everything that is inside of the house. No one would want a leaking roof over one’s head or worse, a hole on the roof!

There are a lot of materials for the roof available in the market.  It really depends on what look you want to achieve for your home.  During the design process, it is best to get involved with your roofing contractor so that you would know the differences between each roofing materials as well as the pros and cons of each. It would be nice if you have an unlimited budget for the construction of your home but like most of us, we do have a limited budget so we want to make sure that the roofing material used for your roofing would last, if possible, more than a lifetime.

As said earlier, there are many types of roofing materials available. Each has its own advantage and disadvantage over the other. Considerations should be heeded when choosing the materials like location, climate, look that you want to achieve as well as the maintenance and installation costs. These things will help you choose the best one for your future home.

Asphalt shingles are the most common among the roofing materials available. It can have a life expectancy of about 30 to 40 years. It does come in a variety of colors.  Installation is easy and it is the most economical.  No need for specialized tools, just diamond blade cutters to make sure that each shingle is cut precisely to its needed shape and size. The only disadvantage of this roofing material is moss build up and there would be a need for adequate venting.

For areas who are prone to wet weather conditions, the preferred material are steel, aluminum or copper. The great thing about metal roofing is that it reflects heat, can withstand high winds and survive snow and rain.  Also, there is no problem with moss buildup.  Life expectancy for this kind of roofing material is about 50 years. This can even out the cost needed to build it.

For the warmer and temperate climates, roofing materials made of clay or concrete tiles are preferred. It also has a long life expectancy of about 50 years and it is resilient even with the harsh weather beating up on it. The only disadvantage of this is that it is heavy and you would need diamond blade cutters to be able to size the tiles properly and precisely.

Other roofing materials include slate, which is considered to be the most expensive among the lot. But the fact that it can last up to about 100 years makes it popular among contractors.  There are also living roofs or called green roofs, wherein a layer of soil is placed on a roof for plants to grow and this is said to be the ongoing trend nowadays.  Whatever the choice you will have, just make sure that you considered your location, house type as well as the budget you have for your roof.

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