Exploring the 4 Most Common Roofing Materials
A fundamental aspect of property value and structural integrity is the construction and composition of a home’s roof. Roofing repairs can be costly when damage is extensive or the materials used were of a low quality. Roof Worx offers a myriad of roofing services and materials to ensure that the job gets done right.
The materials used in servicing a home’s roof determine the lifespan and effectiveness of the structure. Different materials have different appeals based on the needs of the homeowner. Introducing some of the most common roofing materials, this post may assist you in your decision for construction or repair of your home’s roof.
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Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular. They’re comprised of a fiberglass base, asphalt layer and a gritty top coat of various minerals. The durability of asphalt shingle roofing corresponds to its reasonably low-to-medium range of price. So, while there are stronger material options available, the composite shingle route is often the best value for homeowners. Some asphalt shingles are tested for hail damage resistance and carry a class 3 or class 4 rating. With a class 3 or class 4 impact rating installed on a roof, many insurance companies give homeowners discounts on their home insurance. This material offers an affordable option a neat appearance to your home.
Made from natural wood, wood shingles are available in many colors/cedar wood varieties. While attractive, there are some downsides to this type of roofing material. Namely, these shingles are not naturally fire-resistant and may be prohibited in certain areas which are prone to wildfires. Additionally, they are more costly to install and must be installed professionally and with care. Maintenance includes inspection for moss (which must be removed immediately), water damage and rot, or cracked and damaged shingles. If properly maintained, a wood shingle roof can remain intact for over 30 years.
Composite or synthetic roofing shingles are available in different materials from multiple manufacturers. They are made with plastic, vinyl, polyiso, or other materials, and typically resemble real products such as slate or cedar shake. Because of the materials used and their construction, the products are very durable. Some products even carry a hail warranty. Because of the products appearance and durability, they are considered a premium product. Consider this type of roof if you want the look of cedar shake or slate and do not want the maintenance that goes along with the natural product.
Standing-seam roofs are made from secured metal panels (usually steel or aluminum) and must be installed professionally. Highly resistant to fire and weather damage, these roofs are the strongest and most long-lasting options. While fasteners or sealant points may require periodic evaluation, the material construct of a standing-seam roof can last over 50 years. However, hail damage can occur with these roof by denting the metal. The value of this type of roofing material exists as an investment—while you may pay more to install a standing-seam roof, its durability will save you plenty on repairs or re-roofing. Consider this type of roof if your home is located in an area prone to wildfires or severe weather.
Whether you’re attempting to breathe new life into your home’s appearance, or lending some much-needed TLC to a damaged roof, it is helpful to be familiar with the benefits of different roofing materials. You can further discuss with your roofing installation professional what is the best material to use to meet your unique needs and match the composition of your home.