If you are considering having a new roof put on your house, fortunately, there is a wide range of different materials for you to choose from. In this article, we will be discussing the most common types of roofing materials that are found in your town and nearby communities so you can make the best choice for your house.
4 Most Common Types Of Roofing Materials
Although several different kinds of roofing materials are available – from many different manufacturers – the following are the most common types of roofs for houses:
- Synthetic slate and slat
- Asphalt shingles
A majority of people select roofing materials based on the architectural style of their homes. For example, typically a wood roof will not be seen on a Mediterranean-style house. Check out this website for more info about roofing practices and procedures.
In the United States, the common type of roofing material is asphalt shingles. Typically, they are cost-effective and with proper maintenance and care can protect your house for 20-30 years. A majority of asphalt shingles are at least somewhat wind-resistant and moderately impact-resistant as well (which can be helpful during hail season). There are also several kinds of asphalt shingles that have been designed with extra impact and wind resistance.
Tile Roofing Materials
Tile’s place in the history of roofing is long and impressive. Ancient China used the first roof tiles. They are reliable and durable but tend to be more expensive compared to other roofing materials. If you decide to go with tile, be aware that concrete is less expensive than clay. Normally tile roofs (clay or concrete) are seen on Mission-style, Italian Renaissance, Spanish Colonial, and Mediterranean-style houses.
Synthetic Slate and Slate
Slate is very attractive roofing material. However, is very heavy, and not every house can support the weight of a slate roof. It is very delicate as well when it comes to roofing materials, and is quite expensive. Synthetic slate is, fortunately, more lightweight, durable, and affordable compared to actual slate. That makes it the ideal alternative option. Synthetic slate is able to withstand heavy-hitting, high winds, and other environmental issues, and it looks exactly like real slate.
Wood Roofing Materials
Wooden material for roofs, such as cedar shingles and shakes, are not as common these days. That is because they are not fire-resistant and need a great deal of maintenance on a regular basis. However, they are very beautiful and durable and contribute to the energy efficiency of your home. Most people find that using a synthetic option is a lot better – particularly in terms of affordability and fire resistance.