When choosing the materials for your new roof there are several important factors to consider. In addition to the cost and longevity of each material, some materials weight significantly more than others and weight can be an issue.
If the current structure of your home is not sufficient to support the weight of the material you were considering, you may have to choose a lighter material or have your home’s roofing structure reinforced, at an increased cost.
The following article will contain an overview of the various roofing type available and copious information on the specifics of their application.
Asphalt Shingles – One of the most common types of roofing material is popular for good reason. Asphalt shingles are cost-effective and easy to install even for a novice roofer. This means that regular repairs and maintenance can be handled DIY meaning further savings.
Asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass and feature a thick coating of asphalt. These can be found in a small variety of colors and have a granulated texture. A ‘square’ of asphalt roofing will typically cost about $50 (a ‘square’ is the equivalent of 10’X10’ or 100 sq.ft.). Depending on the quality of the installation and the consistency of maintenance an asphalt roof can last as long as 15 years.
Wood – One of the oldest types of roofing materials is the wooden option. While this may not be available everywhere due to tighter fire safety laws in some areas, wooden roofing tiles are attractive and durable. These are typically made of Southern Pine, Redwood or Cedar as these woods contain stronger oils and are resistant to rot. A wooden roof can last as long as 25 years with proper maintenance and attention and can cost around $100 per square.
Metal – There are also many roofing styles available with the metallic type of roofing. While these options may be slightly more costly than wooden or asphalt roofing, you will find that they are also considerably more durable. They are also very versatile and available in a wide variety of designs and styles to match any structure. Metal roofing can also work to reduce the home’s cooling or heating needs depending on the local climate.
Tile and Cement – for that classic look seen in Southwest Colonial Type Buildings, terracotta and cement tiling can look very attractive. These