Nowadays, there are so many roof types to choose from, so no wonder many can’t make up their minds easily. The first step to the right decision is to know what benefits each specific type of roof offers and what we actually want to achieve with the roof (besides the obvious).
A perfect type of material of your roof depends on several factors. First, you need to decide how long you want your roof to last, namely, you want to find durable material that matches its price. Secondly, in case you’re selling the house, the roof definitely needs to be done properly in order to raise the market value of the house. Lastly, you should decide on whether you want the roof to match your exterior style or your goal is an eco-friendly roof.
1. Asphalt shingles
This is probably the most common type of roof there is. Its life expectancy is between 20 and 30 years, while it also gives you a variety of choice when it comes to colors and profiles. Some of them can even imitate slate roofs or cedar shakes if you want them to fit the exterior better. They are also quite affordable but bear in mind there are different versions, for example, architectural shingles vs. 3-tab shingles. One more thing – they can’t be installed on a curved or flat roof shape.
2. Wood shingles
Wood shingles were dominant for centuries but now some areas forbid their use due to their fire codes. They are still one of the better choices, due to their looks and durability. Their life expectancy is similar to those made of asphalt but their price is usually twice as higher. The most common types of wood shingles are the southern pine, cedar, and redwood, while the shingles are usually split or sawn.
3. Metal roof
The biggest advantage of metal roofs is definitely their life expectancy – they can last between 40 and 100 years, depending on the metal type. And even though some may think metal roofs make noise when it’s raining, insulation actually minimizes it. Copper is the most durable type of all of them, along with other benefits, including its fireproof and water resistant features and its visual appeal. Experts in roofing like Architectural Leadwork also highlight its light weight and seldom need for maintenance, making it a cheaper choice in the long run as it doesn’t crack. And let’s not forget the fact that it’s recyclable – a fact that could please environmentally conscious clients interested in buying the house.
4. Slate roof
Slate roofs were widely used a hundred years ago. We still get to enjoy their everlasting beauty due to its durability (50-125 years). They are also eco-friendly, as they are made of natural stone, making them recyclable as well. However, the thing you need to bear in mind here is the weight of a slate roof. It is extremely heavy material, meaning the contractor must reinforce the roof deck before installing this type of roof.
5. EPDM flat roofing
Regarding its durability, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer or EPDM can last as much as asphalt and wood shingles (between 20 and 35 years). It is a rubber roofing membrane which is wanted for its affordability, especially when it comes to roofs of commercial properties. Additionally, it is a flexible material, so its installation won’t be affected by temperature. In order to make it more energy-efficient, you can apply reflective roof coatings, which will reduce the need for air conditioning during summer.
As you can see, you should take several factors into consideration before you make your decision. That’s the only way to identify the perfect material for your new roof. Consequently, it will raise the price of the house or simply make your life in it more comfortable.