There are various factors that need to be considered when choosing the best roofing material for your home. Among them are longevity, durability, weight, slope, design, compatibility, eco-friendliness, and cost.
Let us get to know a few of these various types of roofing materials that we can choose from:
1. Asphalt composition shingles are the most popular and takes about 80% of the residential roofing market. They are eco-friendly as they are made up of either organic paper fiber mat that is weather resistant or fiberglass which is fire and moisture resistant. It may not be very durable but you can buy algae resistant shingles for humid climates. Its weight is moderate and can be used on roofs that have fairly low to steeper slopes. Its cost is from less expensive to moderate.
2. Metal roofing materials are more expensive than asphalt shingles but this material is more durable and more wind resistant than asphalt shingles. A metal roofing may be composed of aluminum, copper, steel or zinc allow. Its appearance is flat and it is available in sheets. When installing metal roofs, fasteners can be hidden or exposed. It can be recycled when replaced and its materials may be recycled ones. Depending on the type of metal, its durability can be fair to very durable. It is lightweight and also available for roofs with low or steep sloped. It is resistant to both fire and wind. Steel can be bought at moderate price while copper is expensive.
3. Plastic polymer is made up of high-tech materials that resemble wood shakes or slate. They don’t need much maintenance and last long. Some of the plastic polymer roofing shingles are made from recycled materials and are also recyclable when they need to be replaced. They are lightweight, can be used for steep sloped roofs, fire and wind resistant, and the price is moderate.
4. Clay tiles may be heavy and brittle but they can last longer and are very resistant to fire. They may be made from natural clay but they also consume more energy to manufacture. They are long lasting, and require low maintenance. However, they can easily break and since they are heavy, they need strong and well designed roof framing for support. Clay tiles are expensive.
These are just a few of the various roofing materials that are available in the market for you to choose from. Consider the factors that are relevant in choosing the roofing material for your home before buying the roof.