THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ROOFING MATERIALS
Do you think your roof needs to be replaced or repaired? If yes, you should probably have an idea of the kind of materials you could choose from. Though the price and aesthetics play a crucial role in decision making, there are other things that you should keep in mind as the weather conditions in your area. Various factors play a determinant role in picking out the roofing material. We have listed some of the most popular roofing materials below for you. However, to make an informed decision speak to the experts at D’Angelo as they would help you pick out the material which would be the best suited for your house.
Also known as Asphalt shingles, these are a very reasonable choice for roofing material, making them a popular choice. They are available in various colors and styles. As they are lightweight, it makes them easier to install and maintain. Most of the brands also meet the fire codes. However, as they are light, they can blow off when there is heavy wind. So while picking out your shingles, you should search carefully and look into the quality. They have a short life span of about 20 to 25 years. This kind of roofing is not compatible with flat or low-pitched roofing. They usually wear out faster when they are on a flat roof than on a steep-slopped roof. You can’t install them during cold temperature and would have to wait till warmer weather to arrive before you can install them.
Clay Tiles are a little expensive than other roofing materials. As they are heavy, they need particular framing to support them, which should be installed by the professionals only. These tiles are highly durable and can last for about 100 years. They can withstand extreme weather conditions easily. They are energy-efficient and eco-friendly and don’t contain any chemicals, making them a green roofing option. They can also be easily recycled. Clay tiles have energy-efficient characteristics like airflow, thermal mass, thermal emittance, and solar reflectance, which will keep your house warm during winters and cool during summers.
These are an excellent alternative to clay tiles as they look similar and cost about 30% lesser. They can also easily mimic the appearance of wood shakes. Concrete tiles are resistant to insect and rot damage and don’t decay. When compared to other roofing materials, they are long-lasting. When installed in a suitable climate, they can easily last for more than a hundred years. These tiles can easily stand high winds, hail, and even fire. The tiles are eco-friendly as they are made of earth materials. Hence, once the tiles have been removed, they can easily be recycled or pulverized. However, not all roof slopes are suitable for concrete tiles. It is best not to use them on a roof with a pitch of less than 4:12. The tiles are brittle. They break when they experience a significant impact, like a falling tree.