Monday, December 4

The Different Types of Roofing

If you need a new roof, you have probably already done some preliminary research. It can be somewhat confusing about the many options that are available. There are so many types you probably do not have any idea which to choose from. This is where a professional roofing company can be of help to you.

Various roof types

Types of roofs include:

  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Slate and Tile

·         Metal Roofing

  • Flat Roof System

·         Wood Shakes

The roof types are many so you do need to check online when each is usually used and the cost of the various roof types.

Asphalt shingles

Roofs of asphalt shingles have been used for well over 100 years. These roofing materials were created in the US in 1903. In the beginning shingles were originally make from rags until manufacturers were able to find material that were more fire retardant. That is why asphalt became popular as they are very fire retardant making a great choice for roofing material.

Asphalt shingles are currently made from both fiberglass as well as other materials and then covered in asphalt. These shingles have been the most popular choice among homeowners and roofers for decades. They are durable and the cheapest of all roofing materials. One major drawback is these materials do not hold up well in areassusceptible to severe thunderstorms with hail and high wind.

Slate and Tile

Slate shingles are what homeowners use when they what something that is classier and more modern looking. Slate on rooftops has been used since the 1700’s in the US. Slate is a stone that is from areas that have lots of clay or volcanic ash. Slate was expensive when first used and only the wealthy could afford this choice on their homes. But new ways of processing slate have led to slate roofs becoming quite economical as a choice for roofing. Advantages of slate are in its appearance that is natural, fire resistance, durability and can have a life span of up to 100 years. Slate is also resistant to a lot of the damage that weather can bring. But the biggest disadvantage is that slate tile is very heavy as well as the cost – costing more than asphalt shingles do.