You may have reached the conclusion that you need to replace your roof. While that can be a tricky decision to make in deciding to go forward, an even more critical problem is what kind of shingles to use on your roof. There are many benefits to different varieties and here you will see which ones would be best suited for your home.
A more traditional choice and popular for those on a budget, asphalt shingles can be an easy choice for your home. They offer weather-tight protection and an attractive look. They are not as durable or long-lasting as other shingle options but can be easier on the pocketbook. Asphalt shingles are either fiberglass or organic. The organic shingles are based on waste paper which is then recycled and the fiberglass are based on a layer of glass fiber. Organic shingles are more durable than fiberglass but are much more prone to fire and, as such, are being phased out of the market.
However, there are many disadvantages to asphalt shingles. If you install them at below freezing temperatures or if your attic is not properly ventilated, they will be damaged. They are not resistant to extreme temperature changes and can be susceptible to lift from heavy winds. They are not environmentally friendly and require more maintenance and repairs.
An iconic roofing style, cedar shingles bring an incredibly aesthetically pleasing aspect to any home. They can be more costly to install, but they are very durable. Cedar is a very energy efficient shingle type and is extremely resistant to temperature changes or inclement weather. One downside is the regular maintenance required.
One of the most expensive options, tile shingles will bring a distinctive style element to your home. They are also incredibly durable and will last from 50-70 years. Due to the heavy weight of the tile, your roof may require some structural reinforcement. These roofs prove more resistant to weather extremes and offer insulation to your home.
Tile is not without its drawbacks. It is several times more expensive than traditional asphalt and can require a much more intensive installation process. The tiles are also very brittle and, if a worker needed to access the roof, they can easily break underfoot.
One of the more affordable options, and gaining popularity, are the metal roofs. These are becoming more popular as more styles and designs become available. Metal roofing can last over 50 years and is resistant to wind due to interlocking panels. They improve your home’s fire resistance and can help keep your home cooler. Metal roofs can be made of tin, galvanized steel, aluminum or copper.
However, metal roofing is not without its disadvantages. If you purchase a home with a metal roof you will have to take great care to secure grounding protection against lightning strike. There is also the problem of coastal areas being very susceptible to corrosion. Industrial areas can also have pollution that will make your tin roof corrode more quickly.
A less conventional method, rubber roofing shingles have recently made a greater appearance in the market. Aesthetically, they are the same as regular shingles but are often much cheaper. They are much more resistant to pests and are durable for 30-50 years. The installation is incredibly easy as rubber can be cut to fit any space. They are extremely low maintenance and are an eco-friendly option as they are created from recycled tires.