Your roofing system is not just important for its indispensable functionality—keeping your house dry inside—but also because it contributes greatly to your property’s esthetic appeal. It is, in fact, one of the first aspects of your home that people see as they drive or walk up to your house.
Because of its combined functional and esthetic significance, it’s only proper that you take the time to regularly maintain it. At times, you may even want to revamp your roofing with an all-new material, especially if you are either building a new home or conducting a major home improvement otherwise. If so, following are some of the more popular and effective roofing materials from which to choose.
Actually a classic type of roofing material, wood scores high on appearance points, especially because it consists of appealing yet sturdy woods, such as redwood, cedar, or pine. Understandably, its vulnerability to fire draws concern from many homeowners.
To allay such fears, the market features fire-resistant versions of this material. Therefore, its potential for mold in wet climates becomes the primary concern.
If your home’s design is inspired by French chateaus, or perhaps other Colonial styles, then slate should work very well for you. Known to be very durable and sustainable, slate is also fire-resistant. Notably, it’s a lot heavier than other types of roofing materials, which means that it’s going to need some extra support from the framing, something a knowledgeable contractor can accomplish.
Clay or Concrete Tiles
The advantage of these roofing materials rests in their extreme durability and their natural eye appeal, especially for Tuscan-inspired houses. Because of its composition, though, these materials might also need added support because of their density. However, you can rely on these roofing tiles to be not only fire resistant, but also energy efficient.
Easily one of the most recognized roofing materials in the U.S., asphalt shingles are among, if not the most, reliable roofing material in the market. Why? Asphalt is very sustainable, easy to maintain, friendly on the pocketbook, and aesthetically pleasing.
Because it comes in different colors and textures, it’s highly versatile and easy to pair or mix and match with exterior siding as well as other exterior elements.
Considering the number of options available, you stand to benefit from consultation with a professional, such as those from RTurley Roofing, so that you can make a well-informed decision as to which roofing material best suits your purpose.
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Types of Roofing, AngiesList.com