If your roof is getting old, then replacement might be the best option for you. However, you don't necessarily need to commit to the same material that you already have. There are a lot of choices out there, and not every roofing material is perfect for every situation, so here are some facts about four of the most popular roofing materials out there:
Asphalt is often the cheapest and most common option, which means that it will probably be one of the first options that you look at. If you are looking to save money and don't have a particularly unique aesthetic in mind for your home, then asphalt shingles are an excellent choice. You can even choose from a variety of colors, which can help you color-coordinate.
Clay is a bit like asphalt, but is a lot more expensive. The biggest benefit is that clay will usually last a lot longer than other options, meaning that you probably won't need to replace your roof for several decades. In other words, the cost of installing the roof may be pretty high to start with, but you can actually save money in the long run, since other roofs might need to be replaced several times in the time it would take a single clay roof to wear down.
Concrete is a lot like asphalt and clay with the main difference being that it weighs quite a bit more. Concrete might cost you about the same as asphalt, but the increased weight can be both good and bad, depending on your circumstances. If you live somewhere with high winds, then concrete will be a lot safer and sturdier. Concrete tiles won't be damaged or blow away during extremely high winds, but whereas those are both possibilities with asphalt. The downside is that your roof might not be able to support such a heavy weight, so you want to double-check before getting a full set of concrete tiles installed.
For a more interesting approach, you could consider getting a plastic polymer roof, which will last a very long time and require very little maintenance. On top of that, a plastic roof is pretty light. As far as drawbacks are concerned, plastic roofs do cost a fair bit and aren't necessarily as durable as other options. If a plastic roof is directly damaged, then it will likely need some pretty serious repairs, whereas a stronger roofing material might be able to withstand the same violence without any serious wear and tear.
Contact a roofing contractor to learn more about your roofing options!Share
14 March 2016
One thing I never realized about roofing is what a difference it can make in the appearance of a home. The roofing on my home was more than 20 years old before we got around to replacing it. As we were working with our roofing contractor to choose the materials that we wanted to use, I learned quite a bit about the many, many options that we had to consider. Our blog will show you several of the options and provide you with facts about each type of material that you can use. Hopefully, what we have included here will help you choose the roofing that will look and perform the best on your home.