Choosing your Roofing Material

Choosing your Roofing Material


They say the home is your castle, the one place in the world that is your own. And while the inside of the home is where you do the majority of your living, it is the roof that acts as the first defense against the onslaught of the elements. Choosing the correct roofing materials for your castle is an important and very personal decision, one that can be chosen with the help of your contractors.

While asphalt shingles are pretty much the standard in modern home construction, there are many other options that you may want to consider, whether you are building your home from the ground up, or simply replacing what has kept your family warm and dry for years.

Clay tiles are arguably one of the oldest materials used in roofing construction. Archaeologists have discovered homesteads on digs dating back thousands of years. Clay tiles are typically used in the warmer climates of the US since they do not age well in constant freeze-thaw cycles indicative of much of the country. That being said, concrete tiles manufactured to look like clay are available that can handle the drastic shifts in temperature. Clay tiles offer a high degree of protection from rain and the elements and offer very interesting roof patterns. One thing that should be taken into consideration when choosing your roofing material is that clay adds much more weight to the structure of your home, and climates prone to heavy snowfall could result in collapse.

Wood shingles and shakes are commonly found in the colonial states and are widely used in the Cape-Cod-style of home building. Wood shingles and shakes come in a wide variety of roof patterns based on the type of material, size and shape and can even be bent through a steaming process to make high quality curves and bends around convex areas of your home. Interesting cookie-cutter patterns are also easily punched out of the outer edge to produce intricate designs. The downside to this material is that it is susceptible to fire and much more expensive than other building materials.

Vinyl and polymer shingles offer a high degree of protection to your home while maintaining the look of various materials. Vinyl can be fabricated to look like a myriad of wood styles, textures, and can even be made to look like thin pieces of slate. Whatever you have envisioned for your home, there is a good chance you will find it in vinyl.

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing materials in the market. It is one of the cheapest options, comes in many colors and is a very durable. Asphalt shingles are typically made with a composite of fiberglass, but organic options are also available being made strictly from pure asphalt according to strict guidelines. The non-organic option does mitigate the risk of breakage, however, since the fiberglass acts as a strong binder to the asphalt, and is counterintuitively more easily recycled than organic shingles.

When choosing the material that is right for you, there are many more options and considerations. The choices can seem endless, but your contractor can draw on his extensive experience and help you in answering any questions.



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