Ranch style houses, for example, often have gable roofs. Second Empire houses often have mansard roofs. The dilemma is what sort of material the roof will be made of and what sort of benefits and drawbacks that material has. Here are five roofing options to choose from:
This roofing material is made out of felt that’s been impregnated with asphalt. The exposed side is usually covered with grit. Asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive, but a homeowner should be wary of buying the cheapest shingles he or she can find. Cheap asphalt shingles will soon curl up and crack and their colors will fade. On the other hand, sturdy asphalt shingles can last 25 years or longer and can come in many vivid colors.
2. Wood Shingles and Shakes
Most of these types of shingles and shakes are made of cedar, though some have been made of redwood. Shingles and shakes are expensive, so the homeowner should choose the highest quality that can be afforded. Grade one shingles and shakes are made out of the tree’s heartwood and have chemicals that resist insect damage and fungi. Wood shingles and shakes also weather beautifully and can last about 30 years if they’re installed with care.
3. Clay Tiles
Clay tiles can be seen on houses in the southwest, though they can be placed on houses anywhere. They’re often made of a mix of shale and clay that’s then fired in a kiln. They’re expensive, but when they’re installed they’re fire-proof and basically maintenance free. However, they’re heavy and the roof frame may need to be reinforced.
4. Slate Tiles
In the northeast, where slate quarries are found, a slate tile roof is considered the best roof to have. It’s expensive, but when a slate roof is installed it will outlast the house. The smaller sized shingles can be installed without the roof frame being reinforced. Like clay, slate is fireproof.
5. Metal Roofing
Some people don’t find metal roofing attractive, but it can be. The metal used is often copper, which takes on a sought-after patina called verdigris, galvanized steel and tin. Fastenings need to be the same material as the roof, or a chemical reaction will occur.
These five roofing options can all make a roof attractive, weatherproof and can add a unique beauty to a home. Finding the right roof for your home can be a bit daunting and many people turn to professionals, like those at Great Canadian Roofing and Siding, to help them decide what type is best for their home. Take into consideration the temperament and harshness of your area and you can be sure to select a proper roof for your home.