June 13

More than Asphalt: Exploring options for wood and metal roofing


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Most of us know the asphalt shingles, they are the most common residential roofing material in the United States. However, it’s worth taking a look at the various types of roofing materials available for your homes if you are replacing your current roof or planning a new construction.

In order to help you select the best type of roofing material for your home, you may ask the following questions:

1. What’s the lifespan of each kind of roofing material?

2. How does it hold up in natural disasters?

3. Is this roofing system ecofriendly?

4. Will it complement the style of the home?

5. How much does it cost?

6. What type of maintenance, is necessary?

In addition to asphalt, popular roofing materials include tiles; slate; synthetic roofing products; metal and wood.

Let’s look closer at the last two, wood and metal roofing.

Wood Roofing

If you’re going for a more natural look for your home, one that blends into the environment, then a wood roof may be the answer. Most wood roofs are made from red cedar because of the ability to resist decay, straight grain, stability and impenetrability to fluids. When installed the right way, wood roofs can have a lifespan of 15 – 40 years, however the roof may need some maintenance to remove mold, fungi and moss.

Wood roofs can be excellent in areas that have high wind or hail. Although, they are susceptible to fire and need to be treated with a fire retardant. In areas with lots of moisture or rain, you may have to periodically clean and maintain your wood roof. Wood is heavier than some of the other roofing choice and is one of the more expensive alternatives. However, if you’re captivated on an authentic look and don’t mind the additional expenses, a wood roof may be right for your home.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are made from steel, aluminum, copper and zinc alloys. They can be among the very expensive roof materials. Nontheless, metal roofs require little maintenance, stand up to high winds, are fire resistant, and adequate in blizzards as well as heat. This type of roofing system is eco friendly, made with recycled materials that can also be recycled if it is replaced.

Some customers are doubtful at the thought of a metal roof, concerned that their house will look like it has a tin lid. But metal roofs have changed over time, and many are designed to look like shingle, clay, tile, cedar shake or slate. Also, metal roofs come in a number of colors, giving homeowners even more options to modify the look of their house. If you want a “fix it and forget it” roofing option, a metal roof may be the right choice for you.

Considering to determine the best roofing material for your house? Ask your local contractor, we can answer any questions you have to help you make the right choice.

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