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Different Materials to Create Different Residential Roofing

You may know that there are many different methods of roof construction, but did you know that the material used makes a difference as well? The roof serves primarily two functions: protection and insulation. Aesthetics are important, but should be considered a secondary priority. The different materials that are used to construct residential roofing affect all the above factors, so it is important to be wise about your choice. You also need to consider your budget, the building regulations of the area, as well as the climate of the area. Then there is the environment to think about as well. With so many things to consider, making a choice can be hard. The following tips should help.

Asphalt Shingles

This is one of the most common roof types you will see in American homes. It is popular due to its low cost, easy installation and durability. They are available in quite a few color choices and complement all kinds of roof styles, especially pitched roofs. However, there are some definite drawbacks of asphalt shingles. First there is the low insulation factor which is very important. If you gain or lose heat when you are not supposed to, it will result in higher energy bills. Moreover, asphalt shingles also tend to have a lower lifespan than some of the roofing materials that are now available in the market. These asphalt shingles are made of petroleum products, and are non-recyclable due to the layer of fiberglass. That makes them bad for the environment too as they just add to the landfill. However, thanks to their cheap price, variety and ease of installation, they still remain popular.

Wood Shingles

Wood is always the classic choice in home and roof design. You have many available options like cedar, redwood, southern pine and the like. Among them, cedar is the higher end, and the most expensive. There are two forms of roof material made of wood – shingles and shakes. While shingles are machine cut, shakes are handmade which gives them a rough look. This can be incorporated in the house’s design as well, or if you prefer cleaner lines you could go for shingles. Wood however, is flammable so make sure your local building codes allow wood before you start. Fire-proof shingles are of course more expensive.

Clay & Concrete

Although clay tiles are heavier than other roofing material, they are non combustible and high on durability. They do need additional roof framing thanks to their weight but they are worth it due to their many benefits. They are available in lighter colors so that they reflect most of sun’s rays. Concrete roofing tiles too are a good choice for their versatility. They come in so many colors, textures and designs that they often do not look like tiles as all. They are also quite durable and provide adequate protection to the house.

These and many more roofing choices are available, so choose one that fits best.

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