Types of shingles and their advantages
With Fall upon us it’s time to talk about roofing. The Fall season is a busy time for roofers; the mild weather is perfect for long hours spent working in the sun. If you’ve been putting off that much needed roof repair, now is the time to schedule it. If your roof is near the end of its life, your money might be better spent on a roof replacement rather than constant roof repairs. For homeowners considering a new roof, there are a lot of choices when it comes to what kind of roof to go with. And for each choice there is a lot to think about. You have to take into account the climate, durability, cost, aesthetics, and maintenance requirements.
Here’s a look at some of the most types of shingles and their advantages and disadvantages.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular choice when it comes to roofing materials, and for good reason. They are durable and relatively inexpensive. They come in a wide variety of styles and colors, are easy to install, and are effective in both hot and cold climates. On the downside, asphalt shingles don’t last as long as heavier roofing materials and are more prone to inconsistencies in color as the dark shingles can fade. There are two types of asphalt shingles. The first is made of fiberglass matt and covered with asphalt; the second is made from recycled felt paper and asphalt. The latter is more durable but also more expensive.
Wood’s unique and attractive appearance make it another popular roofing choice. Wood is a great insulator and keeps energy bills down. Unfortunately, wood shingles are more difficult to install, are expensive, and prone to insects and mold. Though they can be treated with fire retardant chemicals, these wear off after a number of years.
Slate is a popular choice for upscale homes. It gives the home a natural appearance. Slate is also extremely durable. It is fire resistant, immune to rot, is easily maintained, and has a higher life expectancy than humans. The downside is their high cost, weight, and difficulty of installation.
Yet another popular choice is ceramic tiles. They are resistant to fading and are fireproof. They should last anywhere from 50 to 70 years. Unfortunately, ceramic tiles are not the ideal choice for climates with dramatic shifts in weather. Ceramic tiles are prone to erosion and can be damaged by strong winds.
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