Comparing Various Types of Roofing Materials
Shopping for a new roof can be a daunting task. There are various materials and products on the market and if you don’t shop for a new roof on a regular basis, they all may seem a bit foreign. We’ll try to simplify things for you and set your mind at ease as you venture toward a new roof.
Cedar Shingles & Shakes
Cedar is the most commonly used wood roofing material. If properly maintained, it is very durable and provides a beautiful appearance. These type of roofs do require a bit more maintenance when compared to other roofing materials. Although commonly used interchangeably, cedar shingles and shakes are not the same. The design and fabrication process is what sets these two roofing materials apart.
Typically the least expensive and consequently the most popular roofing material on the market are asphalt shingles. They can come in several different sizes, colors, and styles (e.g. fiberglass, organic, 3-tab and architectural) to choose from. Because these shingles are made from a weaker material, they are more likely to become damaged when under duress.
Slate is a natural rock that is mined throughout the world. It is also the most expensive type of roofing material. But with the great expense, also comes great durability as slate roofs last a long time. By design, slate is not lightweight. Consideration for a slate roof, must also give consideration to the structure being able to support the extra weight of slate. Slate will hold up in many weather extremes and is fire resistant. Additionally, slate roofs can be expensive to repair and in many cases, you will need to rely on a slate shingle professional.
Rubber roofing is something many homeowners have probably never considered. Although its appearance may be a drawback, rubber is long-lasting, lightweight, and less-expensive than many other roofing options. It has great durability and repairs are relatively inexpensive. Maintenance is at a minimum for this fire-resistant material and it holds up in all weather conditions. Rubber is one of the “greenest” choices as it takes less energy to produce than other roofing materials. It is often made from recycled materials and at the end of its life, a rubber roof is recyclable.
Metal roofs are made from either aluminum or steel. These popular products are lightweight, durable, and can help reduce energy bills. Metal roofs are resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. And these roofs do well shedding snow and managing high-winds and rain. Metal roofing can be expensive but the extra cost does not provide complete peace and quiet. A passing rainstorm will sound different under a metal roof as opposed to another material. And a passing hailstorm will likely leave some dimples on a metal roof.
A roof is only as good as the company that installs it. No matter what type of a roof you select, make sure the installation is done by a reputable and professional company. Also, know how to properly care for your roof as each material has different needs and maintenance. Highmark Restoration has got you covered for roof replacements and repairs. Their team consists of experienced, certified roof installers and they offer their own 5-year labor warranty.