Santa Rosa Beach Roofing: Article About Roofing Materials Pros and Cons
A Santa Rosa Beach roofing specialist can install many types of roofing on today's homes. Because homeowners can be easily overwhelmed with the different choices, the pros and cons of several common roofing materials are covered below.
Due to their low cost and ease of installation, asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in America and cover 80 percent of homes. The shingles come in a variety of colors and styles, and they can simulate other materials such as wood and slate. Asphalt shingles are fire resistant and have fair wind resistance. Unfortunately, the shingles are made of a petroleum based material that isn't environmentally friendly. The shingles are also susceptible to algae, moss and mildew growth. Compared to other roofing materials, asphalt shingles have a relatively short lifespan of 15 to 30 years.
Wooden roofs can be made of smooth, uniformly cut shingles or rough hewn wood shakes. A cedar or redwood roof has a pleasing natural look and weathers to a silvery gray color. Wooden roofs have poor fire resistance, but shingles with fire resistant treatment are available. These roofs also tend to rot, split and grow mold and mildew. Wooden roofs require a high degree of maintenance, but a properly maintained roof can last 30 to 50 years.
Tile roofs are usually associated with Spanish style homes that have reddish roofs.
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However, the tiles can also be designed to resemble wood shakes or slate. Roof tiles can be manufactured from clay or concrete. These materials are heavy, so additional roof framing is required for support. Tile roofs are fireproof, easy to maintain and durable, lasting at least 50 years. However, walking on tiles can break them, so only experienced professionals should perform any maintenance that requires walking on the roof. Tile roofs are expensive and cost several times more than asphalt roofs.
Metal roofs are made from aluminum, steel, copper or tin. Metal roofing can be composed of panels or shingles. Metal panel roofing does not hide its metallic nature and looks clean and contemporary. In contrast, metal shingles simulate traditional roofing materials such as wood shakes and shingles, tile and slate. Metal roofs are lightweight, durable and last at least 50 years because they can easily withstand fire, wind, water and snow. Since metal roofs reflect heat from the sun, homeowners can save money on cooling bills. However, metal roofing is expensive to install, can dent and may require repainting.
A slate roof has a beautiful and distinctive appearance. Slate is one of the most durable roofing materials and is expected to last a century or more. However, slate is very heavy and extremely expensive. A slate roof requires a reinforced roofing structure to support its weight, and the roof must be installed by specially trained workers.