What Roofing Materials To Consider For Your Roof

What Roofing Materials To Consider For Your Roof


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Roofing your house is an important task that should be taken seriously and with due diligence. Not only helps it protect you and your family from elements, but can also improve the curb appeal of your house.

There are many types of roofing materials on the market. With a little bit of research you may update the type of your roofing rather than simply replacing the same material. Choosing the right one among many roofing materials requires that you weigh appearance, longevity, cost, and structural issues of a few roofing materials. Here are a few roofing materials to consider when it comes to replacing your roof.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in Canada and the United States. Many asphalt shingles are made from a fiberglass base and asphalt and mineral granules top. They are a good choice for most residential roofing needs. The typical lifespan of asphalt shingles is 20 to 30 years. Furthermore, replacing individual damaged asphalt shingles is a fairly easy job for a professional. Basically every roofing company should be familiar with installing this type of roofing materials. Composite asphalt shingles are known for their flexibility and ability to adapt to expansion and contraction of the roof due to temperature fluctuations.

Wood shingles

Wood shingles are very attractive, but quite expensive and have limitations. For instance, they don’t have an extensive lifespan, and they are not the best option in areas that get lots of moisture or where wildfires often happen. Still, they are among the most attractive roofing materials, which makes wood shingles a popular choice for luxury and well-maintained homes.

Wood shingles are usually made from natural wood, like cedar or redwood and come in forms of wood shakes and shingles. Wood shingles are typically thin, wedge-shaped slabs of wood that are produced by precise sawing. Shakes are produced by splitting wood and they are thicker wedges with a rougher texture.

Slate roof

Slate shingles are perhaps the most beautiful roofing materials on the market. They are very well-known for their longevity - there are slate shingles roofs that are hundreds of years old are still functioning. True slate shingles are authentic thin sheets of real stone. Because slate shingles may tend to cleave off in thin sheets, they are ideal for roofing. But installing slate is a highly specialized task and only qualified installers should perform it.