You should know about the top 5 types of roofing if you’re building and/or if you own a home.
This will help you care for your roof (important, as it’s literally protecting your home), and make educated decisions moving forward.
Knowing the different kinds of roofing will help you do inspections, make repairs, and make smart financial decisions for your home and life.
Top 5 Types of Roofing
1. Asphalt Roofing
Asphalt roofing is the most common and popular type of roof you see on homes. It’s affordable and has quite a lot of diversity.
They have the potential to meet ENERGY STAR standards if you additionally get them coated. The coating helps keep your roof cool, which keeps your home cool, which brings down your energy bills. And if it meets the ENERGY STAR standard you may qualify for some tax incentives.
Usually asphalt roofing comes with choices between 3-tab, laminate, and architectural shingles. 3 Tab is usually thinner roofing and a little less expensive than the other asphalt shingles.
You may have seen those black streaks on these roofs. This is caused by an algae growth and can be cleaned professionally with soft water washes and chemical solutions.
On average, asphalt roofing lasts about 20-30 years depending on where you live and how well you maintain your roof.
2. Metal Roofing
Metal roofing has been gaining popularity. You can get them in solid metal sheets or in metal shingles–depending on the look you’re going for.
They’re especially nice for homes that have steep roofs. Metal roofing can also be many different colors and finishes, making them quite diverse.
They also last up to 50 years, and they are very easy to maintain. If you get bored of a color, you can paint it. And they’re easy to change and upkeep with different colors and finishes rather than getting a whole new roof.
So though technically more expensive than asphalt shingles, they may be a better investment for you. It all depends on where you live and the type of home you have.
Metal roofing may also help you qualify for ENERGY STAR benefits since they reflect radiating heat from the sun.
3. Tile Roofing
Tile roofing is often installed to give a Southwest U.S. or colonial Spanish flavor to architecture.
They are easy to maintain. But they may break if they’re walked on, which makes roof inspections a lot easier done with hired professionals rather than attempting DIY.
Tile roofs are on the more expensive end of the roof price spectrum, but they also last more than 50 years and are very durable.
Tile roofing can be very heavy too. So you should make sure your home is structurally sound enough to carry their weight.
4. Slate Roofing
Slate roofing is very durable and last up to 50 years. They last a very long time with proper care.
And they can be fashioned to look to many different tastes and styles.
You can do authentic slate shingles or a synthetic slate shingle which appears the same but lasts a shorter time.
5. Wood Roofing
Wood roofing is environmentally friendly.
It has clean run-off, is easier on the environment in its creation process, and can be recycled at the end of its life.
Some homeowners really like the natural appearance they give a home.
Depending on the type of wood you choose, they can last anywhere between 30 – 50 years.
Ultimately, caring for your roof is knowing about your roof.
And the more you know, the better decisions you can make going forward in maintenance, building, and home-buying.
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