Roof replacement is a big financial investment, but one that is well worth it when you consider the long-term advantages that it offers your home. A new roof completely revamps the exterior of any property, while also adding insulation to your home. Since every roofing product is a little different, you need to research to find the material that will be the most practical for your home. This article looks at two of the most popular materials used in residential roofing.
Wood shingles are an extremely durable product considering they are completely natural. Wood shingles consist of raw wood that is tempered and reinforced to stand up to the elements. Of course, some species of wood are more durable than others. That being said, wood is always going to be susceptible to wear and tear. Over the years, as the finish deteriorates, wood can become susceptible to water damage. There is also a high risk of termite infestation, which can compromise the structural integrity of the shingles.
Despite all this, a wooden roof can easily last over 25 years. This might be a relatively short lifespan when you compare with two other products like slate or ceramic tile. However, many homeowners are more than willing to deal with this because they love the way that wooden roofs look. There is really no replicating the natural style of wood shingles. They have a sense of authenticity and warmth that you can't find with any other product. Furthermore, if your home has wood trim or siding, a wooden roof will look natural and more cohesive.
Some homeowners simply want a product that will be durable and doesn't require any maintenance. If this is what you're looking for, synthetic tiles are the way to go. Synthetic tiles are very easy to own because they aren't to susceptible to water damage, termite infestation, or fading. Basically, a synthetic tile roof will easily last the lifetime of your home without any sort of upkeep. Synthetic tiles have manufactured prints and dyes that mock other natural materials (including wood). These "fake" or "faux" finishes might not be attractive to some homeowners, but they are actually very realistic looking.
While these two materials are very different in many ways, they are both reliable, energy efficient choices. It is easy to see why home improvement stores sell so many synthetic tiles and wood shingle roofing products. To learn more, talk with a roofing contractor like those at Darnell Construction.