Has the time come to finally replace your home's aging roof with brand-new material? If so, you'll be trying to narrow down what material you want to use to get the job done. Here is what you need to know about four materials you can use to replace your existing roof.
Many homeowners decide on wood shingles because they love the look it provides. However, know that this roofing material is made from natural wood, and it does require maintenance over the years. You'll find yourself needing to seal the wood occasionally to keep out pests and prevent water getting in, and you'll potentially deal with decay that other materials won't have a problem with. Expect to only get about 10-20 years out of wood shingles before they eventually need replacement.
Asphalt shingles are definitely one of the most affordable roofing materials available to you. They are great if you want the roof covered, and do not want to put much thought into the design or texture of the material you are putting on the roof. In addition to the roof material being affordable, the installation is also incredibly simple. You'll save money on the installation since there is no need to get heavy roofing materials onto your roof. Asphalt will also last slightly longer than wood.
There are many benefits of having a foam roof that you may not be aware of. For starters, it is going to provide energy efficiency to your home to help keep energy bills down. The material also forms a solid seal with your roof deck, which does not leave any gaps where water can get beneath the roofing material. This makes it one of the most waterproof roofing materials available to you.
If your goal is longevity, you cannot go wrong with using slate. It will last anywhere between 50 to 100 years, meaning it will be the last roofing material you ever buy for your home. However, it will be more expensive than competing materials, both in terms of the material itself and the more difficult roof installation. The end result can provide a very nice look, which may convince you to select it if you were on the fence.
These are just a few of the many roofing materials available to you. If you're unsure about which one to use, reach out to a local roofing contractor in your area.