What Are the Best Types of Roof?

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Whether you’re building a new home or updating your current roof, you’ll want to consider all the options to find the best roof for your home. While there is no one perfect roof, we’ll go over the seven best types of roof, taking into account climate, house style, and budget. Remember – innovations in technology have made it possible to have just about any look you’d like, no matter what type of home you’re building or where you live.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a very popular choice with homeowners because they are economical, easy to install, and widely available. Asphalt shingles are actually made of a woven fiberglass base and then covered with a waterproof asphalt coating. The shingles are then topped with ceramic granules that shield the shingle from harmful UV rays.

Asphalt shingles are available in a range of colors and styles, making it easy to achieve the look you have in mind. Many come with a warranty or 30-year guarantee.

 

Wood Shingles

There are actually two kinds of wooden roofing material – shingles and shakes. Wood shingles are machine cut and usually tapered. The tapering gives them a polished, sharp appearance. Wood shakes are hand-split, which gives them a more rustic look. Wooden shingles aren’t as practical as asphalt shingles, but they more than make up for it in visual appeal. There’s nothing quite like the warm glow of wood, especially on a historical or traditional style home.

While it can add curb appeal and value to your home, make sure you’re up for the maintenance required with wood shingles and shakes. Make sure they are installed with copper or zinc strips to discourage the growth of moss or mildew. As the roof ages, the natural preservatives in the wood leach out, making it prone to drying, splitting, and wood rot. Have your roof regularly inspected to keep it looking sharp and prevent any major damage.

 

Slate

Slate is one of the best types of roof because it is incredibly dense rock, making it tough and durable. While it is labor-intensive (and therefore expensive) to install, natural slate gives back in durability and curb appeal unlike that of any other shingle material.

Slate is available in an array of colors (usually greys, blues, and neutral tones); you’ll be able to match it to any look – giving your home a grand, stylish appearance. In addition to looking good, slate roofing is waterproof, non-combustible, and requires very little maintenance over its lifespan.

 

Clay and Concrete Tiles

In addition to their visual appeal, tile roofs are durable – some have been known to last for centuries! Concrete is less likely to fade or become discolored over time. Whether they are made of concrete or clay, the tiles are usually molded in a “barrel” shape  that allows them to interlock for installation.

Because they are so dense, concrete and clay tile roofs can be extremely heavy – you’ll want to make sure there’s enough support built in to hold up your new roof. If you’re not sure your home can hold a tile roof, consult a structural engineer about your roof framing.

 

Composite Shingles

If you like the look of slate, tile, or wood, but you’re not so fond of the installation costs or maintenance required, you might consider composite roofing. Composite shingles are made from poly-based products, resulting in shingles that are fade-resistant, lightweight, fire-safe, and (usually) warrantied for up to 50 years.

They can be manufactured to look like almost any other type of roofing material, making them a cost-effective and tempting alternative. Some of the best brands of composite shingles are so well made and make such convincing imitations that they have been approved for use with registered historical homes!

 

Metal Roofs

Metal is one of the best types of roof if you’re looking for durability and protection from the elements. Naturally resistant to water and fire damage, hail, and rot, metal roofs are also more energy-efficient than other roofing materials.

In the past, the term “metal roof” conjured up images of corrugated metal as is usually seen on barns and sheds. Now, however, metal roofs are available in an enormous selection of colors, styles, and materials to suit almost any architectural style. There’s nothing like the sound of rain on a tin roof to lull you to sleep.

If you’re looking for the best types of roof for your home, contact Reliant Roof Pros. We can walk you through your options and help you build a roof that looks amazing without stretching your budget.

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