While many homeowners may be in a hurry to choose the roofing materials for their brand new roof installation, it is important to have a basic knowledge of all of the available options. There are many different materials available for roofing in today's market, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. Homeowners should set their budget and consider how long they want their roof to last, what type and color varieties of shingles they want and the local climate. They can then discuss these factors with their Brookline roofing contractor to determine which shingle type will fit all or most of their roofing needs.
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used on houses in North America. They offer a good balance between price and longevity. Most asphalt shingle roofs will last been 20 and 30 years and many are also warrantied for that long. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and textures. In fact, they can also be made to look like higher end shingles, such as slate or wood. They are appropriate for most climates.
Metal roofs are ideal for flat roofs or extremely steep roofs and come in either shingles or sheeting.
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Metal roofs can be made from tin, aluminum, terne, stainless steel and many other metal types. They easily shed snow or ice. Most metal roofs will have a lifespan of around 50 years. They are fire resistant and nearly wind resistant. Metal roofs can be coated or painted for aesthetics and extra protection.
Wood shakes and shingles are a popular roofing option for homeowners who want a more natural looking roof. Wood roofing materials provide good insulation and can last around 30 to 50 years. There are fire and algae concerns with wood roofing options, however, and they can be coated and sealed for fire and mold protection. Wood shakes and shingles are also available in a variety of colors, but many homeowners appreciate their weathered gray hue.
Slate tiles are the most expensive roofing option available. However, they have been known to last over 100 years, and their longevity can make the initial investment worth the extra expense. Slate tiles come in natural shades of purple, blue, brown, gray and even mottled hues. These tiles are fireproof and waterproof. One drawback to slate roofing, however, is that it is very heavy. Most roofs require extra support in order to have slate tiles. In addition, slate is very fragile and should only be installed or walked on by trained professionals.