Types of roof materials

Types of roof materials

The roof of your home is arguably the most important for countless reasons. It provides protection from the elements, keeps your home warm, and protects your home’s structure, among other things. The roof is also, arguably, what can boost your home’s value the most–so a quality, well-maintained roof is essential. However, there are many different types of roof materials on the market, so knowing what to choose can be hard.

 

Roofing materials

Asphalt roofing shingles

Asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass sandwiched between asphalt and ceramic granules. The fiberglass provides strength, while the asphalt, often mixed with minerals, is waterproof. The ceramic granules give shingles their color and also help deflect UV light, which has damaging effects. Relatively lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to install, asphalt shingles are the best choice for most houses. They come in sheets that are layered on a roof to give the illusion of more expensive single shingles, such as cedar and slate, that are installed one shingle at a time. Asphalt shingles fall into three basic categories. Standard, entry-level three-tab shingles are the cheapest and thinnest. Architectural shingles are a step up from three-tab shingles. They’re slightly thicker and made to resemble more expensive wood shakes.

Solar roof tiles

Advanced solar collectors integrate seamlessly into existing shingles, generating 13-63 watts of energy per tile. They’re particularly good for sunny roofs in homeowners’ associations that forbid typical solar panels. While they may help offset energy costs with solar power, they also cost more than traditional solar options.

Stone-coated steel

Interlocking tiles mimic slate, clay, or shingles and resist damage caused by heavy rains (up to 8.8 inches per hour), winds of 120 miles per hour, and uplifting, hail, and freeze-thaw cycles. Consequently, they’re an economical, effective choice for wet, windy regions or areas prone to wildfires.

Metal roof shingles

Metal roof shingles — commonly called standing seam metal roofing — can be made of various metals; aluminum, copper, and steel roofing are the most common. The shape of the corrugated metal can be customized for a more unique look, and different color options are also available. Prices range depending on the type of metal.

Metal roof shingles can last for up to fifty years and are an energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, and stylish roofing choice. This roofing is low-maintenance as long as it is properly installed. Metal roofing reflects heat, which helps keep your home cooler.

Slate

Slate roofing material.

Whether tiles or shingles, there is no denying the popularity of slate as one of the natural types of roof materials for homes. It is beautiful, incredibly durable, and can last for a very long time.

Clay tiles

Clay tiles are another natural roofing option, made from earthen clay and molded and fired for durability. It is a great option for homes in hot climates, making them popular in southern coastal and desert regions. They also absorb less moisture, meaning they require less maintenance.

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