There are lots of excellent roofing materials on the market, and determining which one is best ultimately comes down to which material meets your budget, matches your tastes, and suits your home’s design. While roofing material is important, proper installation is a must. Unless you’re a professional roofer, it’s best to leave a roof replacement project to experts. Roofing projects can be dangerous, and professional roofers not only have the experience to ensure that the job is performed safely, but they also have the skill and knowledge to install your new roof so that it protects your home exactly as designed.
Because the type of roofing material you choose depends on factors such as your roof’s slope, your home’s style, and the material that’s best for your climate, roofing experts can also guide you in selecting your roofing material. Here are a few popular materials, in order of longevity and cost.
More than 70 percent of single-family homes in the United States are roofed with asphalt shingles. They are the most affordable roofing option and look good on virtually any style home. Additionally, asphalt roofing comes in a variety of shingle styles, textures, and colors, to give you design versatility. Some types of shingles are manufactured to resemble tile, wood, cedar shakes, or slate, but no matter the type, these products provide outstanding protection from the elements, as well as superb fire resistance. They’re also durable and easy to maintain, offering a long life-expectancy. While there are numerous asphalt roofing options on the market, it’s best to stick to well-known brands like Owens Corning, which offers a lifetime warranty on asphalt shingles.
Wooden Shingles and Shakes
Wood is a natural insulator, which makes wooden shingles and shakes about two times more energy efficient than asphalt shingles. While they have a longer life-span than asphalt shingles, wood shingles and shakes are prone to cracking and can be expensive to repair. Plus, if left untreated, they require frequent cleaning to prevent the growth of algae or moss.
Metal roofs can be made of steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy, and can last as long as 70 years. They also help to control energy costs by reflecting solar heat, keeping homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Metal roofs cost more than both asphalt shingles and wood roofing and are noisier when pelted by rain, although many people find that sound to be a comforting pleasure.
If you need a roof replacement project performed by proven experts, look no further than Alure Home Improvements. We offer a range of attractive and reliable roofing options from industry-leader Owens Corning. Our experienced roofing specialists can help you select shingles that suit the style and color of your home and provide it with decades of protection. To learn more about our roofing options and our renowned roofing service, contact Alure Home Improvements for a free consultation.
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