Imagine this, your roof has just been adequately inspected, and you have discovered that your roof needs replaced. There are many different types of materials out there for homeowners to choose from and the decision can be a little overwhelming. Many questions begin to fill your head like which ones are better for return on investment? Which style would be best for our forever home? The real answer to these questions depends on the style of your home, the price point, and the climate where you live.
Let’s go ahead and dig into some of the most popular shingle options available.
Asphalt shingles– The most common in the United States since they are easy to install and they are reasonably priced. Many manufacturers also reinforce the asphalt shingles with fiberglass or even an organic material to help give the shingle more durability and also help add some resistance to the heat. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles to meet your personal preference.
Clay Tiles- This style of roof is spotted on top of a European style home. Clay tiles also referred to as Spanish tiles which come flat, rigged or even rounded. The lifespan of clay tiles is relatively long and are also very stylish, but they are on the more expensive side.
Metal- Aluminum or metal roofing has become quite popular in the last decade.The reason for the popularity is the fact that metal roofs are very appealing to the eye. Metal roofs are also applied in large sheets of paneling and can go up rather quickly which makes them more budget friendly. The other selling point is the fact that they are low maintenance which is quite attractive to most homeowners.
Wood shingles or shakes- Another common type of roofing material is the wood shingles and shakes that come from cedar pines or redwood trees. This style also gives a cabin or home an overall more natural feel. Cedar shakes or shingles must also have a fire retardant protective barrier which can be applied directly to the wood for added protection. While the look of a wood roof is more appealing, warning because it also comes with a higher amount of maintenance and at a higher cost.
Synthetic- Synthetic roofs are made out of recycled materials such as plastic or rubber. This specific style has been around since the early 1990s. What is excellent about synthetic shingles is that most manufacturers can manipulate the product into looking like clay tiles or even the wood shingles at a much lower price point.
I hope that this helped in narrowing down the many options you have to choose from as a homeowner. If you have any further questions or if you have already decided on which type of roof material you would like, then fill out one of our consultation forms to begin your project with Hatch Homes today!