01 Mar 2011

Differences Between Types of Roofing Material

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A house without a roof is like a person without an umbrella on a rainy day. Since your roof is important to your home, you should choose the best roofing materials that match your locality and your personal taste. Some of the things to consider are features, cost, fire retarding ability and wearability. Below are common Arizona roofing materials:

Asphalt composition shingles are perennial favorites of homeowners owing to their attractive cost, wearability and fire retarding properties. They’re easier to install than other roofing materials and are backed with a 30-year warranty (even if they last longer than 30 years). Gone are the days when only the flat 3 tab asphalt shingle was available. Now you can buy thicker and more textured asphalt composition shingles that look like other materials such as wood or slate. The thicker and more expensive roofing shingle is known as an architectural shingle. Arizona roofing should be considered as well. ┬áThe extreme heat can reduce the lifespan of asphalt shingles.

Wood shake roofing material is another favorite because of its unique look. It looks better as it ages and weathers. This happens in a mottled, variegated way that is pleasing to the eyes. This tough material can also last from 30 to 50 years if properly maintained. It usually comes from cedar while others are made from pine. Another long lasting material that is popular is metal. While metal roofing is rare in most developed countries, it is slowly gaining ground as a building material. The difficult part is finding a contractor who specializes in metal and installing the roofing. The best part is that metal roofing will last longer than asphalt composition shingles or wood shake. We’re talking about 50 to 75 years.

Slate roofing is difficult for the do-it-yourselfer to install since it’s heavy, hard to obtain and slippery. A better alternative is rubber slate or composition slate roofing material that looks like real slate without its disadvantages. With composition slate, your home can look beautiful and you’ll feel good about it too since it’s made from post-industrial synthetics or recycled material. Another option is faux slate that is one-third the weight of real slate.

Ceramic “Spanish-style” red tile roofing was once common in Southern California and Florida. Its chief advantage is its ability to resist fire. But it can be heavy and is becoming less popular nowadays. For this reason, go for other roofing materials that are fire-resistant with much less weight. One good example is the half-barrel that’s essentially a cylinder cut in half (length-wise) and about 16 inches long.

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