There are plenty of roofing types on the market today. The two basic ones are metal and asphalt shingles, but there are plenty of other roofing types as well. Here are some types and their advantages and disadvantages of each. There is an extended piece on metal roofing, so pay particular attention to that.
CONCRETE – Storms, fires and natural elements are no match for concrete. Sadly, it is heavy and needs a solid foundation before using. It also is one of the most expensive roofing materials.
WOOD – Lightweight and good against rain. Wood burns. This should be enough reason as to why a wooden roof can be a serious disadvantage.
ASPHALT – The most common roofing material. The small granules on the shingle protect against ultraviolet light. When these wear, and they will, it is time to replace the roof.
CLAY – Clay is much like concrete. It is often in tile and is seen in Southwestern style and Asian style homes. They are great against fire and storms, but like the cousin concrete, very heavy and needs extra support.
METAL – Metal roofs are fast making more and more appearances on homes. They can take the elements and are not heavy. It can easily match a home design and shape of a roof. Metal comes in many different colors and sizes, so finding the correct metal roof is very quick and easy. Metal is also cost efficient. The lightweight of metal means installation is simple and can be done by as few as two men. Lastly, the recyclable makeup of metal means it can be cheaper than some other materials commercially available, making metal the best decision for a new home roof.
If you are interested in a shingle, metal or other sort of roof, we at Drew’s Roofing and Home Repair would love to have the opportunity to talk to you about your many different options available. Contact us so we can work up a plan for you and your home or business.