The Benefits of Different Roofing Materials From Liberty Restoration
When it comes time to choose the roofing material for your home, either new or replacement, it can be difficult to compare the options. At Liberty Restoration, we have experience in all types of residential roofing, so we’ve put together a list of the pros and cons of the various types to help you make your choice:
- Composition (Asphalt) Shingles
One of the most popular choices on the market, composition shingles (commonly known as asphalt shingles) have many great advantages that make them a smart choice for many homes. There are also a few drawbacks that mean they’re not always the best choice.
- Relatively inexpensive and available in a range of prices
- Many colors, styles and types available
- Easy to repair in case of damage
- Shorter lifespan than many other roofing options
- Can encourage moss and mildew growth in damp areas
- Subject to warping and curling in hot climates
- Wood Shingles or Shakes
Wooden shakes have been around for hundreds of years, first seeing use on settler’s log cabins. Today modern shakes are a popular choice for those looking for a natural, timeless look that distinguishes itself from modern, sterile homes. They can last a long time, but the maintenance required can be a turn-off for some homeowners.
- Can offer additional insulation
- Easy to repair or replace in case of damage
- Natural appearance that blends well into any setting
- Requires significant maintenance to make them last
- Can split and rot, also subject to mold and mildew
- Relatively high cost due to labor-intensive installation
- Clay or Concrete Tiles
In recent years, clay tiles have gained in popularity all over the country. Previously seen mostly in the south, these Mediterranean-style tiles are now available in a wide range of styles and colors. The hard, brittle nature of clay and concrete tiles means they’re not suitable for all homes and locations, however.
- Extremely durable in most situations and conditions
- High resistance to fire (non-combustible)
- Little to no maintenance required
- Considerably more expensive to install than composite shingles
- Heavy weight makes them unsuitable for some older structures
- Fragile under heavy loads (like walking on the roof)
- Slate Tiles
If you want your house to look like a fairytale castle, then slate tiles are the way to go! Slate tiles can be used to make a simple, clean roof or an elaborate, intricate design, depending on your preference. Unfortunately, the high price and complexity of slate tiles makes them prohibitive to some budgets.
- Delicate in appearance but long-lasting with proper maintenance
- Fireproof and also resist humidity and mildew well
- Less common than other choices for a unique, upscale look
- Among the most expensive roofing choices (purchase and installation)
- Heavy weight, so often requires additional support for older homes
- Fragile against impacts and heavy loads (like a person walking across)
- Metal Sheeting or Shingles
Metal sheeting was once seen only on commercial and industrial buildings, but in recent years, it has gained popularity on private homes. Elaborate sheeting designs and tile shapes mean you can have an attractive yet longwearing roof, though metal roofs are not suitable to all types of homes.
- Can be made to mimic other roofing materials for great style flexibility
- Extremely long life span (up to 50 years in many cases)
- Installation often possible over an existing roof
- Can be complex to install, especially with large sheets
- Highest quality metal roofing is generally expensive
- Periodic painting may be required to keep your roof looking good
These are the most popular choices in roofing materials you’ll find on the market today. At Liberty Restoration, we have the knowledge and know-how to help you choose and install your roof. Call us today or contact us online, and we can get started working together on your residential roofing project.