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Choosing Different Types of Roofing Materials

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ID:	10169Once you have decided to have roof installation, the next thing to consider is the roofing material on top of your home.

But while that part is vital and makes your home more aesthetically pleasing, the roofing system beneath is also an important functional component of the roof.

This article will explain the different roofing materials available and help you find the proper roof for you home.

Types of roofing materials

Depending on your needs, you need to look at the following aspects: fire ratings, warranty protections, durability, and weight. Other aspects to consider are:

Roofing felt is primarily used to protect your roofing system and home from atmospheric conditions. It is also used to waterproof your roof.

Underlayment helps insure durability to your roof. It protects your roof from wind driven rain and ice dams.

Ventilation though not a material plays a vital role in making sure your roof is balancing warm air and cool air. It gives longevity to the entire roof by preventing cracking and premature aging.

There are plenty of different materials for the top layer of your roofing system.

Wood Shake: Considered a museum piece by most roofing experts in modern times. It is not recommended, as it is a fire hazard. It dries and cracks easily and is illegal in many states.

Asphalt Shingle: This material is usually known as composition. Your out of pocket costs are pretty low for this material. The setback, however, is that it does not have the durability though for long-term use. If you’re looking to re-roof your house only one time, this material is not for you. A lot of people like the way it looks, but it will not stand the test of time.

Metal: Can give your roof an industrial look. With special underlayment, this material can achieve a class a fire rating which is exactly what most want. Aluminum roofs cannot achieve this rating, so metal is usually preferred. You do have to worry about metal roofs denting though.

Lightweight Concrete Tile: Is an excellent choice because it cannot burn, lasts almost forever, and comes in almost every color and texture. Another plus is that it is lightweight and for most homes, it does not require structure reinforcement. It is the most durable material and can be altered to look like slate, wood shake, split shake, natural clay, and plenty of others.

Architectural Shingles: Very similar to concrete and are used for larger properties primarily, but smaller properties are not ruled out. Large mansions, churches and museums will have architectural shingles installed.

Written by Enrich Construction, the best service for roofing in Columbia, MO .

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  1. eligoldman's Avatar
    Aspha;lt shingle can save a lot instead to Metal Roofing is costly.First i have installed Asphalt single after five years when it need to be replaced.Then Roofing Contractor has suggested me to install metal one and i have realized then asphalt cost less as compared to the metal roofing.But each one has their own advantages and disadvantages so cost doesn't matter.
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