New Roof Can Change Look & Functionality Of A House
March 10, 2017
When renovating a home, homeowners may not give ample thought to the roof unless there is a leak or another sign of damage.
However, the right roof can improve the appearance of a home and provide protection against the elements, potentially preventing damage to a home's interior as well.
Work with an experienced roofing contractor to learn about options and to shed light on special installation or maintenance issues to consider.
The following are some roofing materials for consideration:
• Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material and are guaranteed for 20 to 30 years.
• Wood shingles and shakes: Wood shingles are sawn from logs and are thin, while shakes are thick, rough and formed by being split from logs. Wood roofs may require more money to install and more effort to maintain than other roofs.
• Clay or concrete tiles are very durable and quite heavy, so they must be installed by a professional. Their long-lasting nature can help offset the price tag.
• Metal: Metal roofs are usually made from fully recyclable steel, aluminum or alloy, making them an eco-friendly choice. Metal roofs also reflect the sun's rays and can be an energy-efficient option in hot climates.
• Slate: One of the longest-lasting materials available and is fireproof. It can be cost-prohibitive because its delicacy and weight requires extra roofing support and professional installation.