Selecting Roofing Materials For Your Home

Posted on: 25 October 2017

Your home is your castle, right? So when it comes to protecting it from the weather, what is the best material to do that job? There are quite a few options when it comes to roofing materials for you to choose from for your home. In some areas, there are materials that are unique to the area and there are some materials that are just starting to become more desirable in the roofing industry. Which one is right for your home? Only you can decide.

Current Preferred Materials

Probably the most used roofing material these days is asphalt shingles over a felt paper barrier on a wooden roof structure. While there is nothing wrong with this and in many cases these shingles can last for 30 years on your roof, there are some other options out there that might be worth looking into. Shingles do offer many colors and protection levels but may also require a little maintenance after a harsh winter or heavy storm. Replacing a shingle or two is pretty easy if you have some spare shingles on hand.

Regional Roofing Options

In some cases, the roofing is influenced by the area. In the Southeastern part of the country, red clay tiles are common on homes and can provide protection from the heat and weather and look very traditional to that area. In other parts of the county it is wood shingles on the roof, and of course, there is three-tab asphalt shingle. All over the country, people use different materials but most of them do the job just fine.

Corrugated Metal Roofing

As an alternative to traditional asphalt shingles, corrugated metal roofing material is making its way into the residential roofing world. The galvanized sheets of steel have been used for many years on sheds, barns and industrial buildings but in the last few years, roofing companies have been offering this material as an option for homeowners as well. The metal sheeting is very durable and long lasting, add to that the colors it is now available in and you have a durable and stylish roof for your home that you may not have to replace in your lifetime.  While it is not right for every environment, it works well in parts of the country that see a lot of snow because the snow slides off the metal roofing, reducing the load on the structure. If installed properly, the metal roofing is just as efficient when it comes to concerns about heat loss or cooling issues in the summer. While not everyone wants it on their home, it can be a great alternative for those looking for something different.  

Contact local roofing services for more information.