Latest innovations in roofing materials

If you are in the market for a new roof, either because your old one needs to be replaced or because you are building a new home, there are plenty of options to consider.  However, do not forget to take into account your budget, the style of the home where the roof will be placed, and the climate of the area wherein the house has been or will be built.
  • Asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing  This is due to the fact that they are easy to install, relatively cheap to make and available pretty much everywhere.  In addition, they come in a wide variety of colors and styles so homeowners can find one that complements their home, regardless of its style.  A roof made of asphalt shingles has been known to last over 30 years.
  • Wood shingles and shakes. Wood shingles and shakes are popular roofing materials with people who want their home to have a historical look.  Wood shingles are machine cut and tapered in order to give the home they are on a crisp look.  Wood shakes are hand cut, making them give the house a more rustic look.
  • Slate may be costly to install through your roofing contractor, but it is worth it, because once it is on, it requires very little maintenance or upkeep.  Furthermore, it will not burn, is completely waterproof, and comes in a variety of colors.  It has a look like no other.
  • Tile roofs have been around for centuries.  They interlock during installation and are durable.  However, they are heavy.  Therefore, you need to have your home inspected by a structural engineer to ensure your home can handle the weight before installation can begin.
  • Composite shingles. Composite shingles are made of poly based products and give the look of slate, tile, or wood without the price.  In addition, they are waterproof, fade proof, and fire safe.  A roof made up of composite shingles can last over 50 years.
  • Metal roofs hold up under most weather conditions as well as fire, do not rot and are energy efficient.  There are numerous styles to choose from if you decide to put a metal roof on your home.
  • “Green” roofing. Green roofs are made up of the native vegetation for the area wherein the home is located.  Going green ensures better insulation, reduced runoff, and an extended roof life, over traditional roofing materials.  However, in order to pull it off you will need a waterproofing membrane to protect the roof, and depending on the slope, a root barrier, and irrigation system.
  It is best to ask your roofing contractor what would work best to keep your home safe while still looking good.  Also, remember to get recommendations, referrals and license numbers from the company you plan to hire to install your new roof.  This will ensure that the work is done well and is up to code.