• Selecting The Right Roofing Material Is Extremely Important. Which One You Choose Will Be Determined By a Multitude Of Factors. Read Here For Important Information About Roofs

    There are so many materials to choose from when deciding to re-build, or build a roof. There are wood, asphalt, and composite singles, along with slate, concrete, and clay tiles. Many people choose a material based on aesthetics, which, is not what you should solely use to base your decision on. You must also factor in the cost, the weight of the material, and how they will be installed. These things will affect the material that you choose. Here is some information that you should know when it comes to building your roof. Charleston_historic_home

    Cost: You must consider the condition of the current roof (if you are rebuilding). If you are, you have to check to see if the structure needs to be repaired and that will cost a lot of money, as you’re literally stripping off material. Roof shape also makes a difference; for example, a house with many chimneys or skylights, will cost more to repair as it is more labor intensive to work around these areas and cut and fit the squares just right.

    Materials: You must accept that the material you want, may not be an options. For example, a flat roof calls for surfaces different than a roof that has a steeper pitch. Certain materials such as slate and tile are heavier than the other options, and some structures may not be able to carry the weight needed.

    Asphalt Shingle. These are the most commonly used of all roof materials. They are the least expensive. They are made a fiberglass medium. There are two configurations; the standard single-thickness variety and thicker, laminated products.

    Wood. Wood was the main choice for centuries, and it’s still a good option, though in some areas fire codes forbid its use. Usually made of cedar, redwood, or southern pine, shingles are sawn or split; they usually cost 2x as much as asphalt shinglesdesigner-style-shingles-lg.jpg.html

    Metal. Aluminum, steel, copper, copper-and-asphalt, and lead are all durable surfaces. However, they are also very expensive. Lead and the copper/asphalt varieties are typically installed as shingles.

    Tile and Cement. The half cylinders of tile roofing are common on Spanish Colonial and Mission styles. All are expensive, very durable, and tend to be very heavy.

    Slate. Slate is among the most durable of all roofing materials. Not all slate is the same; but it lasts for quite some time. 100 year old slate, for example, is recycled for reinstallation, with the expectation it will last another century. It is very heavy, and also very expensive. Failure_of_asphalt_shingles_allowing_roof_leakage

    While you may be overwhelmed by the options, be aware that they will become shorter and shorter depending on your roof. You’ll be able to narrow it down to just a few options which will be less stressful. In conclusion, be sure to think about the cost, color, texture, weight, and durability.



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    2 thoughts on “Selecting The Right Roofing Material Is Extremely Important. Which One You Choose Will Be Determined By a Multitude Of Factors. Read Here For Important Information About Roofs

    • Tom says:

      The builder told me that slate would be one of my few options, but I really don’t like it. What can I do?

      • Larry Campbell says:

        Hi. Well..unfortunately you are going to have to listen to your contractor. They know what they are talking about, for the most part. You can get a second opinion, but he has no reason to mislead you.

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