Eventually, asphalt shingles need to be replaced, and you may be considering alternatives for new roofing installation. These alternatives can be metal roofs or more modern synthetic materials. You may want to work with a roofing contractor to choose the best alternatives for the needs of your home. The following options are some of the solutions you can discuss with your roofing contractor:
The most popular asphalt shingle alternative is metal roofing. When you choose metal, you have a lot of options for the type of materials and design for the design of your home. If you want to have more of a shingle-like look, stamped tiles are the best option. There are also conventional panels and standing seam metal roofing systems that can give you a metal look. Metal roofing systems are also great for roof-over projects. These are projects where existing roofing is left in place, and a new roof is installed over the shingles.
There are also natural wood shake materials that can be used to replace your shingles. These materials are often cedar or white oak. These woods are naturally resistant to weathering and will last for generations with the right care and a few minor repairs. In addition to the natural wood shakes, there are also options for pressure-treated materials with various treatments. There are also synthetic roofing products that are designed to resemble wood shakes.
Today, various types of synthetic building materials can be used for roofs and other finishes on your home. One of these options is synthetic tile materials. These synthetic tiles are designed to be lighter than concrete or clay but more durable than conventional asphalt shingles. Synthetic tile roofing is also a green solution and more resistant to issues with storm or wind damage.
Roof Coatings (replacement alternative)
In addition to replacements, there are also options like roof coatings. A roof coating is a great alternative to a completely new roof installation because it can extend worn shingles' lives. Another great thing about roof coatings is that they can be used with new or old roofs. A roof coating on new roofs will provide extra protection against wear and damage. They can also prevent a lot of the common damage with conventional asphalt shingle roofing.
The asphalt shingles on your home may not be the right materials for your roof. Contact a roofing contractor and ask about some of these alternatives.