One of the most important parts of your home is the roof. It not only helps protect your home from the elements, but it provides an aesthetic value that can tie the whole home together. If you need to pick a new roofing material for your home, you'll definitely want to know more about your options.
The most common shingle material used is asphalt shingles, which is because of how easy and affordable they are to install. Their popularity means that manufacturers make them in a wide variety of styles and colors, so you'll be sure to find one that will look right on your home.
The biggest downside to asphalt shingles is that they lack the durability that other materials have. Asphalt shingles can potentially crack without you even realizing it, which can allow water to get inside your home. Asphalt is not an environmentally friendly material as well, which brings some concern about the waste that is generated with the asphalt shingles when they are disposed of in the future
Metal roofing is a very modern material that can be used for a home's roof, but it seems that homeowners have misconceptions about it. Metal roofing is not going to be loud like that old tin roof that is used over a barn. With proper installation and insulation, metal roofs are just as quiet as other roofing materials when it rains.
Metal roofing also offers a low-maintenance roofing solution that is fire-resistant and energy-efficient. With the right type of care, it can last a very long time as well. With that in mind, metal is a much more expensive material than asphalt shingles, so you are paying for what you get with a high-quality metal material.
A tile roof is not going to fit the aesthetics of every type of home, but it will look great on a Mediterranean-style or Spanish-style home. You are going to pay more than you would with metal for a tile roofing system, which is due to the cost of the materials and the installation. In fact, many homes will require that additional supports are installed to help with the added weight of tiles.
Once installed on your home, a tile roof is going to be extremely durable and fire-resistant and give the home a unique look that helps it stand out in a good way. Just keep in mind that a tile roof cannot easily withstand the weight of walking on it, so you do not want to accidentally damage the tiles when performing roof maintenance.
Call a roofing company to learn more about your options.