There are many roofing options to choose from. Each is made from its own material and comes with its own benefits, disadvantages, lifespan, and look. When deciding on the right roofing, these are the following factors you should consider:
- Durability and longevity
Certain types of roofing may be better suited for your home as factors like the slope of the roof and strength of the framing could dictate your choices. And a home in areas that are prone to hurricanes or wildfires will require a roof with high fire rating or can withstand strong winds.
Ventilation and insulation are also key. Without it, heat and moisture can build up in the attic and cause rafters and sheathing to rot, shingles to buckle, and insulation to lose its effectiveness. The free flow of air is also essential as it protects your home from heat gain or loss and stops moisture from settling.
Here’s what to look for when selecting the perfect roofing system for your home:
Asphalt roofs are the most common type of roof for residential properties. Their costs range from inexpensive to moderate. Asphalt systems provide advanced protection from elements such as fire and have reasonable resistance to wind impact. They can be further reinforced with organic or fiberglass materials.
Rubber roofs are made from rubber that is formed into shingles to look very similar to asphalt shingles that are typical in most homes today. Rubber roof shingles also mimic wood shakes and slate tiles.
They’re actually made from recycled tires, making them a good choice for the environmental friendly who practice sustainability. The roof type is simple to install and requires minimal maintenance. Rubber shingles are also resistant to staining and algae growth, which means your roof with look new for years to come.
Wood Shingles and Shake Roofs
Wood shingles and shake roofs are commonly made of cedar but are also made of other rot-resistant woods such as redwood. They offer good wind resistance but poor fire resistance. However, they can be treated with a fire retardant.
Slate roofs are very durable and resist both wind and fire. However, they are quite expensive. They also require specially trained workers to install them. Because they are made from natural slate rock, they can last for up to 50 years. Slate shingles are also not susceptible to leaks even as they age. Roofs with slate shingles are known to retain their original shingles through their lifetime.
Metal roofs may be composed of steel, zinc, aluminum, or copper alloy and can come with either a zinc coating or painted finish. They may be manufactured from recycled materials and can be recycled when replaced. They absorb a third less heat than asphalt. Their durability depends on the metal material used. They may be more expensive than asphalt, but they also last longer and are more wind resistant.
Tile roofs are known for their durability and have observed to last up to 80 years and more. They offer excellent fire resistance. They are also available in a wide variety of colors and finishes. And in the case of a damaged shingle, they are fairly easy to replace. However, tile roofs are heavy, and you will need to ensure your home’s structure can carry its weight load.
At 1-800-HANSONS we pride ourselves on presenting the best roofing for the states of Michigan and Ohio. If you suspect that you need a roof replacement, we’ll be happy to inspect it.
We’ve been able to pioneer the industry’s ONLY lifetime “No Leak Guarantee” – ensuring that a roof from 1-800-HANSONS will be the last roof you will ever buy.