As well as finding the right roofers, getting a new roof can involve a choice of materials that can vary in look, performance and sustainability. Whether you are doing a repair or putting a new roof on a home, it helps to know what the choice of materials are before your roofers are chosen and they begin the work. The right roofing service will know how to work with the material of your choice. Here are five common roofing materials.
As the least expensive of materials, they are available in a large range of colours and can last from 20 to 25 years. For those on a budget, asphalt is a great choice. They can also make use of fiberglass as reinforcement without the appearance changing. This type of roofing looks well on traditional suburban homes and a plethora of other architectural styles.
2. Wood Shingles
Adding beauty of a natural kind, wood shingles bring the landscape to your home. Varieties include Western Red Cedar, Eastern White Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and more. This type of shingle provides a more rustic look. Class A fire-rated wood roofing should be chosen if your live in an area where fires may happen; this type of shingle is coated to be fire-resistant.
3. Wood Shakes
Both wood shingles and shakes weather over time. They are not the best choice for wet climates, as they can split, rot or mold. However, they bring a beauty that looks well on cottages, bungalows, Tudor-style, Cape Cod and Craftsman style homes.
4. Clay and Concrete tiles
Adding texture as well as elegance to your roof, these heavy times must be installed by professional roofers. Less expensive than clay, concrete tiling is also heavy. Both these types of roofing are long-lasting and beautiful and are energy efficient. They add Mediterranean and Spanish appeal to a home’s appearance.
With a look of elegance, slate roofing comes in a variety of colours, including green, grey, red, black and purple. It is a fire-resistant material and is sustainable; slate can be recycled after use. Colonial-style, French and European as well as Chateau homes can all take advantage of slate for roofing.
A host of synthetic materials are also available. Metal is another choice for a modern and futuristic look. Toronto roofers that are skilled and professional will do a great job, no matter which material is chosen for the design and appearance of your roof.