Theres a huge variety of roofing materials out there, and it can be hard to know which is most appropriate for your home. Lets look at just a few of the different options and examine the pros and cons of each.
Asphalt shingles: These are among the most popular roofing materials in the United States. Three-tab asphalt shingles are not only some of the most inexpensive options, theyre also guaranteed to last for about twenty to thirty years with regular maintenance. Theyre available in about a dozen different colors, so you have some freedom to personalize the appearance of your roof with them, too. The one obvious downside to asphalt is how common it is. If youre after a roofing material thats a little more distinctive and wont make your home blend in with the crowd quite as much, you should consider the next option on our list.
Wood shingles: These have a charming, rustic appearance that over time fades to a silvery hue with a way of blending into the surrounding landscape. Theyre made from several different species of wood, with different types of cedar being an especially popular choice. Ideal if you prioritize air circulation, or if you need to do a retrofit, there are still a couple of drawbacks. The biggest is maintenance. Wood shingles need to be washed to remove moss and lichen and periodically re-sealed with wood finish to keep them in good condition and prolong their life expectancy.
Slate shingles: Slate isnt as popularly used due to its weight. It requires a stronger roof to support it, so it isnt seen as often in modern homes. However, if you decide to go with slate, youre gaining a number of advantages. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, its also incredibly resistant to the elements, resisting rain, ice, and snow, and protecting the interior of your home from unwanted moisture. It can also be expected to last for generations longer than other materials. For this reason, its also significantly more expensive than many other types of shingles. For those who want the look of slate without paying top dollar, there are also convincing fake slate options available.
Metal: Although more popular in commercial dwellings than private residences, theres something to be said for the spare, minimalist look of a metal roof. Not only is it inexpensive, easy to install, and endowed with an especially long life expectancy, its also notable for being water-tight. A typical metal roof can be expected to last for upwards of fifty years.
There are many more options on the market today, including ceramic tiles, thatching, plastic polymers, and more, but those listed here are among the most common and available in the United States. We service the entire Dallas area including suberbs such as Richardson, Frisco and Plano. If you are in need of any of our services, please give us a call.