The roofing that you have on your house will depend on the area in which your house is located. If, for example, you happen to live in a southern state where it is warm all of the time, you will want to have clay or slate tiles for your roof. These hold up much better in hot weather and can take a beating from storms much better than ordinary shingles.
Slate roofs are among the best types of roofs to have and usually end up costing quite a bit of money, but they do make a dramatic difference in your home. You can choose from many different varieties of slate roofs today. Expect to pay more for this type of roof, but it will add to the value of your home.
Clay roofs are also very popular in areas such as California, Florida, Nevada and other warm states. They hold up very well in the hot weather and also look attractive. You will not see ordinary shingle made from composite materials in these states as they would melt in the hot sun and not work well with the roof.
Tile roofs are also very well liked in hot states. Tile roofs can be seen in the Southwest areas as well as in some upscale neighborhoods all over the United States. They have a remarkable endurance when it comes to withstanding bad weather.
Wood shingles are created for more traditional style homes. They are made from treated wood and hold up in four season states where the weather does not get to the extreme. They are very attractive and many people are choosing wooden shingles today for their homes.
Most people, however, have shingles that are made of a composite of tar and sheet rock. There are different quality types of these shingles. Hallmark shingles look almost like a slate roof and are the top of the line when it comes to ordinary roof shingles. Hallmark shingles will generally cost you more money, but will add to the appeal of the home.
Ordinary shingles are what most people will get when they order a roof. These are put over tar paper and then nailed into the roof. The roof is made of wood and then covered with tar paper. After that come the shingles. The shingles overlap so that no water gets in to leak into the roof. Every 10 years or so, you should get a new roof. You can put shingles on top of an old roof up to three times, but after that, you must remove the shingles and put on an entire new roof. This may end up costing $30,000.
For this reason, many people choose to use roofing that will last a lifetime such as clay, tile or slate roof shingles.