Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material because they are inexpensive and the most durable. Although they will hold up against rough Oklahoma weather, the asphalt granules used to make them don’t last long and are harmful to the environment. You may want to invest in a longer lasting, more environmentally friendly roof.
Fiberglass shingles are similar to asphalt, except the felt base used in asphalt shingles is replaced with inorganic fiberglass, which makes them extremely durable and resistant to fire and rot. They are relatively inexpensive, however, the environmental impact is high, so consider other materials if you’re looking for a green-friendly house.
Any Oklahoma roofer will tell you that tile is the roofing material that will last the longest with the least amount of maintenance. Both clay and concrete tiles are very durable, fire and rot resistant, and come in different colors. Tile roofs require little maintenance, but installation is difficult and should only be done by a professional. Tiles are also very heavy, so they should be used on buildings or homes with good structural integrity. A tile roof is perfect for an Oklahoma home if you can afford it.
Slate is another long lasting, durable material, but its weight is a major downfall. Also, slate can’t withstand very much weight, so heavy snow or ice could cause the roof to crack. Homeowners should be prepared to perform frequent maintenance and cleaning on slate roofs.
Wood shakes are usually made out of cedar and must be professionally installed and well-maintained if you want them to last. Shakes provide good insulation, but are susceptible to decay and fire, and generally more expensive than other materials. Unless you plan on spending a great deal of time treating and maintaining your roof, cedar shakes may not the best choice for you.
Like slate and tile, metal roofing is unparalleled in its ability to stand up to the elements. Metal roofing also comes in a large number of styles and colors, making it a versatile roofing choice.
Flat roofs are very common for warehouse-type commercial structures. The main drawback is the tendency to pool water, so when looking for an Oklahoma roofing company, make sure you find one that knows the rain patterns and installs your roof accordingly.
Composition roofs are commonly found on retail stores, banks, and other high-end business structures. They are more attractive than a flat or metal roof and, if properly installed, provide great protection against the weather.
Research different roofing professionals, compare rates and products, and read reviews from past clients. It’s a little extra work, but choosing an Oklahoma roofer you can trust will save you time and money in the long run.