Roofing Materials – Cover Your House With Quality and Style Without Sacrificing Future Money


The most crucial part of any home is undoubtedly the roof. Without a good solid roof up above, all of the contents and family are at risk from the elements or worst case scenario, a collapse.  It is important to inspect the roof after every winter season and before the rainy season begins.  The best method is to climb up onto the roof and walk around looking for missing shingles, soft spots, or cracks along where any skylights or vent stacks protrude from the roof.  This task is not recommended for the average homeowner, but is best left to a professional.

There are many different roofing materials that are commonly used today. The most frequently used are asphalt shingles.  The majority of shingles manufactured come with warranties of 10, 20, 25, 30 years, or lifetime depending upon the grade and model of shingle used.  It is important to differentiate the difference of warranties covering materials or installation.  Most warranties do not cover the actual workmanship of the roofing installation.  If the installers made errors while installing the shingles or roofing system, then quite commonly the standard warranty will not help with the repair costs. 

The top grade of the premium line of many shingle manufacturers’ warranty does cover all aspects of the the materials and even roofing installation.  Some major shingle manufacturers are able to do this because of a certified training program that each roofing installer is required to to pass in order to install the premium product.  With this best warranty coverage, however, does come a higher initial cost.  The higher cost may not appear to be worth the extra investment until the homeowner realizes that the potential repair and replacement costs in the future will only continue to increase.

Another roofing material more commonly used in warmer climates are roofing tiles. A variety of profiles, colors, and sizes are available depending upon the origin.  Perhaps the most widely recognized roofing tile style is the terra cotta or clay tile commonly referred to as Mexican tile or Spanish tile.  The benefits of this type of material is its strength and insulative properties.  Mexican roofing tiles have a long history of proven reliability, however, installation costs associated with clay tiles are usually higher than most other roofing materials.  The trade off is cost versus style and longevity.  It is quite common to expect clay tiles, just as slate shingles, to outlast other types of roof materials by decades provided they are maintained properly.

Other roofing materials available are wood shingles, slate tiles, aluminum and other metals, concrete fiber, and even engineered rubber or plastic.  Some of these materials are considered green and eco-friendly while others are not.  The installation and material costs vary widely as well. Depending upon the home’s architectural style and even construction, certain roofing materials will not be recommended.  Also, depending upon whether there is a housing association or other deed restriction, some materials may not be acceptable to install. 

Any roof repair or replacement is a hazardous situation.  When the time comes to repair or replace a roof, search out an experienced and professional roofer.  These companies are aware of the necessary safety precautions, permits required, and what style and materials are generally acceptable in the homeowner’s immediate locale.


Source by Daniel P Elliott