Top 3 Types Of Roofing Materials For Your New Roof

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With so many different types of shingles available today that it’s hard to know which to choose. Here’s 3 of the top materials most commonly used in roofing today.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most widely used roofing covers because they are generally inexpensive and pretty easy to install. Asphalt shingles are known to last longer in cooler climates than warmer ones. Thermal shock (when the temperature changes dramatically in a short amount of time) is one of the things that can damage this type of roof. The protective function of asphalt shingles comes from the long chain hydrocarbons impregnating the paper. Over years and years in the hot sun, the materials soften and are washed away with rain, eventually all of the oil drains off and the nail head is visible above the shingle. Once the nail is exposed, the water running down the roof can seep into the building around the nail head. If this happens, the roof will start rotting and causing moisture damage to the ceiling inside.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs, often referred to as a tin roof are generally cheap and long lasting. This type usually ranges from low end metal material to galvanized steel. Metal roofs are usually used to cover large buildings because of their strength to weight radio. There are several advantages to using metal roofing for your home or business, it’s light weight, portable, durable, fire and spark resistant, hail resistant, wind resistant, and even snow shedding. Of course, everything has it’s downsides as well. Some of the disadvantages of metal roofing include making strange noises at certain temperatures, the expensive price tag, and usually not locally available. If you choose to go with metal roofing, you need to hire a professional to install it to avoid leaking problems.

Wood Shingles

Let me start by saying that wooden shingles are absolutely beautiful. This roofing material is a classic and after weathering ends up being a beautiful gray silver color. Wood shingles are light weight and made with simple tools. In addition, wood shingles can easily last over 30 years with the proper installation. Wood shingles do however have some disadvantages as well, including not being fireproof, expensive to get installed and requires maintenance, such as power spraying to remove any mildew and then applying new oil. If you end up going with a wooden roof, make sure the company to hire is knowledge about the installation.

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Source by John E Bennett