What Are The Most Common Roofing Types?


Roofs come in a wide variety of style and type. Types of roofing vary from one place or region to another. This is partly because of aesthetic reasons and partly because of factors of functionality. Roofs protect houses from different weather conditions and are often made of different types of materials. Choosing the right material for roof is one of the main considerations to be made by a roofing contractor during a home improvement project. He should take into consideration the area you live in and its weather conditions and climate all the year round for deciding the right kind of material for roofing. Here is a short list of the different types of roofing that are used in today’s homes:

Asphalt Shingles: These types of roofing are most commonly found in North America but, are sparingly used in many other parts of the world. The roofing felt used in creating this type of roofs are saturated with mineral granules and asphalt.

Metal Roofs: Different types of metals, sometimes an amalgamation is used for making roofs on every type of masonry structures – from churches to tin sheds. There are less chances of damage in metal roofs. Therefore, once installed it reduces the need to call for a roofing contractor often. Metal roofs can be painted too. However, once there are signs of rust or damage, it is potentially dangerous to take on the task of mending the roof. It is therefore advised that you should call for expert roofing contractor.

Wood Shingles: Wood shingles are durable and attractive, but, you should make it a point to treat the wooden structures with preservatives at least every five years. You can use wood shakes too for making the roofing. However do not try to treat wood by yourself, an expert would do it effectively and efficiently.

Slate Shingles: This material is most commonly used all over the US. However, it is important to fix the shingles of slates well by taking help from a roofing contractor, to make the slate shingles last longer un-destructed. However, it is a bit more expensive that other forms of roofing. But, you need not worry as there are many home improvement service providers who could offer competitive rates for the same.

Clay Tiles: It has an altogether different appearance. Such types of roofs are weather-proof, fireproof, and are durable for years once installed properly.

Apart from the ones discussed above, there are other types of roofing too. However, as the most important consideration are the climate and the weather conditions, the primary factor for these roofing to lasts longer is proper installation.


Source by Alice M Shown