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What Type of Roofing Materials are There?

What Type of Roofing Materials are There?

What do you look for in a roof? Does it need to resist heat well? Or does it need to keep your home warm and protect it from winds? How about protecting it from fires? Does it need to be eco-friendly?

The type of roofing and various materials used to create the shingles can determine all of this. And if you’re looking to install a new roof on your home, here are the types of roofing available to you.

Composite Roofing

Composite roofing, also known as engineered roofing or simulated slate, simulates typical slate or shake roofing types. This roofing is usually made from reclaimed construction materials and come in many different shapes, styles, and colors.

The main advantage of composite roofing is that it can last up to 50 years. It also a more affordable option than concrete tiles or slate, which makes it extremely cost-efficient in comparison to other materials.

Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofs are composed of rubber shingles made to resemble asphalt shingles. They come in a variety of shapes, but the most usual are similar to wood shakes and slate tiles.

The rubber used to make these shingles is recycled tires, which makes them very eco-friendly. Also, rubber roofing is low maintenance, easy to install, and can resist staining and algae growth which makes it highly durable as well.

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt profiles are the most versatile, widely-available and popular types of roofing. Asphalt shingles come in many styles and colors, and because of their availability are extremely easy to repair or replace.

It’s the most inexpensive and cost-efficient types of roofing since it is fire resistant, and protects the property reasonably well against high wind impact. However, with asphalt roofing, you always have the option to reinforce it with fiberglass or organic materials.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are most common in warmer climates like California and New Mexico, due to their high heat resistant properties. A metal roof is usually composed of multiple metal panels made from steel, zinc, aluminum, or copper alloy.

Because it’s made from metal the roofs are highly durable, fire and heat resistant and can easily be recycled. Additionally, it is also the reason why metal panel slate profiles – metal panels shaped to look like wood shakes or tiles – are becoming more popular.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing is very reliable, long-lasting and both wind and fire resistant, but it’s also among the most expensive options available to you. That’s because slate shingles are created using slate rock, and only highly skilled and certified professionals can install this type of roofing.

But since it’s made from rock, slate shingles offer the best protection against weather. Even as they age, the roofing isn’t vulnerable to leakage. Moreover, it never curls, buckles or blisters, which means they can last up to 50 years.

Wooden Shingles and Shakes

Wood shingles and shakes is a traditional roofing material. Usually, rot-resistant timber is used to make them, like cedar or redwood, coated in weather and moisture resistant chemical solutions.

The most significant benefit of wooden roofs is their high wind resistance. The downside is their poor fire resistance, which means they need a fire retardant coating.

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