Which Material Should I Choose for My New Roof?

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Which Material Should I Choose for My New Roof?

by ICC on March 28, 2020
March 28, 2020 / by / in

If you think carefully, when was the last time you replaced your roof? Most people have probably never replaced a roof, and if you have, you might need to do it again. Roofs need replacing every fifteen to fifty years.

The lifespan of your roof depends on the material used to construct the roof, as well as climate. If you are in areas with extreme heat, cold, or humidity, you might need to replace your roof more frequently.

If you are not sure whether your roof needs replacing, it is important to hire a roof inspector annually who can assess the condition of the roof. Once you know when to replace your roof, you need to choose a roofing material.

Wood shakes

Wood shakes are typically made out of cedar and provide a unique aesthetic to the home’s appearance. While wood shakes can add value, longevity and durability to your roof, it is important to sue them in the right setting. 

Cedar shakes are natural insulators and can protect against insects. They typically last twenty to thirty years if they are maintained well enough.

However, since shakes are made out of wood, they tend to be a fire hazard. As a result, many insurance companies will raise your premiums when you install wood shakes. 

That being said, it is possible for wood shakes to be treated, so they become fire retardant. You also need to choose shakes that are treated with chromated copper arsenate to protect against mold and fungus.

Metal roofing

Metal roofing has an extended life expectancy of approximately twenty to fifty years. When installed and maintained properly, metal roofing seals out water, survives strong winds, and easily sheds snow. It is also resistant to fire rot, mold, and insects. The material is lightweight, and its metallic surface reflects sunlight, resulting in a cooler interior.

However, metal roofing can be expensive to install. Despite this, its durability means that you save in the long run. The metal may amplify noise such as rainfall, making it difficult to communicate during storms. 

It is also highly likely to dent in the case of hail storms or debris falling on the roof. If you are considering metal roofing, Austin roofing can provide you with a professional roofing service.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are extremely common across North America as a result of their affordability. When properly installed and maintained, asphalt shingles have a twelve to seventeen-year life span. 

While this is short compared to other options, the shingles are so cost-effective that the shortened life span doesn’t seem to matter. The shingles are also available in a variety of styles and colors, and they are easy to install.

However, if you live in an extremely hot climate, asphalt shingles may not be suitable. Asphalt shingles tend to crack when exposed to high temperatures, significantly shortening their life span. 

Furthermore, the manufacturing process of asphalt shingles produces a large amount of greenhouse gasses, which means they are not environmentally friendly.

Tile roofing

Clay tile roofing can last one hundred years if it is installed and maintained in the correct way. It is also beautiful, though it tends to be heavy. Tiles are also resistant to mold and rot, as well as insect attacks. 

Most tiles are made from earth compounds such as clay, making them environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. Tiles also require very little maintenance and leaks are easy to repair.

However, it should be noted that tile roofs come at a high cost. This high cost is offset by the tile’s longevity, but the initial layout may be off-putting. Further, the tiles require professional installation, as they can be difficult to install correctly. Finally, the tiles may break very easily if a tree falls on them or if there is a strong hail storm.