More than 70 percent of all single-family homes in the US are roofed with asphalt shingles. Asphalt (composition) shingles dominate the market because they are affordable, offer a variety of attractive options and do a great job of protecting homes from the elements.
WOOD SHINGLES AND SHAKES
Wood delivers a natural dose of beauty to any roof. Cedar and redwood contain oils that make them naturally resistant to moisture and insects and they have a Class A fire rating. They can last 5 to 10 years longer than asphalt, which makes them competitively priced with asphalt over their lifespan. Choose an experienced contractor because quality installation is crucial for durability.
If you want a stylish, eco-friendly roofing that stands up to weather better than other materials, metal is a great option. Metal has enjoyed a recent resurgence led by demand for durability, eco-friendly roofing and the introduction of new styles. New styles can mimic shingles, shakes, slate and tile with dozens of available colors. Metal maintains a 50 to 100-year roofing material with warranties of 30-50 years. Metal reflects solar radiant heat, so you can keep your home cooler and control energy costs. It’s ideal if you plan to live in your current home forever or want a roof with excellent resale value.
CLAY, CONCRETE OR COMPOSITE TILES
If a tile roof fits your home’s architectural style, strongly consider this material if it fits your budget. Clay is costlier but lasts longer than concrete roof tile. This material offers 50+ years of durability and resists fire and insects. The rich aesthetics of tile increase the curb appeal of your home.
Upscale brick and stone homes need a slate roof to make them truly special. If cost isn’t an issue, definitely choose slate. Genuine slate is a “lifetime” roof for any building and will definitely enhance the home’s resale value. Slate requires little maintenance and is a green roofing material due to its durability.
Solar panels have existed for quite some time but the green movement brought attention to these panels as a roofing option. They were often seen as bulky and unattractive until manufacturers created sleek and elegant looking versions that peaked interest. They save energy and cut utility bills.
Cool roofing systems reflect sunlight and therefore do not absorb heat, thanks to the light color and reflective paint, white glue and unique gravel mixture. The reflective surface will reduce the power consumption of your home or business due to less AC usage.
COMPOSITE OR SYNTHETIC SHINGLES
These shingles imitate wood shakes or shingles present a compromise when choosing between asphalt shingles and regular slate or shake. They have the beauty and quality of slate, but at a lower cost.
So, which roof product will you choose? From climate and durability to cost and energy efficiency, there are many roofing materials available to help you take advantage of the current trends in roofing. Williams Roofing Company has the industry experience to help guide you in making the best decisions for your home.