Someone told us a joke about a new roof, but it was over our heads. Now that we’ve gotten that terrible joke out of the way, let’s get serious about roofing. Your home’s first defense against the elements, your roof is a pretty important part of your home. Its condition can affect your home’s value, insulative quality, and appearance.
Choices in material range from traditional wood or asphalt to stylish clay tile, to eco-friendly rubber or imitation slate. But how do these materials compare in cost, durability, maintenance, and quality? And how do you pick the best material for your home’s location, climate, and style? Read on to find out everything you need to know about roofing.
We’ll start with one of the most popular materials in roofing: asphalt. Affordable, easy to install, and available in a variety of styles that can resemble tile or slate, it’s no wonder asphalt is so widely used. Expect a manufacturer warranty that guarantees a lifespan of between 15 and 30 years if you go with asphalt roofing.
If you’ve spent time in the Southwest US or the Mediterranean region, you probably noticed all the homes with orange-ish or brown tile roofs. These can be made from either clay or concrete, with clay being better when it comes to durability and color fading. Concrete is the less-expensive option here, but both require a structural engineer to visit your home and decide whether your roof framing is able to support the weight of tile.
Modern and contemporary styled homes typically go with metal roofing to achieve an industrial or minimalist look that complements that style of architecture. But it’s not all for looks — metal roofing is outstanding at protecting against hail, wind, rot, and fire. It’s also lightweight, making it possible to install right on top of old roofs.
For older homes, especially those in the colonial and Victorian styles, wood roofing made from pine, spruce, or cedar is a great choice to preserve the historical look. Wood shingles give a crisp appearance, while shakes result in a more rustic look. For shakes and shingles, treatments must be done in order to prevent warping and fungal growth.
Also referred to as a rooftop garden, green roofs involve vegetation on top of your home and can be made up of several different layers dedicated to waterproofing, drainage, insulation, and actually growing the plants.
The EPA notes the benefits of this style of roofing include lowered energy use, improved quality of life, and enhanced water quality. Plus, it just looks cool. Before you go and get the ladder, it’s absolutely essential to consult an architect or structural engineer to make sure your home can support the weight.
By Tim Smith From Modernize
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