Long Island Roofing: Article About Different Types Of Roofing
Whether you are building a new home or replacing the roof of your existing dwelling, there are a wide range of materials available. You need to decide what type of shingles to use to get the best results. The type of materials used should accent the home, and last for a few decades if the roof is properly maintained. Material weight, product cost and installation requirements should also be considered when you are making your decision. The professionals at Long Island Roofing are qualified to help you with your decision.
If you are putting an addition on your home, the roof of your existing dwelling will determine your choice of material. If you consider other options, think about weight, texture, color and the life expectancy of the material. You should also consider what has been traditionally been used on homes similar to yours.
There are a number of choices for covering your roof, such as composite, wood and asphalt shingles and concrete and slate tiles. The most popular type of covering chosen is asphalt for the reason that it is readily available, adapts to almost any type of climate, lasts for a lengthy period of time, comes in many different styles and colors and is relatively low in cost.
Shingles made from asphalt come in two main types: organic and fiberglass. Typically made from recycled felt paper, organic shingles have a layer of asphalt to make them waterproof. Since they come in a variety of colors and styles, they can match almost any style of home. Fiberglass shingles are covered with an asphalt layer to keep water out.
A roofer from Long Island Roofing can answer any question you have about shingle roofs or flat roofs.
While organic shingles are more durable than fiberglass, they are more expensive.
Wood shingles are aesthetically pleasing and provide more insulation to the attic than other types of roofing materials, therefore making the house more energy efficient. They are able to tolerate harsh weather conditions, so they are ideal for areas that experience heavy thunderstorms and snow events. Since they are resistant to ultraviolet rays, they are also ideal for climates that have sunny, hot summers. It is also possible to have a fire-resistant coating put on for added safety. They are available in a wide variety of sizes, textures and colors, so there are never two shingles that are identical. However there are disadvantages to a wood roof. They are susceptible to mildew, mold, rot and burrowing. They require additional maintenance, including sealing, cleaning, regular rot inspections and shingle replacement because they are wood and organic.
Another type of shingle to consider is slate tile. They have a long life span and are impervious to rot and insect damage. However the tiles are very heavy and some roofs would need additional support to bear the weight of them. Since they are a natural material, the color choices are limited. Also, the tiles can break when they are stepped on. They offer a unique and popular look for the home, so if you are comfortable with the cost of the necessary upgrades for installation and materials, they may be a viable option for your home.