Roof is the eminent element of a building setting its character. The aspects of strong roofing are: the outline, structure of the roof, the cladding materials used and other details related to the roof. The selection of the roofing for a building depends on factors like: building type, foundation type, exposure of light, roof loads, renovations in future, Conduits, Construction time, Maintenance, Economy, Aesthetics etc. There are different types of roofs suiting different homeowners and climatic condition, few are discussed below.
Types of Roof
Asphalt Shingles is the most sought after roofing among roofers and homeowners due to its durability and inexpensiveness. It comes in variety of styles. It’s easy installation and suitability for a wide array of temperatures becomes its strength. Waterproofing is a reliable factor that one gets from Asphalt shingles.
Slate and Tile roof Shingles
In sophisticated roofing material the first name that comes across is Slate. Its natural appearance is the main appeal that attracts homeowners towards it. It being fire resistant, immunity towards rotting, easy maintenance and high life span nearing 100 years are some of the strengths that are sought after by roofers and homeowners. Slate comes in varied colors and styles.
Tile Roof Shingles
Types of Tile Roof Shingles
Ceramic Roofing Tiles
Ceramic roofing tiles are durable in nature. It is fade resistant. Ceramic tiles are fireproof and their life span goes upto 50-70 years.
Clay and Concrete Tiles
Clay tiles are heavy in nature, which requires additional roof framing. They are non-combustible making them fireproof and last long. It comes in lighter colors making it reflect half of solar energy resulting in cooler roof.
Concrete tiles or roofing provide elegance and increases the aesthetics of the home design. These are versatile in nature and gives extra protection. The Concrete tiles come in different shapes, sizes and colors which makes them hard to recognize as tiles. Some varieties of tiles are: shingle, shake and slate.
The usefulness of metal roofing is increasing day by day due to its easy maintenance, lightweight and being environmental friendly. Even if it fades with time, it can be repainted which costs less than changing the roof altogether. Metal roofs are cooler in nature providing cooling to the homeowner both in style and temperature. These are available in copper, aluminium, and stainless steel. Metal roofs often have a high percentage of recycled content. Due to high insulation solar reflectance, and durability, the metal roofing often lasts more (almost twice) than wood or asphalt. Metal shingles normally imitates traditional roof coverings, like wood shakes, shingles, slate and tile. Metal shingles are lighter weight wise than other materials and are resistant to adverse weather.
Flat roofs are inexpensive than sloped roofs. They are safer in accordance that there is less chance of falling from a flat roof. It’s easy access and the visual appearance makes it desirable among homeowners.
Wood Shakes and Cedar Shingles
Wood shake shingles are an environmental friendly option. Its lifespan is around 30 years or more. Due to these pros it becomes an intelligent investment in environmental sense for the homeowners.
Wood shingles and shakes are available in cedar, redwood, southern pine and other woods, cedar being the expensive in the lot. Wood shingles are machine made, while wood shakes are handmade for the rugged look.
If homeowners want an alternative for wood shingles and shakes then synthetic shingles come into play. The synthetic shingles are made up of plastic/ rubber mixed with recycled wood and is moulded to imitate the wooden shakes. These are light weight, UV-resistant, fire-resistant, and long lasting. Some of these synthetic shingles can give competition to the 50 year lifespan asphalt shingles.