Northern Kentucky Roofers: Article About Various Roofing Materials On Today's Market
Nowadays, there is an abundance of roofing materials readily available for a homeowner. Knowing which one to select depends on several factors such as price, quality, weight, the roof's slope, the style of the home and the climate. Northern Kentucky roofers can offer homeowners a rundown of some of the most popular roofing materials.
Besides being the most popular, asphalt shingles are the most cost-efficient roofing material available. They are made of organic paper fiber mat or fiberglass. There is also a laminated grade, which is thicker and slightly higher in price. Organic asphalt shingles are better for wind resistance and cold weather while the fiberglass version is more resistant to fire and moisture. Asphalt shingles are moderate in weight and appropriate for low to steeper sloped roofs. They are not very durable and will only last 15 to 20 years; however, the laminated grade will last about 10 years longer.
The next grade of roofing material in price is metal. This roofing material will last 30 to 50 years and is more wind resistant than asphalt. It is available in copper, zinc alloy, aluminum and steel, and it comes in attractive shingles that resemble other roofing materials.
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Copper roofs have no finish and develop a protective green patina with age; however, the other types have a painted or zinc coating. It is also lightweight but durable, and it is great for low or steep sloped roofs. It is also made from recycled materials and absorbs a third less heat than asphalt.
While almost the same price as metal roofing material, wood shingles and shakes are more expensive to maintain and are moderate in weight. This attractive roofing material is made from rot-resistant woods such as cedar, but it is not very fire resistant unless treated. It has a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years.
Clay tile is next in price. Although heavy and brittle, this roofing material can last more than 50 years and is extremely fire resistant. It is a perfect choice for Spanish or Italian-style homes, and it can be made to resemble slate or wood shakes. While clay tile requires little maintenance, it needs extra materials for support. The tiles can also break easily. Concrete tile is quite similar to clay tile but is much more affordable.
Following clay tile in price is slate. As one of the oldest roofing materials, it is very durable and is highly resistant to fire and wind. Slate has many of the same characteristics as clay and concrete tile but lasts 75 years or more.