The roof of your home is the equivalent to the skin on your body. It is the first line of defense to protect the interior of your home from damage from the elements. When your roof begins to deteriorate, your home risks interior damage that could lead to it becoming unlivable. Water can begin to get into the home, causing bigger problems, such as mold and even weaker structures. Therefore, when your roof begins to exhibit a problem, it is time to get it repaired or replaced immediately. Since time has passed since your first roof was installed, you may find that not only do you need a new roof, but you want a new material for your roof. Here are some tips on choosing the right material for your roof.
Types of Roofing Materials
Before you can decide what material is right for your roof, you must know what materials are available for any roof. Surprisingly, roofs are more than just asphalt. As a matter of fact, different roof materials serve different purposes, making the material you choose a crucial piece of the effectiveness of your roof. Most roofs are made of one of four materials: cedar shake, clay tile, asphalt or metal. Cedar shake is typically the material most residential roofs use. It is very pretty to see and lasts for many years in most types of weather. It is both strong and durable. Clay tile is another common option for many residential roofs. However, it is not as common as the cedar shake. A new crossover into the residential marketplace is asphalt roofing. Typically, it was known to be the roofing of choice for many flat roofed commercial establishments. However, some residential homes are finding asphalt to fit their needs as well. Finally, many warehouses and industrial buildings utilize metal roofing for their facilities.
Making the Right Decision
Unless you have a flat roof or commercial property, you are likely to be best served by a cedar shake roof or shingles for your new roofing project. This type of roofing provides a beautiful finish that also makes sure your home stays safe from the elements the changes in weather may provide. On the contrary, a flat roof, which has become increasingly popular in urban settings or up and coming developments, would be better served with asphalt. It is much more durable for that type of surface and allows the flat roof to be used as a deck. When working with commercial properties, it is typically best to use either an asphalt or metal as the roof material. This type of material is more durable on commercial buildings, extending the life of the structure beyond the standard in the roofing industry.
No matter the material you choose, contact the roofing experts at R&R Remodeling at (952) 856-0575. We are certified GAF Installers that offer extended transferable lifetime warranties on all of our installation projects. Our team of roofing experts will be happy to help you determine the best material for your roofing project while making sure the job is done right the first time.
Rey Cintron is the owner of R & R Remodeling, Inc. and an expert in the residential remodeling industry.