Types of Residential Roofing Materials to Consider

Are you looking to re-roof an existing property or you’re building a new home from ground up? It is important to be sure that the type of roofing material you choose is the best for your specific situation. Though selecting roofing materials isn’t as exciting as choosing new furniture, the specific materials you choose will have a substantial functional implication. Here are the common types of residential roofing materials you may want to consider.

1. Asphalt shingles

These are the most common roofing options across the country, and for a good reason. They are effective in nearly all environmental conditions. Asphalt shingles are made from fiberglass base that’s topped with mineral granules and asphalt and are an all-round perfect choice for most residential roofing needs. Virtually all roofing companies are familiar with installing shingles.

2. Metal roofing

Metal roofing is an increasingly popular residential roofing option. It is considered environmentally-friendly and requires minimal maintenance compared to other forms of roofing. A metallic roof is resistant to ice and water, and it is an ideal option for residential properties in a cold and wet environment.

3. Composite shingles

Also known as synthetic roofing shingles, composite shingles are made of fiberglass, asphalt, recycled paper products, and other commonly used roofing materials. They are fire-resistant and don’t absorb moisture. Most companies manufacture composite shingles that are resistant to algae and mold growth.

According to construction experts, composite shingle roofing doesn’t split, peel, crack or warp easily. In most cases, these shingles are available in varying shapes, colors, and sizes. This makes them a versatile roofing choice for residential property owners.

4. Vinyl roofing

Vinyl roofing is also known as PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). It is a durable, roofing material that comes in shingles or membrane sheets. The shingles are often used on sloped roofs, while the membrane sheets are majorly used on flat roofs.

To make vinyl roofing sheets or shingles, manufacturers mix plasticizers, resin, heat stabilizers, biocides, color pigments, and UV light inhibitors with polyester reinforcement scrim that’s sandwiched in between. The PVC membrane’s bottom layer is usually black and has more plasticizers for additional flexibility.

5. Ceramic tile roofing

One of the widely known and durable roofing materials is ceramic tile. Many ancient properties still have a ceramic tile roof in place, and this roofing style creates a Spanish look. However, ceramic roofing tiles are available across the country and come in a variety of aesthetic possibilities.

6. Clay tiles

Concrete and clay tiles can withstand the impact of strong winds and last for many decades. They are also energy efficient and associated with better fire-resistance properties. If you intend to use clay tiles as a roofing option for your residential property, you need to get them installed by a professional. Remember, clay tiles are heavy, and you’re switching from other lighter roofing materials to clay tiles, you may need to upgrade the roof’s support structure.

You now know the different types of roofing materials for residential properties. Be sure to pick the right one.

 

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