When renovating, homeowners overlook the roof unless there is a leak or another sign of damage. It’s easy to forget that quality roofing materials can transform any home. The aesthetics and function of every home are instantly improved with a new quality roof. Some people put off replacing or repairing a roof simply because of the costs.
However, the right roof can improve the appearance of a home and provide protection against the elements. It can also potentially prevent damage to a home’s interior as well. And the cost is deferred if your roofing contractor offers home improvement project financing.
It is very important to educate yourself about quality roofing materials. Roofing has evolved, but the most common type of roofing material are the asphalt roof shingles. These shingles are a relatively modern invention, with the first “asphalt prepared roofing” serving as a forerunner to asphalt shingles, appearing in the late 1800s.
Roofing materials installed in Maryland are required to meet area fire codes. They must be able to withstand the extreme weather conditions of snow and ice which are common in our area. Certain roofing materials may be heavier than others and require special framing.
We encourage you to work with an experienced and patient roofing contractor. Learn more about your available options and ask about any special installation or maintenance issues you need to consider before construction begins.
Quality roofing materials homeowners may want to consider:
We are not providing an exhaustive list of roof replacement materials, but these are the most common. We know you will have fun learning about and viewing images of various roofing materials. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us.
The most popular roofing material, asphalt roof shingles are guaranteed for 20 to 30 years, which helps solidify this choice as a smart-value product. For some homeowners, a downside to shingles is that, because they are so popular, they are seen everywhere. So those homeowners looking to make a unique statement with their roofing materials may want to choose a different option.
Architectural asphalt shingles have surpassed the three-tabbed variety as the most commonly installed roofing material in the United States. These dimensional shingles offer a unique “look” without busting your budget.
Wood Shakes and Shingles
A wood roof is another possibility, but some homeowners find wood roofs require more money to install and more effort to maintain than roofs made with other materials. Wood shingles are sawn from logs and are thin, while shakes are thick, rough and formed by being split from logs.
Clay Tiles or Concrete
These tiles add texture and elegance to a new roof. Clay or concrete tiles are very durable and quite heavy, so they must be installed by a professional. These tiles can make Mediterranean-, Spanish- or Mission-style houses stand out even more. Their long-lasting nature can help offset the price tag.
Metal roofs are usually made from fully recyclable steel, aluminum or alloy, making them an eco-friendly choice. Metal roofs also reflect the sun’s rays and can be an energy-efficient option in hot climates.
One of the longest-lasting materials available in roofing products, slate is fireproof and comes in various natural colors and shapes. Once installed, slate requires very little maintenance. However, slate can be cost-prohibitive because its delicacy and weight require extra roofing support and professional installation.
Changing a roof means years of improved performance and an instant uplift to the “curb appeal” of your home.