Today’s Modern Roofing Materials

A Good Roof Goes Unnoticed

Average Houston homeowners don’t generally give their roofs much thought unless there are problems, like storm damage or leaking; however, a sound, attractive roof is essential to the value of any property. A roof in good repair keeps out water and protects our belongings, and roofing also adds to the aesthetic appeal of a house or building.

There’s a Broad Range of Roofing Materials

Today’s market offers more roofing material selections than ever. Traditional standard three-tab asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors, textures, and shapes. Wood shingles and shakes and clay tiles provide a unique or regional look in the United States. The newest products, a rubber product that looks like slate, and
metal roofing, offer high-tech engineering with energy-saving benefits.

 

Fireproof Roofing

Some of the newer options for roofing materials offer to fireproof and increase longevity, but
the standard three-tab asphalt shingle still covers the vast majority of American homes because it is one of the least expensive most easily installed alternatives. Shingles come in several colors and generally have a guarantee between 20-30 years unless damaged by severe weather.

Metal Roofing

Architectural Shingles

For the homeowner who wants a little more bang for his or her buck thicker shingles called architectural shingles can give an added dimension or geometric pattern. They last about thirty years.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are perennial favorites for those ready to spend a little more. Over time some varieties of wood weather to a grey, or soft silver finish that compliments a rural or rustic landscape. Red, yellow, and white cedar, are excellent choices. These smooth-surfaced shingles are cut to a uniform thickness but vary in width. Since wood shakes are split rather than sawed, they are thicker and rougher than shingles. It is vital to lay wood roofing over a substrate that allows air to circulate. The sheathing required for other types of roofs is counterproductive. Although very attractive, wood shakes and shingles require a more significant initial investment and higher cost maintenance. Mildew, mold, and moss must be removed and the roofing material oiled with a clear wood finishing product. With proper maintenance, a correctly installed wood roof could and should potentially last 30 to 50 years. New fire codes in some localities now require roofing materials to be fireproof, so very convincing fakes are being produced. In addition to being fireproof, these alternatives require little or no maintenance.

Type of Roof Determines Available Roofing Options

When it’s time to install a new roof on your house, and with it, the question of which of the many roofing options you want to use, most of the decision will be made by the pitch of your roof. The rest will be based on the roofs condition as well as how much your budget can afford. Another value in the equation is how long you expect a new roof to last and the potential to increase or decrease the resale value of the house with your …