Roofing doesn't often get much attention from homeowners unless there's been damage to it. However, roofing is not only essential to the health of your home but it can also be a significant portion of your renovation budget. Here are five options for roofing materials that you should know before you start your next project.
1. Composite or Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt or composite shingles are by far the most common roofing material used. They are easy to replace and are usually given a 20-to-30 year warranty at install.
2. Rolled Roofing
While it's not the most aesthetically pleasing thing on the block, rolled roofing is great for outbuildings and residential roofs with a low slope. It's a quick, cheap, and effective way of sealing a roof and keeping water out of buildings.
There are several benefits to metal roofing. Metal provides an aesthetic contrast to most homes, doesn't offer wood-eating pests any nesting areas, is resistant to fire, and, while they are more costly than asphalt or composite shingles, it can provide a solid resale value.
A slate roof has a commanding presence, offering aesthetic appeal, high durability, and fire resistance while also being a sustainable choice of material. However, slate is an extremely heavy stone so you're going to need extra bracing and a professional installer if you decide to cover your roof with it.
5. Green Roofs
Green roofs are definitely an eccentric choice but they can also be a boon for the environment. By covering your roof in a waterproof membrane and allowing for adequate drainage, the surface area can be made to support lightweight plant life such as moss, or more intensive growth such as large plants, and even people.
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