When deciding on a roof for your new home or looking for a change, the amount of options available to you with a company like Pedernales Construction are nearly limitless. After all, besides providing safety and protection for your home, a roof can be the design piece that makes your property look fantastic. So when you need a new roof, the big question that always comes first is the same – what material do I want to use? Here are the options you have available to you and some of the characteristics and benefits of each:
- Asphalt ShinglesThe “three-tab” asphalt shingle is the most popular roofing material in the country. Not only does this material provide great economic returns in terms of energy savings and protection, but it also comes in a variety of colors and sizes to accommodate almost any home. The only problem here is something that’s already been said – they’re very popular! If you want your home to really stick out, then asphalt shingles probably aren’t your best option.
>Wood Shingles & Shakes
Wood shingles and shakes can be a great way to give your home a “natural” look. Wood shingles are cut by machine to get that perfect shape to it, while wood shakes are handmade to give it a rougher aesthetic. Get Class-A wood shingles or shakes that are fire-resistant to protect your home. If the wood you want is too pricey, synthetic plastic shingles can get the same look at a more affordable value.
- Clay & Concrete TilesClay and concrete tiles are extra durable and can give your home a very classic, rustic feel. The level of variety you can find in these tiles is staggering – you’ll be able to find the right look for just about any roof. Just make sure that your home has the extra support necessary to handle these heavier materials.
- SlateSlate has a beautiful, distinctive appearance. Although very heavy, a slate roof is non-leaching and will last for hundreds of years. It is easy to repair and recycle. Because slate is often a dark color it isn’t recommended for high-heat locations.
- MetalWhile metal roofs may be seen as a cheap alternative, newer metal roofs can actually provide a refined, modern look to your home. They also offer high insulation solar reflectance, and durability, often lasting twice as long as wood or asphalt. Aside from its longevity, metal shingles are much lighter than most materials and very resistance to adverse weather.
- Fiber CementComposed of concrete, clay and wood fiber, fiber cement is both durable and fireproof. They can also be shaped into nearly anything! Fiber cement is available in a variety of textures and colors and is very durable — as long as you don’t step on them or live in very cold climates because they can crack.