Choosing The Right Roofing Material

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When you remodel your roof, there are a lot of factors to consider. Not only do you want a product that is stylish and affordable, you also need to think about the energy efficiency of the material you choose. This article compares several of the most popular roofing materials; looking at their style, maintenance needs, and energy efficiency:

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are a traditional, yet smart choice for residential roofs. First of all, it's hard to beat the natural style of real wood. Homeowners love having a material that can be painted or stained in coordination with other wooden elements on the outside of the house. But, wood is also a practical choice. Modern wood shingles are treated to be ultra durable, waterproof and weather resistant. Tempered wood shingles will last for a very long time without any sort of maintenance. Wood is definitely not the most energy efficient choice, but it can have good insulation ratings if you choose a product product that is a little thicker. You can always make up for the lack of efficiency by installing an insulated layer under the shingles.

Clay Tile

Clay tile is another common roofing choice. It is hard to beat the traditional style of clay tiles. It is a material that has long been used in roofing, from Italian to Spanish style construction. Clay is not painted, so you don't need to worry about the finish wearing off. But, since clay is slightly porous, it can absorb water, which makes it darker. But besides getting darker when it rains, clay tiles can also harbor moss and mold. In damp environments, it is common to see clay roofs with green growing out of the tiles.

Clay is actually a very energy efficient material in hot, sunny regions. A light colored clay will be the most efficient because it won't absorb as much of the sun's rays.

Asphalt Tiles

Asphalt tiles are definitely the cheapest of the three options. The actual tiles are affordable and the installation is easy because they are so much lighter. Asphalt tiles aren't the most stylish choice. You will often be used on residential and commercial buildings, especially on construction that is less stylish. That being said, it is an extremely durable product that will last for many years. It doesn't need to be painted, stained, or resealed.

If you are updating your roof, any of these three options might be a good choice. Just choose the one that best fits your budget and style. Contact a company like Earhart Roofing Company Inc for more information and assistance.

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