Sylvania Roofing: Article About Choosing The Right Roofing Material
Many homeowners do not think about the roofing material on their home. When it comes time to replace the roof, they simply choose the same type of material. Doing some research and talking to a Sylvania roofing professional could result in choosing a better, more energy efficient and longer lasting roofing product.
There are several types of roofing products on the market, including asphalt shingles, wood shingles or shakes, slate, clay or concrete tile, and metal. The most common roofing material is the asphalt shingle. It is one of the cheapest types of roofs to install and lasts between 12 and 30 years. Asphalt shingles are typically rated class A for fire resistance and can withstand winds of up to 130mph. They are also rated either Class 3 or 4 for hail.
Wood shingles and shakes are more durable in dry climates. Installing wood shingles in wet climates requires a special type of underlayment to prevent moisture buildup. They are not as fire resistant as asphalt shingles and can typically only achieve a Class B rating.
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They are slightly more expensive to install than asphalt shingles, but they are easy to install and aesthetically pleasing because they fade to a silver or light grey color over time. Wood shingles and shakes typically last between 30 and 50 years in the right climates with proper installation.
Ceramic or clay tile roofs are incredibly solid and durable. They typically last between 15 and 50 years, depending on the quality of the tile. They can be purchased with Class 3 or 4 hail and impact resistance and a Class A fire rating. Homeowners should be aware that tile roofs are extremely heavy and a high quality underlayment will be needed for excessively wet climates.
Metal roofs can last up to 50 years if properly installed. They cost more than traditional asphalt shingles but less than tile. They are lightweight and can be installed over existing roofs. Metal is typically rated Class 4 for hail damage and can withstand winds up to 130mph. Homeowners can also enjoy Class A fire ratings.
Slate can last up to 100 years when it is properly maintained. However, it is the most expensive type of residential roof available, and it is very heavy because the tiles are cut from slate rock. It is typically available with Class 3 or 4 hail damage resistance and a Class A fire rating. Most slate roofs outlive the homes where they are installed.