Roofing Material 

Tips on Choosing the Right Roofing Material 

»Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Roofing Material  | 0 comments

When selecting a new roofing system, there are a lot of factors to consider. While durability and cost tops the list, architectural style and aesthetics are important too. In this article, you will learn about different roofing materials that can help you identify and decide which certain roofing material matches your requirements at home.

Roofing Material
1. Asphalt Shingles

This type of roof material possesses an overwhelming share of the steep slope roof market in the US and can also be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials. Even though organic felt reinforced asphalt shingles are common, products that are reinforced with fiberglass are now more in demand in the market.

  • Organic shingles

These roof materials consists cellulose fiber such as wood base that is asphalt-saturated and coated with multi-colored mineral granules.

  • Fiberglass shingles

Fiberglass shingles are made of a fiberglass mat and have layers of asphalt from top to bottom, and with mineral granules too.

Just like most other roof materials, the fire resistance of asphalt shingles is categorized by A, B and C classes. Class A represents the most resistant to fire, while B and C classes signifies asphalt shingles that are less resistant to fire. Generally, almost all fiberglass shingles are rated Class A, and organic shingles usually have class B and C ratings.

The reinforcement of shingles has very little effect on its outer appearance. Fiberglass and organic products are available in architecturally laminated grades, which offer a more textured appearance. Copper or zinc coated ceramic granules can also be applied to fiberglass or organic products in order to protect it from the attack of algae – a common roofing problem in humid, warm parts of the US. Both types of asphalt shingles are also available in a wide variety of colors.

2. Wood Shingles and Shakes

These roofing materials are made from redwood, cedar, southern pine as well as other hard woods. Their natural appearance is quite popular in parts of the Midwest, the northwest, and even in California. Wood shingles are sawn by machine, while shakes are handmade that is it looks more rough compared to wood shingles. Here’s one thing to consider when you opt to purchase shakes or wood singles: Some local building codes actually limit the utilization of shakes and wood shingles due to its low fire resistance. A lot of shakes and wood shingles only have category C ratings for fire or sometimes no rating at all. On the other hand, class A ratings are also available for some specific wood shingle materials that incorporate fire resistant, factory applied treatment.

3. Tile

Whether it is concrete or clay, tile is a highly durable roofing material. Spanish and mission style round-topped roof tiles are commonly used in Florida and the Southwest, while flat styled tiles are also available in the market to create English and French looks. Tile roofing material comes in a wide variety of finishes and color. Tile is heavy compared to other roofing materials. Therefore, if you’re replacing your roof with a tile material, you will need to make sure that your building or house can be able to support the load. If you are not sure about it but still wanted to install tile roofing materials, it is best that you hire the services of professional roofing contractors Lakeland FL, so you know what certain type of roofing material is the perfect match for your structure.

4. Slate

The most common roofing material in the US, especially in New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Vermont is slate. It’s available in a wide variety of grades and colors, usually depending on its origin. While it is considered indestructible, it’s really a costly roofing material compared to others. Aside from that, its installation requires deep knowledge, experience and training. A lot of older homes, especially those in the Northeast, are still protected by this highly durable material.

5. Metal

While metal roofing material is primarily referred to as low slope, it has been found that metal is a great alternative for building and homeowners with steep slope roofing. There are basically 2 types of metal roof materials: shingles and panels.  A lot of metal panel configurations and shapes exist. Typically, metal shingles are used to stimulate traditional coverings of the roof, such as tile, shingles and wood shakes. Aside from the longevity of metal roofing, its shingles are also lightweight. Metal roofing also has much higher resistance to different weather, and can look very pleasing as well. Some metal roofing even has category A fire ratings.

 

 

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