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Most Common Types of Roofing Materials

Have you thought about the material of your roof recently? I bet not. Most homeowners do not think about their home’s roof material and it’ the last thing people consider when they’re renovating. The roof of your home may never come to mind, that is until there’s a leak. That’s when everything changes; people only think about the roof of a home when there’s something wrong with it, and that’s when homeowners begin to realize that a home’s roof makes the house look even better.

Most common types of roofing materials in Arizona are Asphalt Roofing, Slate Shingles, Ceramic Tiles, Metal Roofing & Flat Roofing. In this article you will learn more about each and everyone so you can get a better understand of which one to choose for your home.

When it does come to mind, and you want to replace the roof of your home or get a new roof when building your home, there are several features to bear in mind beyond the color of the roof. You need to consider what type of roofing material you would use, and there are so many to pick from. Your choice depends on the cost, appearance, durability, and the structure of the roof. These include common commercial roof systems as well.

Here are some roofing materials commonly used by many homeowners:

1. Asphalt Shingles

North American homeowners love asphalt shingles; these have been popular in homes for more than a century and were created right in the United States. This roofing material is produced using a fiberglass base capped with mineral granules and asphalt.

It comes with an over-30-year warranty, and when one gets damaged, it is pretty simple to replace. Another reason why homeowners love asphalt shingles is that they are fire retardant; they are also available in various colors and weather-resistant.

It is effortless to install, which is why many roofing companies are very familiar with it. They are made of the best quality and are waterproof so you can count on it, keeping your home warm and dry.

Key Features

  • Come in two types: 3 tab and architectural asphalt shingles
  • Affordable to install and maintain
  • Easy to install
  • Durable

2. Slate Shingles

If you want a classy roof, you might just be in luck with slate shingles. It’s a modern look most homeowners are going for because it makes your home look chic and ultra-classy. Slates are stones that are obtained from places with large amounts of volcanic ash and clay; this is why it was a bit pricey when it first came out. However, it has become more economical, and most homeowners are picking it as a roofing material for their homes.

One of the reasons why slate shingles are popular is because it looks classy and gorgeous; it is durable and known to last over a hundred years. It is also fire resistant and can resist really tough weather as well. It is available in diverse colors and different styles which is why it is excellent both as an upgrade during renovations to make the home classier or as new installations to make your home look beautiful.

Key Features

  • Very durable
  • Modern look and ergonomic style
  • Heavyweight
  • Difficult to install
  • Expensive to maintain

3. Ceramic Tiles

This has been around much longer, and old societies have been known to use this both on their roof and also in their home. It gives homes a comfy and warm look; it is also fire-resistant and is proclaimed to have over 70 years of lifespan. It can also resist severe weather conditions, meaning it can be damaged by cold and hot weather. Maintaining this roof is very easy and cannot be damaged by insects or rot.

Key Features

  • Come in a range of sizes, colors, and shapes
  • highly durable
  • Highly resistant to fire outbreaks

4. Metal Roof

This is popular in industrial and commercial buildings; it has however become popular amongst homeowners because of its lightweight, beautiful design and low maintenance required. It is also eco-friendly and can be made in different colors and styles. It is a bit expensive to install but is usually worth it as it lasts an awfully long time and is resistant to different weather types.

Key Features

  • Easy installation process
  • Made of multiple different metal materials: aluminum, steel, tin, zinc, and copper
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Ergonomic look and
  • Can be expensive to install and maintain

5. Flat Roofing

These are not so expensive in terms of installation, and it also comes with extra safety that several people love. They are also good-looking and add a certain cozy feeling to your home. This type of roofing can usually be found in ranch houses and is also common in industrial buildings.

Flat Roofing are popular on commercial properties but not on residences because they require a high level of maintenance, particularly if you live in a location where it rains or snows a lot. Their slight slope allows water to drain off easily. However, if there is debris on the roof, it can block the water from draining off. It has a 15-years lifespan and might need a replacement soon.

Key Features

  • Great look
  • Ideal for industrial use
  • Costly to maintain

6. Wood Shakes Material

This doesn’t seem like much at first glance, but they are usually a great addition to homes. Wood shakes are eco-friendly and can easily be renewed. It is made in a manner that doesn’t hurt the earth and is usually famous amongst homeowners because it does not affect rainwater. This means that you don’t need to be afraid of harmful chemicals getting to the soil when it rains and affecting your plants and soil. They are known to have a lifespan of over 50 years when properly maintained.

Key Features

  • Easy to install
  • Durable
  • Expensive
  • Final Thoughts

These roofing materials are durable, and some of them require little maintenance to last many decades. Whatever choice you end up making, you’re bound to end up with a high-quality roofing material that will not only add an attractive appeal to your home but always keep your home warm and dry in every season.

Other roofing materials ideal for residential and industrial applications include concrete roofing tiles, bituminous, polymer-sand, etc. However, there are not as commonly used as the ones on this list. The bottom line is: choose a roofing material that is suitable for your use.

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