Choosing the best roof for your home
Today, the choices of roof materials home construction are many, making it difficult to choose the right roofing materials. You must take into consideration the style of the home, the overall color choice and the personal style of the homeowner. The roofing can be a perfect match that is timeless or roofing materials to have an accent, giving the home a different curb appeal.
Besides matching the home and the homeowner’s taste, it is important to choose quality roofing materials with insulation. Even with that facet included in the decision making, there are many roof and materials choices to go with and where your home is located can put many factors into that decision. So, when choosing roof materials, build your list of choices in-store or on-line, and the answers to the following questions, then give that matter some thought before selecting.
What are most roofs made of?
In residential roofing materials, the most common is asphalt shingles. They are an economical choice and installation is easy. They are reinforced with fiberglass or cellulose and organic material and come to a wide selection of colors. The lifespan is shorter than other roofing materials on the market.
However, updating your home’s existing roof doesn’t mean that you must stay with what is already there. If the budget allows, you can change it up while adding value. Things you must consider when choosing your roofing materials are:
- The weight of the material and will special framing be needed?
- Is there color and style that will accent or complement your home style and your personal style?
- Will the material meet the building and fire codes?
- Will installation and/or maintenance have issues that need to be considered?
- Will it perform in the different weather conditions common for the area?
- Is the cost within your budget and will the life span and warranty provide the ROI you need/want?
What are the materials used for roofing?
You should consider those questions listed above when choosing between asphalt or the following roofing materials for your home:
- Clay and concrete tiles will add elegance with texture, whether you go with the genuine flat, ribbed or scalloped styles. They are all extremely durable and heavy, requiring a trained roofing contractor professionals. A long-lasting material that is energy efficient and non-combustible.
- Metal roofing materials are fire and weather-resistant and available in panels or singles with choices in aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc. Durable material with a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles or wood shingles with a UV ray reflectance, although expensive, it comes in several colors today from black, green, grey, red or purple.
- Wood shakes and shingles have been a go-to in roofing materials for years, and as the weather, they become more attractive for the right style of the house. They are not allowed in areas with strict fire codes, and because they are handmade, they can be more expensive than other shingles.
- They make synthetic roofing materials from plastic, polymer, and rubber to creates the look and texture for any home style with a wide choice in colors. They can be made to look like slate or wood, this is a strong material that is fire and weather resistant. Some products in this group are not as water-resistant as other roofing materials and they haven’t been around as long to provide time-tested results yet.
What is the most common roof shingle?
There is a wide choice of roof types for homeowners to choose from today. From asphalt to metal, from slate to tile, and we can’t forget solar! Still, with all those choices, asphalt shingles are the most popular choice in roofing materials.
Why? The biggest reason is cost. Of all the different roofing materials, asphalt shingles are still the lowest price point and durable enough for any type of weather. They are always available, and the selection of colors and styles give a homeowner the ability to match them to their home’s current color and style or allow them to update the appearance of their home.
The asphalt shingles of today are different today though. They are available in fiberglass and environmentally friendly organic material too. The fiberglass roof shingles start with a fiberglass mat with a layer of asphalt applied that makes it water-resistant. Then to make it UV reflective, a layer of ceramic granules is applied.
Organic shingles are environmentally friendly with the recycled felt paper being the starting point with the waterproofing asphalt applied next. While they are still less expensive than other roofing materials, they are the more expensive version of asphalt shingles.
What is the most energy-efficient roofing material?
During the summer when temperatures are high, roofing materials with a reflective top layer are always a good choice. Because heat can still penetrate through the reflective layer, good insulation with ENERGY STAR rating will have a high degree of UV ray reflectance and lower the temperature of the roof surface up to 50 degrees or more. This helps the AC unit not have to work as hard, which saves money on energy bills.
Unwanted heat is the biggest concern when choosing from roofing materials that are energy efficient. With that in mind, many homeowners feel they need to choose from light-colored roofing materials because it is better than a dark color. While this is a good thought, it isn’t straightforward accurate.
Choosing one of the dark-colored roofing materials that have an ENERGY STAR rating can outperform heat resistance than lighter roof materials. The climate is another factor is climate and the darker roofing materials are better for cooler climates as well because it absorbs some heat during the winter. With the cost of energy today, it is worth the extra expense of insulated roofing materials for homeowners. The return-on-investment will be received over a shorter period than roofing materials of the past. Call 720-275-4580 to learn more about the roofing materials offered by PJD Construction & Roofing in Aurora, CO and get started on your new roof today.