People who buy new houses and they don’t like the roofing, or there is extensive damage to the roof, have to change it. Many of our customers don’t know what material to pick, as they know that beautiful doesn’t always mean high-quality. People don’t want to change their roofs every several years, they want them to last several decades, and thus they come to us with questions about different roofing systems and materials.
We can’t tell our customers which material to use, but we can give them advice and share some info about the materials, their advantages and disadvantages and so on.
All about available roofing alternatives
One of the rare and quite troublesome materials for roofing is wooden shingles and shakes. Wood that we use is rot resistant as we mainly use redwood and cedar. The wooden roof has a nice natural look, and it goes to a sort of silvery gray color as the weather beats it. The biggest disadvantage of this material is its short lifespan and the need of periodic maintenance. It has an excellent resistance against wind, but poor resistance to fire.
Just a small percentage of our clients go with slate roof, mainly due to its steep price. Only a few companies use this material due to the requirement of specialized training needed for installation of slate. This material comes from the rock that is also called slate, and it will last for a long time due to its natural durability. This material has one of the best wind and fire resistance out of all materials on the market.
Other more conventional roofing materials
The latest trend in roofing is the use of metal and plastic polymer. These two materials have their advantages that make them viable options for roofs.
The price of the metal roof depends on the type of material it contains. Steel and aluminum roofs are cheaper, and those made from copper are a bit more expensive. But, no matter which of those materials it is, the metal roof is sturdy and durable, if you pick a material that won’t rust. A good thing about metal as an alternative for roofing is that it is recyclable, people make it from recycled material, and it gets recycled when you remove it from your house, and it also absorbs far less heat than asphalt shingles.
Plastic polymer roofs don’t cost too much, and their wind and fire resistance is acceptable. The high-tech polymer is the material used in the production, but it can either be recycled or not. We don’t have any long-term data about maintenance cost and the longevity, but the manufacturers promise low maintenance costs and exceptionally excellent durability.
The choice is up to you
The roof types we included in this article don’t represent everything we offer; these are just some less known roofing materials. You are aware of more conventional materials like asphalt, clay, and concrete and we thought that you should know more about these alternatives as well. Now you know that you have alternatives to dull roofs you see all around.