Your roof is for sure one of the greatest assets on your house. How to choose the best one? What roofing materials are common in the United States? It’s not easy at all to opt for the type of roof material that will suit your home most. Knowing that the roofing material costs may affect your budget and the entire value of your home, it’s crucial to consider some important things. The experienced team of roofers from DNB Construction LLC has shared the most useful characteristics of roofing materials to help you reach your decision easily.
- Vinyl roofing –Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) roofing or simply vinyl roofing is the best solution for the sloped roofs (PVC shingles) or flat roofs (PVC membranes). Vinyl roofing is an eco-friendly and durable roofing solution since vinyl can withstand heavy wind, rain, or fire. Eco-friendly characteristics of PVC roofing is seen in the fact that vinyl is known as a recyclable material that is solar-reflective and aimed at reducing both heat and cooling costs.
- Metal roofing – This roofing material has a notorious reputation since it is the toughest to maintain. Rust, air pollution, weather conditions, lightning may be great problems and that is why some extra materials have to be added to protect your metal roofing. During heavy rains, your family may witness a lot of noise from the water falling on your house’s metal roof. On the other hand, metal roofing has proven to be truly strong, lasting, and a lot easier to install from other roofing types. These roofs can sustain fire and can’t easily burn if you leave in the parts prone to wildfire. Copper, steel, tin, and aluminum are frequently used to construct metal roofing. While copper is very expensive, galvanized steel is long-lasting, up to 60 years.
- Wood roofing – The best thing about this kind of roofing is that, with a lifespan of 30-40 years, it is not prone to rust and may be painted to a color you like. Besides, wood roofing is made from red cedar and redwood, which are natural materials seen as environmentally friendly. Wood shingles require regular maintenance and removal of the mildew or mold which may accumulate. If you live in places prone to wildfires, it’s better not to opt for wood roofing, since it has a low fire rating.
- Concrete or clay tiles – The most convenient thing about this kind of roofing is that it can go with any kind of roofing architecture since these tiles may come in numerous colors, shapes, and sizes. Unpredictable weather conditions are not a problem if you decide to have concrete or clay tiles on your roof. They are potentially long-lasting, aesthetically appealing, and can sustain any fire. Clay or concrete tiles, however, have to be installed by professionals and maybe pretty costly.
- Asphalt shingles – This roofing kind is one of the most frequently installed since they are affordable, nice-looking, and may go well with any house type in the United States. Some asphalt shingles have materials added as protection from early deterioration, damage, or cracking. So, always ask about the materials used in production before you choose to purchase asphalt shingles for your roof. The lifespan of asphalt shingles is 20 years, and the costs of maintenance are pretty low. However, because of their frequent tendency to crack when the temperature changes, think twice if you live in areas with changeable weather conditions.
DNB Construction’s well-organized team of client-oriented roofers will be entirely pleased if they can give you a hand the moment you decide to either change or install a new roof. Call us at (301) 362-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.