A new roof is an important consideration. Not only do you have to worry about your current budget, but you must also consider the many different types of roofing materials. While asphalt shingles are still one of the most popular, there are other roofing shingles that may work too. If you would like to know more, check out these three roofing material options.
1. Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles have been around a long time, but they are still a popular option. They are lightweight, which makes them a great choice for any type of roof. Plus, thanks to advancements in technology and manufacturing, there are multiple types of asphalt shingles to choose from.
Traditional shingles are also known as 3-tab roofing shingles because each piece consists of three shingles. A traditional asphalt shingle roof is one of the most affordable choices, and the shingles come in a variety of colors to match your house and help absorb/reflect heat.
Architectural shingles are an alternative to traditional shingles. With architectural shingles, each shingle is one piece. This allows the roofer to create a more textured and layered look. Similarly, premium shingles or designer shingles can also be used to give the roof a unique appearance to make your home stand out.
Metal roofs are another popular option. They are lightweight but last longer than asphalt shingles. In fact, while an asphalt roof may only last 12 to 20 years, a metal roof could last 40 to 70 years with good maintenance. However, they are prone to denting, but noise-absorbing materials can help prevent loud noise from the roof.
If you like eco-friendly products, metal is a great choice for your roof. Metal is much less dangerous on the environment to craft since it doesn’t use petroleum like asphalt shingles. In addition, the metal can be recycled and reused to make a new metal roof in the future.
With asphalt shingles, you can choose a light color to reflect the sun. However, given the nature of metal, a metal roof will nearly always reflect the sun, reducing radiant heat gain, so you don’t need to crank up the air-conditioner. This is a great way to recoup some of the money you invested in the roof.
3. Rubber Shingles
Rubber shingles, as the name suggests, are made from rubber, which gives them many special properties. First, like asphalt shingles and metal, rubber shingles are incredibly lightweight. On top of that, the rubber shingles can be molded to mimic the style of many other roofing materials, such as slate. In fact, many people choose rubber shingles instead of slate because slate is so expensive and heavy.
Rubber shingles are also durable. They can withstand objects hitting the roof and withstand winds of up to 160 mph. In addition, if something does hit the roof, the sound-absorbing benefits will keep the inside of your home nice and quiet. The rubber is also good at absorbing UV rays, which are normally incredibly damaging to roofing materials, especially asphalt.
Rubber shingles are a more expensive option when compared to asphalt shingles, but compared to metal and slate, they are a reasonably-priced alternative.
If your roof is getting old and worn, it’s time to consider a replacement. Regardless of the type of shingles your current roof has, you can change when getting a new roof. Stop letting your roof rot; it’s time to replace that roof and boost the value of your home. If you would like to know more or get an estimate for an upcoming project, contact us at Ray’s Hartford Home Improvement Contractors today.
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