If it's time to replace your roof, or you're working on a new roofing project, you have a number of choices and things to consider when it comes to picking out roofing material. You'll need to consider the environment the property is in, how heavy the roofing material is, and the style and architecture of the property, just to name a few. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the choices, or are new to roofing and unsure of where to start, here is what you need to know about the three types of roofing material.
If the property is in a residential area, chances are many of the properties in your area utilize asphalt roofing material. Asphalt is one of the most common residential roofing materials available for a number of reasons. Firstly, asphalt shingles, for example, are very affordable and easy to install. In addition, they're versatile and look great on various styles of properties. You can even reinforce asphalt shingles with fiberglass so that you add strength without losing the natural appearance of the asphalt. On the downside, asphalt has a much shorter life span compared to other materials. The average lifespan is about 20 years -- less if your property is in an area with harsh weather. Another drawback is that asphalt shingles don't provide as much insulation as other materials, something to think about if you live in a particularly cold environment.
Metal roofing material, such as aluminum, is becoming more popular. In the past, metal roofing was more commonly used for non-residential properties. However, more and more homeowners are discovering the benefits of metal roofing and choosing it as their roofing material of choice. Metal is extremely weather resistant. Making it a great material for properties that endure cold, rain, high winds and other elements. Metals such as aluminum are also lightweight, combining strength and durability. Other metal options include steel, copper and zinc. Metal is an excellent choice for modern homes, as it adds a sleek look. One drawback is that metal is more expensive than other roofing materials. However, it also lasts longer -- 40 to 70 years on average.
A lovely choice for European and Colonial-style homes is slate. It's a fine-grained rock composed typically of clay. It's available in various colors and chosen for its beauty and distinction. It's durable and resistant to fire, as well as weather elements. While it's more expensive than other roofing materials, hard slate can last a lifetime, making it a good investment. A drawback, however, is that slate is a very heavy material. To use slate as a roofing material you may need to add additional support beams to your property.
For more information, contact a company like Mid-Miami Roofing, Inc.