There are many different types of roofing material to choose from: asphalt, metal, wood, tile, and even plants. Of course, each of these styles will vary in cost, but the focus here will be on the composition of each roofing material and how they affect your roof.
Asphalt shingles are made up of asphalt layers that are coated in ceramic granules. Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common roofing style in residential areas. Granules on these roofs help protect the asphalt underneath from breaking, which ultimately protects your home from leaks and other damage. These shingles can also be reinforced with fiberglass that makes them lighter and more heat resistant.
Metal roofs are typically made up of sheets of steel or aluminum. As you can imagine, these roofs are durable and do not require much maintenance. They are also lightweight, which may seem counterintuitive, but the metal is constructed to be especially lightweight for roofs.
Wood roofs are usually made out of cedar, which looks great and is natural and environmentally friendly. Since wood has crevices that other roofing materials do not have, and since wood is so natural, these roofs require more maintenance to keep them looking good and to keep them from degrading.
Tile roofs are made of hardened clay, which is also very environmentally friendly, but is not as prone to degradation. In fact, this is just about the longest lasting and most durable roof you can buy. These roofs can last nearly 50 years!
Green roofs are composed of vegetation that helps with storm drainage. In addition, they give you an additional living space and provides a more natural flare in urban environments.
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