We don’t always realize how important our roof is until it’s damaged and it starts leaking. Not only does it protect your home but it lends to the look of the house. Your roof is a critical piece of your house just like the structure itself (which by the way is also protected by your roof). Think about it, without a roof, what protection do you have from nature – none.
Residential Roofing Systems
There are a variety of residential roofing materials available and when considering a roof for your new home or when re-roofing, you want to consider the various residential roofing types and the pros and cons of each. Consider the area you live in and what type of weather your town generally gets. Does it storm a lot, are there tornados, are there high winds? You also need to consider your budget and how long you intend for the roof to last (under average conditions).
Residential roofing systems can include varying types of roofing materials, here are some of the most widely used roofing types (if you would like more information about any of them, give us a call and we’ll be happy to give you more details):
- Metal roofs vary in style and color, as well as texture (they can be made to look like a variety of things including shingles, tile, or wood shakes) and are very lightweight. They generally have a long lifespan, up to five decades if properly installed. A metal roof can decrease heating and cooling expenses because it reflects heat and you can even use recycled metal roofing.
- Tile roofs are very heavy and long lasting (but more expensive than most other types of roofing). It doesn’t rot or burn; and insects can’t eat through it. It generally lasts at least four or five decades and usually requires very little maintenance. The weight and fragility can be a drawback when installing or repairing the roof because walking on them has the potential to break them but overall they’re a great choice.
- Slate roofs are not used very often anymore because they are very costly and weigh a lot, causing them to require a heftier roof structure for support. They are gorgeous though and last for many decades. You can go with slate lookalikes that are made from recycled rubber and plastic however, if you really want the look without the cost and weight.
- Asphalt Composition Shingles are used on most homes in the US and are very economical. The base (which can be organic or fiberglass; with fiberglass being stronger and more flexible) is saturated with asphalt and then coated with minerals on the top for weather resistance. These shingles come in an array of colors to choose from so that you can find the perfect match for your home. Depending on quality and workmanship, these shingles usually last two to three decades.
- Wood shake roofs are often used on historic homes or homes that greatly emphasize appearance. If high quality wood shakes are used, they can last up to three decades but that life expectancy can be cut in half if the materials are just average or poor workmanship is involved. Bear in mind that some communities require you to install pressure-treated fire retardant shakes to reduce the risk of fire (which increases the cost).
If you’re not sure which type of roof you should go with, or you have questions about residential roofing cost, contact Done Right Roofing.
With more than 30 years of experience, we can help you pick the right roof for your home, and our licensed and insured professionals can install your new or replacement roof.
Exceptional residential and commercial full roofing services in the following areas: Milton, Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga