Take a quick walk around town, and you’re bound to see different types of roofs. Homeowners can choose what type of roofing material they want to use to keep their home safe from the harsh elements. There are many types of residential roofing materials available, but these four are the most popular of the bunch.
1. Asphalt Shingles
Easily the most popular roofing material, asphalt shingles consist of small, uniformly sized shingles that feature a top layer of asphalt embedded in several layers of adhesive and felt. Newer versions of asphalt shingles may replace the felt base with fiberglass sheets. Affordable, immune to water damage and fairly low-maintenance, asphalt shingles are considered a good “jack of all trades”.
Metal roofs may not be the current favorite in North America, but it’s quite popular among homeowners living in the warmer regions of the globe. Metal’s main appeal is its ability to reflect and shed a large amount of heat faster than any other roofing material. Metal roofing is usually installed in the form of large panels, and basic roof repair for metal roofs usually involves patching holes with waterproof sealant instead of replacing entire panels. Practical and unbelievably tough, metal roofs are gaining more popularity these days.
Clay tiles have been used as a roofing material for centuries around the world. Although clay tiles cost more than metal or asphalt shingle roofing, they boast better wind resistance and are practically immune to moisture damage. Although “classic” clay tiles are made of dried clay, modern tile roofs also frequently feature concrete as a substitute.
Another classic roofing material, slate tiles used for roofing are hewn from shale, a type of hard, volcanic rock. Slate is known for its neutral or dark color and enhanced durability – a slate roof can be expected to last for more than a hundred years with good maintenance!
We can tell you all about these materials and more, and how you should maintain them to make your residential roof replacement last longer.
Get one of these roofing materials on your home. Call Crown Roofing Ltd. at (604) 210-6655, or fill out our contact form to request an estimate, free of charge. We work with homeowners in Surrey, North Vancouver and neighboring areas.