If it’s time to re-roof your home this spring, there are several things to consider in choosing the material you will use. Apart from building codes in your area, which may heavily impact your decision, you will need to consider both a variety of roofing materials and ease of installation.
Basic roof choices include:
Asphalt- These roofs, which come in many colors, are versatile and ‘architecturally correct’ in almost every region of the country.
Wood shakes and shingles- Generally made of cedar, this material was commonly used on older houses because it has an attractive, rustic appearance and is a natural insulator. Falling out of favor in recent decades as a fire hazard, it is regaining popularity as synthetic wood shingles now available offer the look of wood but with fire safety.
Clay tile- Common in Southwestern architecture, clay tile is available in traditional Spanish and Italian designs.
Slate- Unless you are replacing a slate roof on a historically authentic home, you will likely want to choose more lightweight composites made from stone and concrete.
Fiber cement- Durable and available in many textures and colors, fiber cement is sensible especially in areas near the ocean that must withstand salt air and wind but it is heavy and can be difficult to repair.
Other things to consider:
Ease of installation- Asphalt and wood are lightweight and easy to install and repair, although wood shakes must be laid over open planks. Clay, slate and fiber cement are heavy, requiring strong supports, and they are a bit more difficult to install.
Longevity- An asphalt roof should last 12-25 years, while wood shakes may last from 25-50 years. Synthetic wood roofs are expected to last from 30 to 50 years. Clay tile should last up to 50 years, slate between 50 and100 years, and fiber cement should give you 20 to 30 years of durability.
If you have questions about roofing or need a referral, give us a call today at 775-432-6300.
By Barbara Pronin, RISMedia Columnist