Exploring the Options for Roofing

Replacing your roof is an extensive and possibly expensive project. But as times passes, the quality of your roofing will deteriorate leaving you to consider your options with this home improvement. The choice of materials, design and installation are vast, but with a little research you can find the style that best suits your home and budget.

Asphalt Shingles Still a Popular Choice

Long the roofing of choice for suburban homes, asphalt shingle roofing has changed a lot over the years. No longer available in only one or two styles and colors, shingles come in a wide range of shapes, colors and profiles.

There are the traditional 3-panel shingles that come in various tones and shades. Color combinations are very popular and add a certain depth to this common shingle. Look for other profiles as well, including fringed or fray edges, geometric shapes and dual-layered shingles that create physical depth and help the shingles to last longer.

Typically asphalt shingle roofing is rated and sold by the length of the warranty. You'll find 15 year shingles at the bottom of the line and 30 or 35 year types at the top. Prices vary widely depending on the manufacturer and style.

Metal Roofing Goes Residential

Long used on commercial applications, metal roofing is now a viable option for homeowners. Today's metal roofing comes in sheets that can be installed on standard residential roofing support. The sheets can be manufactured to mimic clay tiles, shingles or shakes. Finishes are factory applied and the guarantee is rock solid - often covering the lifetime of your home.

Most of the time it's the price that turns people away. Much more of an initial outlay is required, although often when averaged out over the lifespan of the roof metal is affordable. Also, metal roofing is not loud in the rain as many people assume. It's a solid finish that is installed in a method similar to shingles. The difference is that metal will not rot and deteriorate over time - it simply maintains the initial beauty for years and years.

Old World Charm Makes a Comeback

Clay tiles roofing is showing up all over the country, instead of being confined to the south and west coast regions. This specialty product is expensive, but it delivers incredible visual appeal and strength that may surprise you. Roofers claim that clay tile roofing can be installed and left for decades, maybe even over a century, without the need for replacement and, if you're lucky, repairs.

Dealing with tiles is best left to a professional and it's not recommended that you walk on the roof when this product is installed. Clay tiles are also made from a natural product and come in a selection of attractive colors that compliment any home style and finish.

If it's time for a roofing replacement, think positively. Now is your chance to completely change the look of your home. Or if you would like to stick with the same dependable product, new roofing will always deliver a fresh, up-to-date look for your home. Try traditional asphalt shingles in your choice of color, modern metal roofing for a lifetime of dependable coverage or the old world beauty of clay tiles. Find a reputable roofer and go through the possibilities before deciding on the new look of your home.

Posted by: diana
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