Auburn Roofing: Article About Choosing Roofing Material
Auburn Roofing can meet any residential roofing need. Whether the roof has been damaged by a storm or the old roof has given in to wear and tear, this Edgewood based contractor is dedicated to providing exceptional roofing experiences in the Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma area.
One of the most important decisions a contractor will help a customer with is deciding what type of material to use in the job. There are several materials to choose from, each with its pros and cons. Each option also comes with its own price considerations.
The most popular type of roofing material is asphalt, or composite shingles. Composite shingles are made of fiberglass topped with asphalt and mineral granules. Composite shingles generally last 20 to 30 years. Asphalt shingles are easy to replace and come in many different colors to match the exterior look of the home.
For flat roofs, rolled roofing may be the best choice. Rolled roofing is made of essentially the same material as composite shingles; however, it is thinner and installed in long strips. Black rolled roofing is one of the cheapest options for roofing material and is made for flat or very low-pitch roofs.
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Rolled roofing may also be used on sheds and outbuildings which are not visible from the front of the house and will not detract from the house's curb appeal.
Metal roofing, which was once limited to commercial buildings, is now available in colors and finishes that make it a good material for many residential applications. Metal roofing is resistant to fire and insects that may damage wood shingles. Metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt, but it lasts longer. Many metal roofing products are made from some recycled materials and are generally recyclable at the end of their lifetime.
Slate roofing tiles are heavy, expensive, and long-lasting. Because of its weight, one consideration with slate roofing is whether the underlying structure of the home is sturdy enough to support a slate roof.
Like slate, terra cotta tiles are durable and weather resistant and are particularly popular for Spanish or Mediterranean themed home exteriors. In order to reduce the cost while maintaining the visual appeal of terra cotta tiles, a customer may choose one of the synthetic tiles on the market.
Wood shakes are particularly popular on structures in natural areas. Wood shakes are susceptible to damage from termites and wood borers. Some wood shakes are treated with preservatives or moss inhibitors. However, if the homeowner is concerned about environmental issues, natural untreated wood shakes may be the preferred choice.
The contractor will help a homeowner choose the right material to match his house as well as his budget.