Morris County Roofers: Article About Selecting Roofing Material
Morris County roofers know that there are a lot of options available for homeowners when they choose to replace their existing roof. There are many man made products like asphalt, sheet metal and plastic polymers. There are also natural materials like slate and wood. Each roofing material has its advantages and its negative side. Each can add a distinctive quality to a home.
As they go through the process of selecting a roofing material, homeowners should be asking themselves things like: How long will the materials they select last? How will it stand up to the elements or natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires? Will the existing roofing frame support the weight of the material? How will the material work with the slope of the home? Is it environmentally friendly or recyclable? These are just a few of the questions that homeowners can consider.
As a homeowner goes about answering these questions, it is good for them to make their own pros and cons list, as this will help them to determine whether or not a particular material is suited for their home. For example, when looking at asphalt shingles, homeowners can consider factors such as their appearance.
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Asphalt shingles can be purchased in a thin three tab variety or a thick architectural shingle that mimics the appearance of wood and slate. The shingles are either made from organic paper or a fiberglass mat that is coated with asphalt and mineral granules. Since the shingles are petroleum based, they are not environmentally friendly. They have a moderate weight that allows them to work with fairly low to steeper slope roofs. Asphalt shingles provide adequate fire resistance and wind resistance. They are one of the least expensive roofing options available.
A metal roof, on the other hand, is a lot more expensive than asphalt. A wide array of metals can be used including copper, steel, zinc alloy or aluminum. Some metals, such as steel, need to be painted or to have a coating. Copper, on the other hand, can be left unfinished as it will develop its own patina with age. Metal roofs can come in sheets or in shingles and can be fabricated to look like natural roofing materials. Metal roofs are environmentally friendly since they are made from recycled materials and can be recycled once they have run their life course. Metal is a good material for both low slope and steep slope roofs.
After a homeowner has evaluated the pros and cons of different materials, they can then make a selection based on what is right for them and their home.