When it comes to roofs, it seems like there's as many materials to make them out of as there are styles to choose from. When considering a roof material, it can be tempting to just let your contractor handle it, but think again -- there are lots of factors to consider, and your contractor might not know about all of them. So if you're installing a new roof and don't know where to start when it comes to picking out material, then here's a few to consider.
Material #1: Plastic Polymer
Certainly one of the more versatile materials out there, plastic polymer is incredibly durable, low maintenance, and can be shaped into pretty much any shape imaginable, as far as shingles go. It is also almost always made out of recycled plastic, which takes some waste out of landfills and repurposes it -- which is great for the environment. Unfortunately, the better a product is for the earth, the pricier it tends to be, and plastic polymer is no exception, with a moderate-to-high price tag, as far as roofing materials go.
Material #2: Asphalt
The best option as far as cost goes, asphalt tiles are known for their low price tag and versatility when it comes to the slope of your roof -- both factors contributing to asphalt's place as the number one most popular roofing material in the country. It has good fire and wind resistance, so if you live in a dry and windy climate, this is possibly the best option you could ask for. However, asphalt can be heavy, which leads to needing a stronger support structure, and isn't very good for the environment at all, as it comes from petroleum.
Material #3: Slate
Possibly the oldest material (apart from thatch) used for roofing, slate is gorgeous and can be subtly multicolored, adding a layer of dimension to your roof. It's also quite eco-friendly, as it's made from natural materials, and it resistant to most natural phenomena. However, slate is one of the most expensive materials for roofing, as it requires specialty installation and can only be applied to a heavily sloped roof.
The Bottom Line
When it comes down to it, you need a roof that will last a long time, will complement the rest of your facade, and will be able to stand up under its own weight. If you are really tied to a certain type of stone, but it won't stand up under your home's weather conditions, try asking about different coatings -- there are certain coatings your roofer can apply to weatherproof your more delicate tiles. For more information, check out companies such as Absolute Roofing.
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