What Are The Pros And Cons Of The Different Roofing Materials?

Choosing the type of roofing material for your home comes with a variety of options today. There is a wide selection of colors to choose from as well as several different types of material that can change the overall look of your home. Your Cumming roofer, Cornerstone, will be happy to provide a free roofing consultation.

Common Shingle Types

Composition shingles provide a clean look and are quite affordable. Choosing asphalt or fiberglass provides a more durable shingle.

They come in a large variety of colors and types, are low maintenance and provide Class A fire protection. On the downside, they are not as wind resistant as other materials.

Wood shakes have a wide variation in color, width and thickness, giving each home a unique natural look. Installation requires an experienced contractor like the trusted Dahlonega roofing team at Cornerstone.

Wood provides energy benefits; however it requires regular proper maintenance and repair. Mold, rot and insects are often a problem.

Other Shingle Types For Your Roof

Slate is shingle like pieces of rock that offers a very natural look to your home. Slate has a long lifespan, low maintenance, is invulnerable to rot and insects, provides good fire protection, and comes in a variety of colors.

Slate is expensive, and heavy, requiring more roofing support. It is breakable if walked on, making maintenance or cleaning more difficult.

Clay roofing tiles are often used on homes that have a southwestern, Spanish or Italian look. Clay has a long lifespan, will not rot or burn and is impervious to insects. Clay is low maintenance and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles.

Clay is heavy, requiring extra roofing support. Investigate whether the color is applied or kiln-fired – applied fades with time; kiln-fired is permanent.

Metal roofs can be made to resemble wood, clay, or shingles. Metal is durable, fire retardant and virtually maintenance free.  Metal is lightweight and energy efficient.

The initial installation cost is typically higher and is complex requiring a qualified roofing contractor to perform the job.

If you are thinking of having a new roof installed on your house or have questions about what roof to put on your future home, our roofing experts can answer your questions. Call Gainesville, GA roofer, Cornerstone Roofing, today for a free roofing consultation.

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