There are numerous styles of roofing materials as well as dozens of outlets and websites where these materials can be searched for and ultimately purchased. The most common types of roofing are wood shingles, asphalt shingles and clay or cement tile. With the exception of wood shingles most roofing materials are available in various styles and colors that will suit a particular design scheme or one’s personal taste. However, before buying any materials it is necessary to determine which type of roofing is most suitable for a particular project.
With new construction projects the type of roofing to be used is often determined by an architect and those determinations usually consider any adverse climate conditions as well as design criteria. Certainly geographical areas that receive a lot of rainfall and snow would require a different type of roofing than areas that tend to be a more arid or are subject to strong winds at times of the year. The selection of a roofing material for a remodel will also be predicated on these factors and of course the final selection may likely be similar to the existing roofing.
As for the type of roofing that is most suitable, wood shingles are a durable all weather roofing that performs well in moderate climates and even in areas where moderate snowfall is predictable. These shingle are available in standard 4” wide x ½ thick uniform shingles as well as thicker hand-split medium and heavy shake shingles. Wood shingles are installed over a double layer of asphalt felt underlayment which complements the weather resistant factor. A properly installed shingle roof can be counted on for 20 to 25 years of reliable protection.
Asphalt based roofing materials such as 60 lb. three-tab shingles and 90 lb. roll roofing are the best all around selection for a roofing material. This roofing is moderately priced and performs well in hot climates because it will not dry out and shrink as wood shingles are known to do. In addition this petroleum-based roofing is reliable where heavy rainfall is expected and each of the three tab shingles has a mastic patch that helps to keep the lip of the shingle tight to the roof during high winds. These roofing materials are available in numerous colors and styles and are offered with 20, 30 and 50 year protection warranties.
With regard to these protection warranties a clay or cement roofing tile is considered to be a lifetime protection roofing material. These pre-cast tiles will not shrink or allow water penetration and can be obtained in a variety of colors and textures. However, certain types of clay tile such as S-tile is not recommended in windy areas since they have an open end and are prone to lift in strong winds.
And finally, buying any roofing should involve price comparison and the application of any recommendations from those who are knowledgeable such as vendors and established roofing contractors.