When someone decides to have a new roof put in, they have a number of options available to them. They may decide to have gutters replaced at the same time or have an underlayment added. However, one of the most important choices someone will likely make is what roofing material to have Essex County roofers install.
The roofing material that a homeowner chooses will determine how effective their roof is at insulating their home, how it looks and how long it lasts. Many homeowners go with asphalt roofing, which is installed on most new homes, but they can also choose from wood, metal and tile.
It is important to note that it's best to install a roof that is no heavier than the roof that a home was installed with. The roofing materials used when a home is built will generally determine the roof's load bearing capacity, so homes built with lighter roofing are not likely to be able to support heavy roofing. This means for many people that tile roofing, which can be very heavy, is out. Homeowners may have their foundation upgraded and have additional supports and load bearing walls put in, but this is not recommended and can be very expensive.
One of the reasons that asphalt is such a common roofing choice is because it is a low cost, easy to install material, so labor costs are also affordable.
The roofers from All Professional Remodeling of Essex County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, siding or skylights.
Asphalt shingles are hydrophobic, meaning that they repel water, and they resist rotting, cracking and being torn off in high winds. The downside is that they have a fairly short lifespan compared to other options, and they can warp in extreme heat.
Wood roofing is an infrequent choice because it tends to be expensive and often has a shorter lifespan than tile. It is normally chosen because of how attractive it is, and it can provide solid insulation, but it is also very flammable.
Metal roofs can be made with a variety of materials, and they generally last around 50 years. They are lightweight enough to be installed on most homes with asphalt roofs, and they aren't vastly more expensive than asphalt. They reflect sunlight, which helps to keep homes cool. However, these roofs may show dents and can be loud when it rains.
The most durable roofing material is tile, which can last a lifetime, but it also tends to be both the most expensive and heaviest material, taking it out of the running as an option for most homeowners.