Many people don’t commit much time to understanding the surface of their roof and, let’s face it, they probably shouldn’t dedicate much time to it unless they are roofers or preparing to get roof work done on their home or business. Another thing most people don’t think about is how the environment effects their roof. Some materials can become hot to the point they are dangerous to even touch while other materials can become damaged by being exposed to too much water or temperatures that are extremely low. Fluctuations in weather, especially of the extreme variety, can really play havoc on your roof.
Having the right materials for the environment around your home can save you a lot of money and discomfort in the long run. Having your roof redone is an extremely expensive process and one that nobody wants to repeat or do more often than is absolutely necessary. Aside from the cost of replacing or upgrading your roof, having a roof fail can put you and your family out of your home and potentially for a long time which can also carry burdensome cost depending on what your insurance will cover.
The weather and environment around your home can also dictate when your roof can be worked on. The job of a roof worker carries inherent risk and a roof with the wrong materials for the environment can amplify the level of risk that comes with the work. If you have a roofing failure and roof workers cannot work on your roof under the current conditions, you and your family will be put in an uncomfortable and unexpected for an extended amount of time.
Having a basic knowledge of your roof and it’s materials can help you avoid many an inconvenience and save a good amount of money as time goes.
There are many roofing materials available on the market and making a selection for your roof can get overwhelming if you don’t have knowledge about the materials you have to choose between. The purpose of this blog entry is to equip you with some basic knowledge on various roofing materials to help bring some ease to your selection process. We will briefly outline various materials in the following paragraphs.
Metal: Usually constructed with aluminum or steel and considered the strongest overall option when it comes to durability and longevity. Zinc, titanium and copper are also sometimes used in metal roofing although they can be more expensive.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin: Blends of plastics or metal alloys, TPO’s are commonly used on both residential and commercial buildings that have slopeless roofs. They can be applied to slight slopes as well. They are very durable and the membranes come in varying thickness.
PVC: A long lasting polymer PVC is a flexible and UV resistant. Most commonly used on commercial buildings, PVC membranes are thick and ideal for long term use.
Shingles: The most common roofing material, shingles are affordable and durable. Shingles are made of several materials including wood, cellulose and asphalt. Found in almost every neighborhood in America, shingles are the king of roofing materials and they aren’t unseating the throne any time soon.
Synthetic Tiles: An alternative for wood and slate, synthetic and composite tiles are an efficient and more environmentally friendly substitute for other roofing materials. To the naked eye these tiles are almost indistinguishable from the genuine materials they are imitating. These materials can save you money on your power bill as they can add a considerable amount of efficiency to your homes energy use.
There are tons of options out there and innovations are always being made. Having even basic knowledge on roofing materials can help you construct the roof that best fits you and your building.