Overview Of A Few Roofing Materials


 Roofing   materials  are one of the most important items on your shopping list once the basic skeleton of your new home is over and done with. The box that makes up wall covers and sub-floor will be finished only when the new  roof  is laid out. There are many factors that affect the cost of a new home but  roofing   materials  make up a big chunk of it. The  roofing   material  not only impacts the immediate finances but also affect your expenses in the long-term through repair and renovations.

There are several  roofing   materials  that are popular and widely used. We will explore a few in details. There are some useful tips to help you select the ideal  roof . Not all  roofs  are suited for every  roofing  need. Flat  roofs  differ significantly from sloping ones and their  roofing  needs are quite different. If the  roofs  are designed with lots of gables, dormers, chimneys and vent pipes then  roofing   materials  have to be bought that can adapt to match these needs.

Asphalt Shingle

The most commonly used  roofing   material  is asphalt. The reasons are not far to seek. As a versatile  roofing   material  it has few peers. It is inexpensive, easy to lay and lasts for 10-15 years. This shingle is manufactured with a fiberglass base and into this asphalt is impregnated on either side. When granules of asphalt are added to the shingles it gives a nice textured look.

Asphalt shingles are available in two kinds. The standard size and thicker ones. The thicker shingles are more expensive, last longer have laminated look. The last around 25 years. Thinner shingles are less expensive, is not as good when it comes to looks and is less durable too.


Wood was once one of the most popular  roofing   materials  for home construction all over the world. It is still popular in countries where it is cheap and plentiful. But, with the forests becoming scarcer and environmental laws tougher wood is getting to be a lot more expensive than before. Another, deterrent is the lower fire resistance of wood. The stringent fire prevention laws have limited the use of this versatile medium.


Metals are also a popular alternative in  roofing  and have been in use for a long time. The most commonly used metals are aluminum, steel, copper, copper mixed with asphalt. These  roofs  can be laid out either as shingles or in sheet form. The come in both types and have to be ordered according to your needs.

If you are using aluminum or steel then they are installed in sheet form with seams. If using lead or copper with asphalt then it is available as shingles. Metal  roofs  are very expensive ranging from $250 – $750 per square.


Source by Booker Columbo