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Choosing Roofing Materials

By on September 20, 2018

The roof of a house don’t just play the most critical role in the protection of the house, it also plays a significant role to the character in which the house exudes.

For example, a metal roof is incorporated by architects for more modern building design. While a clay roof immediately triggers the sense of a Mediterranean house.

Yet focusing on design elements when choosing roofing materials can lead to heartbreak. This is because different materials perform better in different locations due to environmental and climate issues.

Moreover, logistical limitations might mean that you might only be able to see the material in person by traveling halfway across the country.

Sometimes some types of roof material are so uncommon that there are not many importers that bring them in from Asia or Europe.

The reason you need to see them in person is that seeing a single sample tile is never enough to paint a picture in your head of how it would look like when put together.

Interior designers and those in the creative field might be able to visualize how it would look like, but the average homeowner might not be able to do that.

This why you might need to do some traveling in order to see the selected roofing material en masse.

It would be a nightmare if you put in an order for a particular material that the roofer or contractor has no inventory. And after ordering them and having them delivered from Italy, you turn out absolutely loathing the look of it in real life.

If you are constructing a house from scratch after securing a land parcel, the material used for the roof is taken into account when the builder drafts the structural drawings for the home.

This implies that a change in material can also affect the overall home plan.


If you are working within a tight budget, the roof should not be a place to penny pick.

Unlike redoing a paint job or replacing the tiles in the toilet, replacing a roof is a huge undertaking that don’t just cost a lot of money, but a lot of inconvenience as well.

This is why it is worthwhile to spend a little more on it… even if it eats into a bigger portion of your budget than you first allocated to it.

Even so, splurging on a good dependable roof can save your money over the long run.

Energy efficient roofs for example, can save you thousands of dollar in utility bills from the reduced costs of heating and cooling.

So whatever you pay upfront, you will be able to get them back over the years ahead.

In addition to that most homeowners would probably prefer slate roofs over composition roofs. But decide on the latter due to budget constraints.

If you really cannot afford slate roofs now, but determined to change to them in the future, make sure to let that be known to engineer preparing the structurals for the house.

Structurals can be very different for these two types of roofs.

Foundations and framing for composition roofs might not be able to handle the weight of slate roofs.

So do ensure that the structure is able to accommodate both types of roofs.

Types of materials

Some of the common types of roofing materials include:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Metal shingles
  • Wood shakes
  • Slate
  • Concrete or clay tiles
  • etc

Asphalt shingles are one of the popular because of the good value that it is perceived to offer. While they are versatile in design, certain types of architectural design will make it very unsuitable toward the overall look.

Metal Shingles are strong and sturdy often fabricated with steel or aluminum. They last for ages and does very well with shedding water and snow. Yet for the durability that is a feature of it, they are surprisingly lightweight.

Wood shakes are thicker and are gorgeous for certain types of home design. The problem with them is that they are prone to corrosion when not treated and finished well. Moreover, it can be a potential fire hazard when improperly treated with fire retardants.

Slate offers a classic look that has been a favorite of many for decades. In general, they can last for about 50 years. The main reason why many homeowner love it but don’t opt for it is due to it’s high costs. Be wary of merchants trying to sell you fake slate.

Concrete and clay tiles can be fragile. But the former is known to be sturdier than the latter. Yet they cost amusingly expensive. Because of this they are often chosen by homeowners mainly due to the aesthetic design needs. This is because they can resemble the beauty of wood shakes but with less of the problems associated with wood.

More common roofing material include:

  • Ceramic tiles
  • Composition roll
  • Corrugated metal
  • Synthetic clay
  • etc

With all that said, do consider incorporating solar panels on the roof for a more energy efficient house. They will eventually pay for themselves via the savings from utility bills.

It’s a small part that we all can play to save the planet.

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