Roofs cover us every day but we rarely think much about what a roof is made of. The composition and type of roof you have can impact many aspects of your daily life without you even realizing it. Peak Roofing & Construction has put together a list of the most common roofing materials and their effect on your home or business.
Asphalt is commonly what residential roofs are made of. They are inexpensive, durable, and fit the aesthetics of most buildings. With proper maintenance, asphalt shingles are a great material to use. However, it is crucial that you check for damaged areas not only on the shingles themselves, but also around flashing. Holes can develop in the seal and quickly cause water damage.
Shake roofs are made of treated wooden shingles, though they are also offered in composite. They are split on one side so they have more of a traditional residential appeal. Wooden shake roofing is expensive and high-maintenance, while it’s composite counterpart is longer lasting. If you want a rustic aesthetic with the added benefit of durability, consider composite shake roofing.
Slate Roofing is a smooth stone that has been used for roofing for many years. It has a special slick appearance that screams high quality and class. It comes in a variety of colors, not just slate grey, and can last a long time if properly maintained. However, it can be extremely fragile which may be a concern in storm-prone areas of the country.
Metal roofing’s use in the residential market is skyrocketing. Metal roofs last two or three times longer than asphalt, protects better against the elements, and helps to reflect the sun resulting in energy savings. Metal is available in many colors and textures to match the character of your home or business.