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Re-Roofing Popular Materials to Update the Appearance of Your Residence

by Lily Carroll

Homeowners will tend to neglect their roof as they assume it is guaranteed to last a lifetime. If you have constructed a new residence, chances are you may not have to consider roof replacement as long as it was installed professionally. However, if you have bought an older home, you need to bear in mind that there may come a point where roof repairs may not suffice in maintaining the structural integrity of your roofing. However, selecting a new roof does not have to be exclusively for functional reasons. Knowing the various materials that are available will enable you to choose one that would also update the aesthetic of your structure. Below are some of the popular roofing materials you can consider to update the appearance of your home.

Asphalt roofing

This is one of the most common material that is used for re-roofing. These shingles have remained a popular choice, as they are an affordable option to choose. Nonetheless, their affordability does not compromise on their appearance, as they are also one of the more attractive shingles that you could install. Asphalt shingles come in an assortment of colours, thus they will always complement or match your structures overall colour scheme. It should also be noted that asphalt shingles are much easier to install when compared to other roofing materials. This translates into cost-effective labour, which brings the price of re-roofing even lower.

Nevertheless, asphalt roofing does have some drawbacks. Firstly, the shingles are not one of the most durable options. They are prone to cracking so you should be prepared to replace the shingles once in a while. Secondly, asphalt singles do not enhance the insulation of your home as some other roofing materials are capable of doing.

Clay roofing

If you would like to add a touch of elegance to your residence, which would increase its resale value, then you should consider clay roofing tiles. These come in various styles including scalloped, flat or ribbed tiles. Clay tiles are also significantly heavier than other roofing materials, which makes them more resistant to high impact. This type of roofing is especially suitable if you are looking to create a Mediterranean or Spanish style theme in your home.

However, clay tiles are one of the more expensive options that you could invest in. Moreover, some structures will need additional fortification so that the roofing can bear the weight of the clay ties. This will inevitably increase your installation costs.