The roof is the most ignored area of the house. People just want to get it done with at a low cost. The only criterion is that it should look good. There are many options when it comes to choosing a roofing material. The most common being asphalt shingles. It is the most common type of roofing material. Also known as composite shingles, it is in high demand because it is least expensive and easy to install. A fiberglass medium topped with asphalt and granules of other minerals forms the asphalt shingles. Typically, these shingles come with a warranty of almost 25 to 30 years. Asphalt shingles lend the roof an attractive and chic quality.
Another popular roofing material is profiled metal roofing. The best thing about metal roofing is that it is fire resistant and not prone to attack from insects and rodents. As such it is good to have on any building. Installation of metal roofing requires skilled labor. Most importantly it can be applied over the existing roof. Depending on the type of metal used, the metal roofing can turn out to be somewhat expensive. One negative with using metal roof cladding in your roof restoration project is the thermal movement of the metal in extreme weather conditions.
Rubber roofing for buildings that dont have sloped roofs is a popular choice. If it is the case that you have a near flat roof to be reroofed then rolled rubber roofing is the way to go. It is not very beautiful to look at but, then again, it is used on flat roofs out of sight so nobody can see it. It is generally cheap compared to alternatives, and its installation is fast and easy. The best thing about this roofing is that it is excellent at holding back moisture and manufactures offer long guarantee periods on their product.
Slate shingles look great but not all slate is the same, and yet it is the most durable of all roofing materials. It is said that the best slate will outlast the fasteners that are used to hold it in place. Unfortunately, it has the tendency to break off in thin layers if not handled carefully. The other drawback is that it is heavy and it makes for a long and slow installation process. Therefore, its installation requires to be done by qualified professionals. Slate shingles are very expensive but being stone they give an all-natural appeal to the roof.
Wood shingles in the past was used almost everywhere for roofing. However, this practice has now reduced tremendously. The main reason behind it is that the fire codes forbid its use. In some areas, wood treated with fire resistant materials is still used for roofing. It gives an old world rustic charm to the roof of a building. Its two main drawbacks are that its life expectancy is half that of other materials, and it is a very expensive material in 2015. Whatever roofing material you use, it is still advisable to have a look at your budget and requirements, before deciding upon one. Remember though that the roof is going to protect your building and its occupants from external weather elements for many years if the right materials and contractor is chosen.
Many roofing contractors do not install timber shingle roofing tiles but if you live in Sydney Australia, you can find a Roof Restoration Western Suburbs Sydney contractor who does do the installation of these.