As a modern homeowner, you will have noticed that you have a huge amount of options available when it comes to deciding the roof you want. There are green roofs, slate roofs, tile roofs, asphalt shingles, cedar roofs, and more. The choices are so wide that they may seem confusing. So how do you choose? The best thing to do is to get a trusted Chicago roofing contractor to your property and listen to their advice. But that doesn’t mean you can’t at least learn a little bit about your options first.
There are a number of factors that may influence your roof of choice, with the aesthetic factor being the most important one. But besides that, you should consider:
- The environment and climate around your property. Moist and damp locations are not suited to wooden shingles. Cedar does work, as it is water-resistant. But slate or metal is probably the better option.
- Your budget. Obviously, roofs are not cheap, regardless of which option you choose from. You will have a certain budget that you need to stick to, and a good contractor should be able to help you with that.
- Energy efficiency. If you get an energy efficient roof, you may spend a bit more, but your energy bills will drop. So, eco-friendly may be a good option.
Types of Roofs
So what choices do you have?
- Wooden shingles, which are processed in order to prevent rot and warping. Do make sure you choose cedar shingles, as those are the most water resistant of all. There is swan cedar roofing and tapered cedar roofing, so it can look like you want it to look. Cedar is a beautiful type of wood, so the aesthetic element is taken care of.
- Asphalt roofing, which is one of the most long lasting products and it can cope with virtually any climate. It is also quite affordable and can last as long as 20 years.
- Slate roofs, which look really classy and are high durable. If maintained properly, they can last around 10 years. They are expensive, however, as they must be installed by skilled stonemasons.
- Metal roofs, which are highly durable and they can keep the inside of your property cool by reflecting the light. Usually, metal roofs are either galvalume or galvanized. Galvalume is particularly popular in areas with frequent hurricanes.
- Clay tiles, which look really nice, particularly as they can come with different designs. They are far more affordable than slate, protection your home from insects, decay, and mold, and they are fire resistant.
- Green roofs, which essentially means that you will be growing plants on your roof. The most eco-friendly option out there, and one that is gaining in popularity. However, don’t think that this means you will have a garden on your roof that you can sunbathe on. You can, however, support local wildlife with a green roof, while at the same time increasing your home insulation and hence lower your energy bills.