5 roof types for your home’s look and function

Every home has a roof. As the old phrase goes, a “roof over our heads” is one of the major needs we have in life. But what kind of roof does your home feature? Or what kind should it feature, if you’re in the market? Here are some to look for, along with their benefits, uses, and styles.

Asphalt Shingles

First, we will look at the most common type. Asphalt shingles are affordable, durable, and as such you’ve probably seen them everywhere. Black in color and more flexible than other materials, asphalt shingles are also quite versatile and easily applicable in most roofing scenarios.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing materials are becoming more common on homes due to the durability they boast. And unlike asphalt shingles and others like clay or concrete, it can be painted to fit the owner’s desires and style. Metal roofing is very effective at letting moisture and water roll off it preventing any excess weight from gathered water. It can however be dented by hail or other falling debris such as tree branches. It is the next cheapest option to asphalt shingles and offers some greater protection.

Clay Shingles

Clay shingles are most commonly found on homes influenced by Spanish architecture. It is among the most aesthetically pleasing options for a roof and holds up well to many elements. Though the material itself is likely to break when stepped on, it is very resistant to heat and high winds. This option works best in dryer hot climates. This is the most expensive option on this list in most applications but is a great option for a beautiful look without sacrificing durability in the elements.

Wood Shingles/cedar shakes

Wood shingles have been used for hundreds of years and are loved today for their durability and most of all their look. Wood shingles or cedar shakes are a very popular choice for completing a cohesive farmhouse or “old America” look to a home with very pleasing results. It can last for a good number of years as well, though not as long as the other materials listed here. If you live in a rainy area, the material used must be properly treated moisture-resistant wood to prevent faster decay. This can be a pricier option but usually falls around middle of the road on cost. And it is certainly a beautiful look for a home and holds up well to elements!

Built up flat roofs

Have a home with a flat roof? Your home most likely has a roof of this type like many small or large commercial buildings. Flat roofs are most often covered in a mixture of layers of tar, roofing asphalt, or gravel. Flat roofs require a great deal of water repelling nature due to gathered water having no way to roll off naturally. Flat roofs when treated well are middle of the road cost-wise and have a great deal of durability.

In all types of products listed here, the quality of the roof relies on the quality of material and service. We here at Schaefer Exteriors pride ourselves on our quality workmanship and pick the best materials for any roofing job. We hope you found this article helpful and will choose us for your next roofing job!