If you are going to invest in an exterior remodel, the roof is a smart place to begin. Roof replacement is going to cost a lot of money, but is going to have a lot of positive impacts on your property. Most importantly, a new roofing material is going to completely change the way that your house looks. However, some homeowners will be equally happy with the fact that a new roof can increase insulation of their home, and ultimately help significantly reduce their monthly bills. Of course, when it comes to style and energy efficiency, not all products are the same. This article takes a close look at wooden shingles and clay tiles. These are two of the most common and affordable residential roofing materials.
Homeowners all over the world love the look of clay tiles. The natural pinkish hue of these tiles has been loved all over the world for centuries. It is used for roofing everywhere from Europe to Japan. Of course, Spanish tile roofs are made out of clay. Similarly, terra-cotta is also a clay product.
One reason that clay has been used on roofs so long is the fact that it is easy to make, readily available all over the world, affordable, and relatively durable. That is, clay is waterproof and can last for years without much maintenance. The main drawback to clay is that it can be a little brittle, so you don't want to walk on it. Also, it is a little porous, meaning it can absorb moisture, which can lead to moss growth. Also, it isn't the best insulator. However, since clay is so affordable, many people will still install it and just add extra insulation to the roof deck.
Wood shingles are another one of the most popular roofing products. They are used all over the world because wood, is obviously available everywhere. The wood used on roofing is tempered and weatherized to withstand all of the exposure to sun and moisture. This means, unlike hardwood floors, it doesn't need to be resealed, stained or painted over the years. Wood is similar to clay tiles in the fact that it isn't the best insulator. But, just like with clay, the roof deck can be insulated very cheaply. Roof is probably one of most popular materials because it is so easy to install. Wood shingles are relatively easy to self install because they are light and easy to tack down.
Reach out to a roofing company like Premier Tri-state Roofing Inc for more info. .