Roofing Material

 

Composite Shingles

Combines asphalt, ceramic coated granulates, and fiberglass, into a durable and cost-effective roofing material. Widly ranging in pricing and quality with warranties from 5 to 50 years. Composite shingles are the most common type of roofing material for this reason, and is often selected by HOA's and most construction contractors.

  • Usually fire-rated.
  • Can reduce insurance premiums.
  • Greatest risks:
    • Improper installation.
    • Cheap materials.
    • Insufficient ventilation.
 

Cedar Shakes

Usually selected for their aesthetic, cedar shakes can have a very long life if properly maintained. However, maintenance on cedar shakes is the most frequent and most costly of roofing materials. Without proper maintenance, cedar shakes may quickly rot, become a fire hazard, and will attract a wide variety of pests.

  • Good appearance.
  • Long life.
  • Greatest risks:
    • Improper maintenance.
    • Fire hazard.
    • Pests and rot.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are starting a comeback, primarily due to low maintenance and long life. While often requiring the most investment, metal roofs can outlast all others if properly maintained. Installation requires professionals experienced with metal roofing, as well as attic and roof ventilation balance.

  • Very long life.
  • No fire risk.
  • Can reduce insurance premiums.
  • Greatest risks:
    • Improper installation.
    • Insufficient ventilation.

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