Before, buildings were being roofed with asphalt shingles, concrete tiles, or slates. With times changing, advanced roofing materials which are available in different designs, prices, and shapes are now being used.
For homebuilders or homeowners seeking to learn more about roofing materials, here are some different types of modern roofing materials.
Types of Roofing Materials
Just as the name implies, solar tiles are great for sunny roofs especially in areas where solar panels are not accepted. They could help when it comes to energy-saving especially when working with solar power. On the other hand, they are more expensive than traditional solar systems. They have been noted to generate up to 1 kilowatt of energy.
The new and used building material like asphalt shingles are the most popular types of roofing materials used in most parts of the world because they are flexible and quickly adapt to different environmental settings. They are known to be durable and not expensive as compared to other roofing materials.
The new and used building material like metal roofing always comes in different designs such as vertical panels, shingles-like slate, or tiles and has long durability. Metal roofing is great for heavy snow, windy, and rainy periods. The roofing material is light and can even be used on already installed roofs. The downside with this roofing material is that they can be noisy when it is raining and are not too expensive.
Stone-coated steel roofing is good for heavy rains or windy regions since they have been built to resist damages that can come from them. They are also economical and a good choice for areas prone to fire disasters.
Slate roofing is strong and they are quite durable (can last for more than 100years). They do not burn because they are waterproof and resistant to mold and fungi which makes them an excellent choice for wet climates. The slate roofing is heavy though costly and can easily break when they are stepped on.
Rubber slate appears natural and is also very durable though they are prone to damage from satellite dishes.
Clay and concrete tiles
Clay and concrete roofing are also a great choice for roof buildings. They are strong enough to resist damage from hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. They make a great choice for areas that are dry or warm but they need extra support to contain the weight of the roof and may break when stepped on.
Green roofs are shielded with plants and can add the quality of air while insulating homes to reduce the effects of heat, especially in super sunny areas. Nonetheless, these types of roofing need additional structural support. Some of the structural support they need include; waterproofing, plants, water filtration, soil, and vapor barrier.
This type of roofing is usually heavy and is made up of multiple layers of tar, asphalt, or adhesives and they are most suitable for flat roofs. Using tar and gravel roofs also work well for flat roofs.
Built-up roofs may become sticky during snow and are challenging for snow shoveling. The best type of roof greatly depends on the climate, budget, and type of house being built.