Your roof is one of the most important features of your home. Beyond protecting you and your family from the elements, it also helps define the style of your home’s exterior. However, many homeowners choose to stick with traditional options like asphalt shingles when replacing their roof. American Building & Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing materials especially asphalt shingles and metal roofing. While asphalt is an effective and inexpensive option, you may be interested in choosing a material that will make your home really stand out.
Throughout history, different communities refined specialized roofing techniques to best protect their home from a specific environment. Modern technology allows homeowners to focus more on style than on functionality, as nearly any material can be treated to increase longevity and become weather resistant.
If you’re looking to give your home a distinctive look, or have it reflect a certain style, consider replacing your roof with one of the materials in this blog.
1. Wood Shingles
Wood shingles were historically used in Europe and the North American colonies, as well as in more modern architectural styles such as the Tudor Revival. Red cedar is the most common wood used for these shingles, as it is more resistant to decay and more durable than many other types of wood.
Modern wood shingles are carefully cut from a wood block to create a uniform look across the roof. Because the shingles tend to be the same shape and size, they lay flat, creating a solid barrier that is resistant to extreme wind or hail.
Due to their rustic look, wood shingles give your home the appearance of an early European country house or cottage. If you’d like your house to have an air of simplicity and modesty, give wood shingles a try.
The main issues you’ll face with any type of wood roof are rot and moss. Immediately after installing the roof, talk to your roofing contractor about coating the roof with a preservative treatment. Remove any branches around your home that may unnecessarily shade your roof and prevent drying. Clean moss and debris off the roof as frequently as possible, and keep an eye out for signs of rot or cracking.
If the maintenance needs are prohibitive, or you live in an area that bans wood because of fire risks, you can use a composite material that mimics the look of wood shingles. You’ll get the style you want with a smaller environmental impact and less work on your part.
2. Clay Tiles
Clay has been a popular roofing material since the beginning of civilization. You can find clay roofs throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and North and South America. Clay tiles are durable, require little maintenance, and are fire proof, which makes them ideal for a variety of climates.
Although clay tiles come in many styles and colors now, if you’re interested in giving your house the look of a Spanish- or Roman-style villa, opt for overlapping S-shaped tiles in shades of brown, red, or gold. The bright coloring and exotic aesthetic will definitely catch the eye and make your home appealing to buyers looking for something unique.
Though they tend to be more expensive than asphalt, tile roofs have the added benefits of being environmentally friendly, weather resistant,and insulating.
Clay is are silient material-ruins dating back thousands of years still have clay roofs in fairly good condition. For the most part, the tiles themselves won’t require maintenance, but remember to periodically check on the gutters, flashing, and other non-tile elements.
Metal roofs are extremely popular due to their endurance and insulating properties. They rarely deteriorate, and they deflect sunlight. If a metal roof is your ideal, consider choosing copper.
Copper has a distinct red tone that is unmatched by other types of metal. You can find copper embellishments on historic buildings such as the Hagia Sophia and the Florence Cathedral, as it was often used to distinguish public buildings like churches and universities. It has an elegant, regal appearance that can add an air of sophistication to your home.
Like other metals, copper has many properties that make it suitablefor protecting your home. It is resistant to corrosion and bacterial growth, it’s durable while still being light weight, and it is malle able enough to easily cover the most unusually shaped roof.
Copper requires little maintenance, besides the removal of dirt or debris. However, over time, copper will oxidize and develop a protective coating. In its finalstage, this coating is green or blue-green. If you want your home to eventually have the natural weathered look, leave the copper as is.
However, if you want to stall the process and keep the reddish-brown tint for as long as possible, talk to your contractor about a chemical treatment that might slow down the oxidation process.
If any of these roofing types appeal to you, talk to American Building & Roofing about getting the materials and tools you need to begin installation