Wood shakes have its natural rustic charms. It comes in several variations of color, width, thickness, and cut of wood. It is a good material to insulate the attic and allows for some breathing space so air can circulate around the house. On the other hand, wood shakes would have its disadvantages too. It can be attacked by molds, rots, and insects that can damage it beyond repair. These materials are oftentimes harder to install and would need professional contractors to come up with a high quality finished roof. Wood shakes are unrated by the fire safety codes, and many fire retardants are only effective for a few years.
Clay roofing is a good choice for Mediterranean-inspired homes. It has a longer lifespan and requires very little maintenance. It won’t rot nor would it be susceptible to insect attacks. There are several types that you can choose from in terms of color, types, and brands. Having clay roofing is good for aesthetics. However, there are several drawbacks: more costly, a heaviness that needs extra roof support, color that can fade easily, fragile, and harder to repaint or clean. Added to that, the installations of tiles are far more complicated to do than other roofing materials.
This type of roofing is becoming the most popular choice for residential roofing today. Standing-seams are so described, due to its upturned edges on one side of the metal panel that connects it with the adjacent sections. The outcome is a trendy look with distinctive vertical lines. Metal roofs can be manufactured to resemble other types of roofing like wood shakes, clay tiles, shingles, and metal tiles. Metal roofs are durable, maintenance-free, and a fire retardant. They absorb less heat than other forms of roofing and are earth-friendly, since they are made from recyclable materials. It is not heavy and can be installed over an existing roof. The downside is that its initial installation oftentimes cost more than other roofing choices, since it would require professional installers to do it. Hence, you may need to compute if the initial cost far outweighs its expected lifetime before choosing this type of roofing material.
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