When building a house, many homeowners design their floor plans meticulously, down to the size of the very last closet. Unfortunately, they neglect to plan for their roof at the same time, and often just throw on whatever is most convenient at the time of construction. There are many different residential roofing options available, so it is important to take a look at each type before construction to avoid the need for re-roofing later on.
One of the most common residential roofing options is composition roofing, made of the asphalt shingles that most people think of when they hear the word “roof.” Composite roofing is inexpensive and cost-effective to install. Asphalt shingles coordinate with every type of house, from historical to modern, and come in a wide variety of colors and textures. Unfortunately, they can be prone to mildew, and are less durable than other residential roofing options, lasting between 15 and 30 years. They are also environmentally unfriendly to manufacture.
For more eco friendly roofing options, look no further than a metal roof made of copper, aluminum, or tin. Metal roofing is lightweight and durable, lasting up to 50 years. Metal roofing is low maintenance, and can be installed over existing roofs, and comes in a variety of colors and textures to fit any home design. Metal roofing is difficult to install, and can be expensive, so it is important to think about budget when considering metal roofing.
Other residential roofing options like slate, tile, and concrete all look beautiful with the added benefit of being fire-resistant. Tile and slate roofing maintenance can be difficult, as these are often fragile materials, and all of the above types are expensive to install.
It is important to consider all available options when planning a house. Some residential homeowners even benefit from looking at types of commercial roofing materials in addition to residential options. No matter what roof you choose, you are sure to enjoy the house of your dreams.