When it comes time to replace or repair the roof, you may be surprised to learn how many materials there are from which to choose, not to mention colors and textures. The roof is often a utility that is taken for granted. However, the material you choose will affect how you maintain it, the price, and of course the overall appearance. In Maryland, the weather tends to be humid year-round. For this reason, there are four main roofing choices that work well in our area.
Asphalt shingles are the most economical and popular choice. They come in two types, fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass asphalt roofing includes a woven fiberglass base mat along with asphalt and ceramic, while the organic kind has a recycled felt paper layer mixed with the asphalt and ceramic. The organic asphalt roofing is thicker and more expensive.
Although asphalt shingles may have a long warranty, they will only stay in good shape if you take care of them well. Limestone mixed into the asphalt is common food for algae and fungus. Regular maintenance will keep your roof looking good for many years.
Metal roofing is another popular choice. The price for metal roofing can be high, yet its steel or aluminum-make gives it durability against strong winds and a lightness of weight. It also has air-conditioning qualities, since it reflects off the sun’s rays. However, a metal roof can suffer from denting, leaks, and even corrosion, especially if you live in an area with salty air. However, metal roofing is well-known for its durability.
Cedar roofing is also an option with unparalleled beauty. They can come in shakes or shingles. Cedar shakes are thicker, and each one has its own characteristics. Cedar shingles are more refined and uniform. Cedar is a naturally insect-repelling wood, and with proper maintenance, can last fifty years and longer. Cedar is more expensive than asphalt but less expensive than metal roofing.
Although it is less common these days, slate roofing is still one of the strongest and most beautiful choices. Its price rivals metal roofing and can withstand fire, hail, wind, and more for generations.
With the ability to look like cedar shakes, slate shingles, and more, composite roofing is made of engineered polymers. This lowers the cost but keeps the durability and beauty of the real thing.
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