Roofing Materials

Choose roofing material that provides ample protection, is reasonably priced, and offers a variety of styles and colors.

When it comes time to replace your roof, you may want to make a change from the type of roof material you currently have on your home. There are a number of roof materials that provide protection for your home and come in a variety of styles and colors. GAF Timberline shingles are a brand that offers great variety. However, it’s important to choose a material that can withstand different climate changes and doesn’t require a lot of regular maintenance. If you’re in the Marlton area and are unsure about the best type of roofing material for your home, speak with a Marlton roofing contractor who has experience installing and maintaining a variety of different roofs in your area.

One of the most popular and cost effective roofing material is asphalt shingles. Many manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on these types of shingles, and they provide ample protection in various climates. These shingles come in a variety of colors, letting you match the color of your roof to the color of your home, if desired. The material is also strong, easily applied over some existing roofs, and homeowners can walk on the shingles without worrying about damaging the material. With routine maintenance, this roofing material can last you 20 years or more before needing to be replaced.

Wood shake shingles are another option. These come in a variety of natural wood colors and sizes. Thicknesses varies, so no two wood shake shingle roofs will look exactly the same. While these shingles provide a unique look to your home, they are high maintenance and require constant care.

Wood rot, insects, and an increased risk of fire are all problems associated with a wood shingle roof. It also takes an experienced roofer to properly lay these shingles, and since the quality of shingles depends upon the wood mill, you may end up paying more for good, quality shingles.

Slate or tile roofing material is another option often seen on higher end homes or homes that wish to replicate a southwestern feel. Slat or tile roofing has a long lifespan and require little maintenance. There are a number of styles and colors available for tile roofs. Slate roofing is actually shingles made from slivered rock. Both options are more expensive than asphalt shingles or wood shake shingles, but the materials are very fire retardant, can’t be damaged by bugs, and withstand a number of climate changes. However, these tiles are easily broken if stepped on incorrectly, which means virtually all repairs and replacements must be done by a professional roofer.

Metal roofing is growing in popularity as the materials used today help reflect heat, resulting in lower energy bills for homeowners. However, the initial cost of a metal roof is proportionately higher than that of a shingle roof.

Overall, asphalt shingles are the most popular choice with most homeowners. Due to the ease of maintenance and the ability to withstand different temperatures and climate changes, asphalt shingles are an affordable option.

If you’re really looking for a change or want to splurge on your roofing materials, you can get a great new roof with a long lifespan and little maintenance.Have a question regarding roofing, gutters or new skylights? Please ask Fortified Roofing of Marlton NJ today!

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