It’s that time of the year when you have to change your old roof which has been leaking and creaking all this while and you’ve been consciously ignoring it for god knows how long. It’s reached that critical stage where it might rain indoors! Either that, or you’re one of those lucky people who’re designing their new homes and need to start from the bottom up and you’re looking to put a roof over your head.
I recently changed my roof and I’m guilty of the first charge. I had a pretty tough time choosing a material for roofing and I’m here to give you a heads up about all the materials that you could select for your own house. I went back and forth between a couple of materials, weighing their pros and cons when it comes to cost, look and even energy efficiency. Here are some roofing materials available in the market that I looked at:
Shingles made from this material are more widely used because they are relatively cheaper than the others. It’s fire resistant and quite easy to install which is a plus for a do-it-yourself home remodel. These shingles can last up to 25 years and can cost as low as $50.
On a personal note, I gave asphalt the top spot because this is the material that I ended up using. I chose the Camelot II shingles from Champion because I’m a huge nature-lover. These shingles are eco-friendly as they use less asphalt. They are also more energy efficient as they are more resistant to extreme weather which spells in lower power bills.
You can use wood shingles to give your home a more earthen, classy appearance. They’re usually made of cedar, redwood, or southern pine. They might look beautiful but are pretty hard to maintain and last up to 25 years. Also, they’re not fire resistant which is a huge downer. Another negative is that they cost twice as much as asphalt shingles.
Different metals such as aluminum, steel and copper could be used. This material is extremely durable, fire retardant but also really expensive starting at about $250 per square. The maintenance cost is an additional headache. One advantage of using this material is that its energy efficient and recyclable. The only thing that stopped the nature buff in me from using it was its high cost.
It’s fire-proof, easy to maintain and also gives your home a Mediterranean vibe. But this vibe comes at quite a high cost of about $500. It’s also pretty heavy which makes it difficult to install. Leave the installation of these shingles to professionals. These shingles will, however, outlast the rest of your belongings so they might just be quite an investment.
If you’re choosing shingles only for their appearance, this one would be your best bet because they look great. Clay tiles last long and are easy to maintain and are also flame retardant. But they are also slightly on the expensive side starting at $300—looks come at a price.
Here’s one quirky option for those of you are willing to think out of the box and want to experiment. Grass! I’m not kidding, by the way. You can design your roof in such a way as to support a garden with living plants. It will provide your home with great insulation. A lot of modern cities are adopting this trend. The only problem is that green roofs are on the heavier side and some existing buildings cannot be retrofitted with a green roof, which is why I didn’t choose this option. But this is a great idea for those of you who are planning to build your homes from scratch.
I have given you quite a number of options with their pros and cons. Now it’s up to you to decide which one these suits you best depending on your requirements. Remember that choosing the right material is only the first step. It’s important to install the shingles correctly in order to avoid leakage. Different materials will give your home different appearances—so don’t say I didn’t warn you. I hope my experience helps and you have a great time remodeling your home!