Lightweight construction makes modern homes affordable, and the building process faster. Asphalt shingles have long been the choice for this type of wood construction because they are durable and lighter than less conventional materials like tiles. Here are some of the lightweight roofing trends that are beginning to become more popular than conventional asphalt shingles:
1. Composite Shingles Made from Durable Recycled Plastic Materials
Asphalt shingles are composite shingles, but today, there are also composite shingles that do not contain asphalt. Newer composite shingles are also made from recycled plastics, which give you a conventional looking roof with an environmentally-friendly material. This is an option if you do not want to spend the extra money for some of the other materials that are more expensive than asphalt shingles, such as metal roofing and synthetic materials. In general, the composite materials will have about the same life as asphalt shingles, and eventually need to be replaced.
2. Stone Coated Metal Roofing for A Textured Look and Color
Metal roofing is another option to consider for replacing your asphalt shingles, which may cost a little more but lasts. The durability of metal roofing can save you money on future roof replacements that are needed with conventional composite shingles. Stone coated roofing materials are a good choice for metal roofing, because they have a durable textured finish to protect the roofing material. Stone coated metal roofing is also available in many colors and styles, to give your home a custom, personalized appearance. This is a great option to give your home the look of European-style tile roofs.
3. Green and Affordable Synthetic Slate and Shake Roofing Materials
Slate and shake materials are often installed on wood structures; the first of which is too heavy to use as an asphalt roof replacement. There are options to give your home the look of slate when you replace the shingles, such as using synthetic slates that are made of lighter recycled materials. In addition, wood shakes are also available in synthetic materials, which are good to reduce maintenance and the fire hazards that come with a real wood roof. These materials may cost a little more than asphalt shingles, but they will generally last longer and are easier to maintain.
These are some of the asphalt shingle alternatives that are trendy, lightweight materials to use for roof replacements. Contact a roofing contractor like Affordable Roof Care to help with choosing the right materials to replace the asphalt shingles on your home.