It's time to replace your roof. You've seen the telltale signs, such as curling or even bald shingles. Roof replacement is a big investment, and you may be tempted to go the traditional route. Indeed, according to Better Homes and Gardens, four out of five homeowners opt for standard asphalt shingles. There's nothing wrong with that, but consider some alternatives as well.
Dimensional Composite Shingles
Dimensional composite shingles are one step up from standard asphalt. They start with the same base, which is fiberglass or organic materials saturated with asphalt and coated with mineral granules. However, dimensional composite shingles start with a thicker base and feature multiple layers of shingle material bonded together. The result is a thicker shingle with a three-dimensional profile that resembles more expensive materials, traditionally wood but also slate. Because of the thickness, dimensional composite shingles tend to last even longer than standard asphalt.
Authentic slate shingles will last a century or more — but they're very expensive and heavy. Manufacturers have come up with an alternative — synthetic slate. These shingles are composed of plastic and rubber that's been injection-molded into metal forms. The forms are cast from authentic slate, which results in a synthetic version that closely mimics the original. Not only are synthetic slate shingles much cheaper than the natural stone, they're much lighter. This makes them easier to install. Some synthetic slate shingles are even made of recycled plastic and rubber, making them an eco-friendly option. As a bonus, they're very long-lasting.
A standard roofing material for Mediterranean, mission, and Southwest style homes is the clay tile. These are beautiful but costly. An alternative is the concrete tile. Quite often they resemble clay tiles, but it's also possible to choose styles that look like slate or wood shakes. Many models even come molded to interlock, which makes them easier to install. As with clay tiles and authentic slate, concrete is a heavy material. Contractors may have to reinforce the roof frame. However, they're durable and even energy-efficient.
Another sturdy material choice is metal roofing, which consists of panels of steel, copper, or aluminum. Style-wise, they can feature wooden shake profiles, standing seams, or corrugated surfaces. Metal roofing is resistant to extremes in weather and even offers a high solar reflectance. What's more, metal roofs are fire-retardant. This style is ideal for cabins, bungalows, and cottage-style homes.
Consider an asphalt shingle alternative that might bring new life to your house during your roof replacement and talk to your contractor, someone from a place like Leon Construction, about what will work best for your home.