Vinyl roofs kind of have an unfair perception. Many people view it as a cheap and ugly material. But, this is mainly because people are confused about what vinyl roofing really is. In the past, vinyl roofing was used on budget houses. It was installed in panel form, and it was usually just white with little or no texture. Worst of all, old vinyl looked a little bit shiny, like plastic.
However, this is not the case with modern vinyl roofing products. This article explains what makes modern vinyl roofing so exciting and stylish.
Vinyl Looks Like Wood
The first thing you need to realize about modern vinyl roofing is that it looks and feels very much like wood shingles. About 90% of the vinyl products on the market have wooden textures with both solid colored and raw wood colored finishes.
Basically, most vinyl either looks like painted wood or stained wood. It even has a similar weight and flexibility to real wood.
So, if vinyl looks like real wood, what are the advantages of owning it over just installing an actual wood? Vinyl is going to be so much easier to care for on the outside of your home.
Wood might be a beautiful natural material that many people find to be charming, rustic, and eco-friendly, but you need to invest a lot of time and harsh chemicals to maintain wooden roofing. Wood is susceptible to all sorts of damage that can be caused by nature, animals, and improper installation.
Vinyl Is Easy
In order to protect it, a wood roofing product needs to be coded with a chemical sealant. This sealant also gives the wood it's unique tint. This tint is going to wear off over time, so it needs to be reapplied every several years. This project is time-consuming and inconvenient for most homeowners who would rather just enjoy the low maintenance of vinyl.
Vinyl has a permanent, capped, weather resistant and fade proof finish. The colors will basically look the same in 10 years.
While you might be able to enjoy the look of a raw wood roofing product, you probably won't love all of the maintenance that it needs. Usually just makes more sense to install the vinyl product that looks pretty much just like real wood but lasts longer and requires basically no time or money to keep up.
For more information about the possibility of installing a vinyl roof on your home, contact a roofing company such as Premier Roofing Co.