An article by Marisa Villarreal, discusses the roofing guide of Bob Vila, an American home improvement television show host:
Whether you are building a new house or renovating your current home, the roof will be one of the most important choices you make. Aesthetics are important, but so too are your roofing material’s cost, weight, installation requirements, and suitability for your climate. More often than not, if you are remodeling, the existing roof will determine your choice of material. In addition, the condition and geometry of the existing roof may affect the cost. For example, if old roofing needs to be removed or the roof deck needs repair, or if your home has multiple chimneys, intersecting rooflines, skylights, or other elements, you can expect to pay for the additional work required for a quality installation.
Before you start a roofing project, you must familiarize yourself with the options you have. There are different types of roofing materials, and it pays a lot if you know which one fits your needs prior to contacting a Charlotte, NC roofing contractor from businesses like CMS Roofing.
Asphalt shingles are popular among homeowners because they are easy to install and are more affordable compared to other roofing materials. They are also versatile since they can be made to mimic the look of wood shakes, slate, and even tiles. They usually last for fifteen to thirty years.
If you want a Mediterranean-inspired home, a tile roof is a good choice. Clay or concrete tiles are naturally light in color, durable, fire resistant, easy to maintain, and can last up to fifty years. The downside is that they are heavier than most counterparts, which may result in more difficult installation and repair, and additional framing for support.
Another type that you can consider for your home is wood. Wood roofs are made from cedar, spruce, or treated pine, and have two types: shingles and shakes. If you want a historical look, these are a great choice because of their appearance. Wood shingles and shakes, however, require periodic treatments with preservatives and fungicides in order to keep from drying out, warping, cracking, and being attacked by mildew and fungus. They can last up to thirty years, but can cost six times as much as asphalt shingles.
To learn more about the different materials for quality residential roofing in Columbia, SC, consult a professional contractor like CMS Roofing.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Bob Vila’s Guide to Roofing, Yahoo Homes, September 20, 2013)