Roofs come in many shapes and sizes. And just because your neighbor has an asphalt shingle roof doesn’t mean you need to follow suit. Rather than thinking of your roof as just a protective layer that keeps the rain and snow from making their way into your home, you can get creative and have a roof that adds value to your life and your property.
Sergey Taitler is the General Manager of All American Exterior Solutions, a company that has a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and quality work. “About 95 percent of US residential homes,” he says, “use shingles, metal, concrete, or even solar tiles. Green roofs still haven’t gained traction in the market yet.” As an expert in residential roof installations, siding repairs, and large commercial constructions and developments, Mr. Taitler sheds light on the different types of roofing and the pros and cons of each type.
Green roofs are roofs that are covered with plants, flowerbeds, and even trees. The vegetation could cover all or part of the roof. Besides their aesthetic qualities, green roofs, or living roofs as they’re sometimes called, serve as insulation for the building, absorb rainwater, and lower the temperature in the surrounding area.
Green roof installations are rather complex. According to Sergey Taitler, the roof part consists of four layers. “You have the drainage system,” he adds, “the root barrier to protect the underlying roof, a waterproofing layer, and finally a layer that helps the plants grow.” Green roofs only work on flat roots and both their high cost of installation and maintenance are the main reasons they’re not as popular as other roofing types.
Cedar Shakes, Wood and Asphalt Shingles
These types are common. While asphalt shingles are cheaper, they’re not as aesthetically appealing as cedar shingles. They are expected to last about 10-15 years at times don’t add value to the property. If you want to go the Cedar Shake way, and don’t mind paying extra for a more appealing and at times a more durable roof, then cedar shingles are the best option.
Cedar shingles give the property a more natural look and since they have various styles, you can get creative with your roof and create a pleasing design that increases your curbside appeal. Wood is also lightweight compared to asphalt shingles and offers a better heating and insulation solution.
Concrete Roofing, Clay, and Slate tiles
Concrete, clay and slate tiles are options that you might consider for your roof. They’re more common in the southern US, Europe and Mediterranean homes. This makes them specific to certain architectures. According to Sergey Taitler, concrete, clay and slate are the most durable roofing material and usually need less maintenance than Asphalt or Cedar shingles.
Both clay and concrete are fire resistant and come in various colors and styles to suit every taste and design. However, they’re usually heavy and need extra roof framing. If the costly clay, slate or concrete tiles are above your budget then a fake tile is another option that has the best of both worlds.
Of all the roofing types, metal is extremely durable. “You can have steel roofs,” explains Sergey Taitler, “aluminum roofs, or those made of copper. Their diversity and durability are the secrets behind their growing popularity over the last few years.”
Metal roofing is both stylish and recyclable making it eco-friendly. If metal roofs are installed properly and using the right material, metal roofs can lower the heating and cooling costs for a building and it holds against the battering of rain and snow. Since it resists the eroding effects of the elements, you can expect your metal roof to last for as long as the building stands.
The drawback of metal roofing has to do with its cost and noise. The upfront cost of installing a metal roofing will set you back considerably, and when it rains, you’ll know about it from the tinkering sounds of the raindrops on the roof.