During the process of replacing your roof you will have to select the colour and materials you want for your new roof. There’s a lot of options out there and you might feel kind of overwhelmed about what to choose and whether it is going to last you the amount of time you need it to, will it still look like it should in 5 or 10 years? There are also lots of questions you will want to ask Toronto roofers about the materials used to in the construction of the roof, so here’s some pros and cons of various materials for your new roof while dealing with Roofers Richmond Hill.
Asphalt Shingles These kinds of roofs are not super durable, but there is an algae resistant version available for more humid climates to combat the moisture that might get stuck between the underlay material and the shingles. They can be used on any slope of roof, and they are incredibly resistant to fire or wind removal. Asphalt shingles are fairly inexpensive to install and are widely available across stores, being manufactured by a variety of companies.
Metal This kind of roof can be comprised of steel, aluminum, copper or zinc alloy, and they will come either painted or with a zinc coating finish however copper will be installed without either of these and will need a protective green patina installed. This material is also available in the form of a shingle or in sheets, and it’s really up to the consumer as to how they want it to be installed. A metal roof is also pretty fire and wind resistant but the biggest con is that it can be incredibly expensive to install, especially if you decide to install a copper metal roof.
Plastic Polymer This material is meant to resemble slate or wood shingles, and is claimed to be incredibly durable with little to no maintenance. Like shingles or metal, plastic is also very resistant to wind and fire damage, but unlike shingles the cost is fairly high to install it.
Slate A slate roof is almost always dark grey in overall appearance but it will also be uneven in colour because of the natural appearance of this material. Since it is made from all natural materials it’s durability is almost unmatched by any manufactured material, and therefore it will likely outlast the majority of its roofing material counterparts provided it is installed properly. The biggest downside to this kind of roof is that it is difficult to install so that means a company needs to have specialized employees, or specialize in that material, so properly install it. Along with the specialty installation it also comes at a high cost
Choosing the right material for your roof can be challenging and overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Complete your research and make sure you know the best material for the area you live in, the kind of climate you live in and the kind of house you have. It’s also important to consider your budget: some roofing materials may be super durable and low maintenance but it might not fit into your budget so you will have to consider if you can increase the budget or live with a different kind of roof. Speaking with Roofers Richmond Hill will also give you some idea or recommendation as to what will work best for you and what you should consider.