Residential Roofing Materials
Replacing your roof can be extremely stressful for any Syracuse resident especially considering that not everyone is familiar with the actual roofing materials required.
Below is a list of the most popular/ best roofing materials to be used in the North East of the US and why
1. Fiberglass/Asphalt Shingles (approximately 80% of the market)
Less expensive comparatively
Excellent Fire Resistance
Depending on the company there could be a “wind warranty” that is guaranteed for winds up to 130 miles per hour
Class 3 and 4 impact resistance available
A great variety of colors and styles from which to choose
Some of the best grades of this material could be warrantied for up to 50 years
There is such a wide variation of quality that depending on what materials you use and what manufacturer you buy from the material could last anywhere between 15 to 50 years- that is quite a questionable time gap.
2. Metal Roofs
Maintain for a very long time
Popular and practical for roods that are either low or very steep
They come available with Class A fire protection rating
When installed properly they can be extremely wind resistant
They contain Solar reflective properties
The material itself is slippery which causes snow and rain to run of much easier
A wide variety of styles and colors to choose from
If taken care of properly and installed properly as well, metal types can last longer than 100 years. Some have been recorded as lasting for several centuries.
Unfortunately very expensive: costs can run higher than two to three times that of fiberglass shingles
3. Slate Roofs
They last for a very long time, if installed properly they could last for a lifetime or many more.
100% completely fire proof
Color options can be pretty limited but there is some variety
Can be rather expensive and the house and roof infrastructure itself must be able to handle the weight of the Slate
The roofer chosen to do a slate job must be very experienced in this particular field of installation and repair and unfortunately workers with that level of experience can be hard to come by
4. Concrete or Clay Roofing
Another decent option in roofing materials
It is becoming more and more popular because it has the look of wood or ceramic tile without all the negative side effects. In general they last long, are excellent in terms of protection against fire, they don’t require as much constant attention or maintenance, and generally they are lighter in weight and less expensive than ceramic.
There are also a wide range of colors and styles to choose from making the process more enjoyable and creative.