Posted on August 9, 2018
No single item is as important in your house as the roof. Knowing you and your family are safe underneath a secured roof is essential to any home life. But the roof doesn't just serve a utilitarian purpose. For some homeowners, the roof is the anchorof any exterior design. Picking the right material will ensure your home gives off the look you desire. Depending on which material you choose, there are other considerations to take into account, from the maintenance required to the longevity of the material.
As there are many different roofing materials available on the market, it can be overwhelming to know which one to is the right choice for your home. We offer many different options that each have their own unique attributes. The following information should help you to determine which material is right for you.
In Northern Virginia, asphalt shingles are by far the most popular roofing material choice. Around 80% of homes have this type of roof. They are widely-used because they are affordable and offer a large variety of design choices. There are a multitude of colors and styles you can choose from. Additionally, there are different types of shingles that can be installed, depending on your budget needs. We install "three-tab" shingles (the most affordable), as well as "architectural shingles" which are more durable.
Although they are relatively inexpensive and offer many attractive designs, depending on the type of shingle chosen, the roof will last somewhere between 15-30 years, meaning it will need to be replaced more often than other roofing materials.
Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials around. As it is made of a natural material, it tended to be heavier than other options previously available. However, modern innovation has now made slate roofs lighter. It also comes with waterproof backing, which allows for greater design versatility. Slate has a distinct look that works for many different design aesthetics. Even though it can be more expensive than other roofing options, slate is incredibly durable and can last 50 years, or longer.
Shakes roofs are made from a natural material and are the perfect complement to a more traditional architectural style. They do require more maintenance and will need to be treated for fire resistance. However, they are very ecologically-friendly and can last for 30 years or more.
Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular in the residential industry, as they are incredibly energy-efficient. They require very little maintenance and upkeep, lasting at least 50 years. Metal roofs are also chosen often because they can be installed over your home's existing roof, decreasing the labor cost of removing the previous roof.
Tile provides a great design choice for those who have a Spanish-style or stucco home. As tile is made from concrete or clay, it is incredibly durable and does not require a lot of maintenance. The tile also comes in a variety of colors, making it versatile for any design aesthetic. However, due to the heavy nature of the tile, it can only be installed on a roof that has good structural integrity.
There are many options of roofing materials that can perfectly suit your Northern Virginia home. Oftentimes, the choice will come down to look and style preference. Whichever roofing material you choose, however, should always be installed by a professional. Nothing is as detrimental to a roof's life than a poor installation job. If you are ready to get started on your new roof, don't hesitate to contact us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at 703-828-7414.