There is a wise saying: “Be careful who you wed“ and a similar one applies to roofs. Choosing the wrong roof can result in much greater disasters than an occasional divorce. This is why it is best to consult certified professional roofing experts before purchasing a bunch of random shingles.
The best roof shingles are the ones tailored specially for satisfying your needs and those of your home. The climate you live in, the size of your home, the amount of trees surrounding it, the amount of maintenance you are willing to give in… all of these influence a roof’s lifespan and efficiency. Here is what you should consider before purchasing:
The lifespan of shingles is extremely important, especially if you plan on staying in your home for a long time. Even though asphalt is cheaper, it has a life span of maximum 25 years and only if its type is fiberglass. Other shingle materials are more competitive as they fall into similar age categories. Depending on type and style, metal and wood can have up to 60 years of a fully functioning life. But, the leading role is given to tile shingles as they can last to about a 100 years and with little maintenance too. So make up, do you choose higher price or frequent roof replacements?
Besides keeping the home safe from rain and snow, quality roofs also retain heat in the winter and cool air in summer. So before purchase, you should also pose the question: How efficient are these shingles? If metal is in top form, it can save up to 40% of your electrical bills. However, if you choose a poor type, it can do you more harm than good. Tile shingles are also known as cool roofing. Since they are made from earthy materials like clay and ceramics, they have amazing insulator qualities, even better than wood itself. And we know how great wood is – since it is also used for windows and doors.
Even though wood is an amazing insulator, has a large lifespan and is completely recyclable; it is very vulnerable to moisture and termites. This is why wooden shingles should be regularly maintained by homeowners, with clearing moss build ups and pesticides. On the other hand, tile shingles are extremely durable and require very little maintenance. Their only disadvantage is that they can break during a strong impact (like the falling of a large tree). Metal cannot break, but it bends and rusts with time. When in contact with extreme temperatures, metal also expands or contracts.
If you are extremely environmentally conscious and you cannot afford solar shingles (extremely expensive when compared with other types), opt for a material who is sustainable and easily recycled. The hardest material to recycle is asphalt, even though some have succeeded in this difficult task. Next on the list is metal, but recycling is fairly easily accomplished. And the best shingles for saving the environment are wood and tiles. However, wooden shingles do require actual wood to be cut up and most comes from California redwood whose numbers are limited. To put your environmental conscience at ease – go for tiles. They are made from rough earthy materials which can be find almost everywhere and are complete 100% recyclable.