Popular Roofing Types

When a roof needs to be replaced, homeowners should call a Middletown roofing professional to help choose a replacement roof. Since the roofing industry has added many new and exciting types of roof materials to their list of possible replacement roofs, a homeowner has some tough choices to make. This is true even if a homeowner sticks to looking through only the most popular options. Here are a few of the most common roofing materials with pros and cons for each.

Asphalt shingles, also known as composite shingles, are not only the most popular roofing material used by homeowners, but they have also added the most benefits and choices over the last 25 years. They have been popular in the past because of their affordability. Now, they are easy on the pocketbook, and they have more colors and textures to choose from than before. The options in asphalt shingles include any color you could possibly want and the ability to look three dimensional.

Asphalt shingles are made of two different varieties for the base: fiberglass and organic materials. Fiberglass has always been the standard while organic asphalt shingles came about because of recycling and green energy issues.

Both offer many years of having a home with a durable roof.

Metal roofs are gaining in popularity because they have been made available in various color choices as opposed to just the color of the metal used. The biggest benefit of replacing your roof with a metal roof is its durability. When you have a metal roof properly installed by a professional roofer, it should last the lifetime of your home. This is why it is important to be sure of color choices when getting a metal roof. You will also want to be sure that the colors you choose blend well with the home’s exterior materials like siding or stone front.

Cement or clay tiles are among the popular choices of roofing materials because of their ability to last as long as slate and metal, but tiles offer more aesthetic choices with colors and textures than the others. Tile roofing is one of the more costly roofing materials as it is made one tile at a time and installed the same way. Homeowners who choose this type of roof enjoy the artistic look of the tile.

Choosing the right roofing material for a home is a task that will take time and thought. Working with a professional roofer will help make finding the right rooftop material easier. Have a question regarding gutters or skylight installations? Ask a roofing professional from Fortified Roofing of Middletown NJ.

Term explained by roofing contractor Fortified Roofing, Middletown NJ:

Organic asphalt shingles

Organic asphalt shingles have a base that is made of organic materials, like paper and wood. The base is mixed with asphalt to make it waterproof and durable. It is then covered with a layer of asphalt and ceramic granules, much like the fiberglass shingles.

Question and answer courtesy of Fortified Roofing, local Middletown roofing company:

How are fiberglass asphalt shingles better than organic asphalt shingles?

The bases of fiberglass shingles are made with fiberglass, which is naturally flame retardant. Therefore, when you use this type of shingles on the roof of a house, it is flame retardant. This could stop the spread of a small house fire or keep the house from catching fire if there are hot embers in the air. Unfortunately, the same is not true for organic asphalt shingles.

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