Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Choices in Roofing Materials

If you are putting your home on the market, or just looking to make your home more appealing, don't overlook the roof. Today's roofing materials are reaching a whole new level in looks, durability and performance.

In general, people looking for newly designed houses are more aware today of the lines of the roof and the roof material.  Roofs are just as important to the overall design of a house and its curb appeal as its windows, siding and its proportions.

Appearance and style
. A roof can make up more than half of a home's exterior, so it should complement the home's style and exterior color scheme. Boring single-color roofs are a thing of the past. Shingles and tiles come in a variety of color options, or you can create a custom color for your new roof.

Affordability helps make asphalt shingles a favorite. The vast majority of steep-sloped, single-family homes have asphalt roofing.

The distinctive natural beauty of slate and cedar shake still carries cachet in the custom-home market.

Not just for barns anymore, standing-seam metal roofs have a distinctive profile. The style features galvanized metal with painted finishes and raised seams.

Alternative products. Homeowners who want the rustic look of cedar shake or the rich texture of slate without the maintenance worries can choose from a wide selection of synthetic materials. Synthetic shingles capture the appearance of natural materials. Some synthetic products are considered eco-friendly because they use recycled content.

Asphalt shingles can be created to emulate cedar shakes and slate. Even synthetic polymer shake tiles are getting in on the act, offering the authentic colors and natural textures of quarried slate, hand-split cedar.

Durability. Advanced materials help ensure longer-lasting roofs. Where 20-year warranties were once the norm, many roofs are now backed by limited lifetime warranties.

Keep in mind that the length of a warranty should not be the main reason for selecting a roofing material. The selection of a shingle or roofing material should be based on the product's qualities and suitability for the prospective project.

Longevity is also a big part of the appeal of standing-seam metal roofs.

Energy efficiency. A roof can help reduce energy costs, reflecting the sun's rays and keeping roofs cooler, resulting in a more comfortable living space.

Energy Star-rated roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in homes and can trim peak cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information on roofing materials, contact SB Roofing.