Comparing 7 Roofing Materials for Longevity in Loganville, GA

In addition to major remodeling projects like kitchen or bathroom renovations, having a new roof installed is one of the most expensive home repairs that you will face. Like other home improvement projects, there are many different materials to choose from. These materials vary in quality, cost, and longevity. When it comes to roofing materials, there is a direct correlation between the cost and the quality of the roofing materials. A high-quality roofing Loganville GA material has a greater longevity, which means it does not make sense to shop for roofing materials on price alone. Spending a little more on roofing materials can give you a longer lasting roof.

When you are looking at different roofing materials, you may be surprised at the longevity versus the cost of roofing materials. Let’s take a look at the seven most common types of roofing materials.

Asphalt Roll Roof – Asphalt roll roofing is comprised of large rolls of the material used to make asphalt shingles. This type of roofing material is often used for flat pitched roofs like angled shed roofs. This material is installed by laying strips of asphalt roll roofing material across the roof lengthwise. Each strip should be overlapped to avoid leaks.

Asphalt roll roofing has an expected lifetime of between five and ten years, maximum. To maximize the lifetime of the roofing material, you must keep all debris removed from the roof and patch any damage or punctures as soon as they occur.

Built Up Roofs (BUR) – Built up roofs are created by layering roofing felt, hot tar (bitumen), and fiberglass in alternating layers. These materials are typically installed on flat or very slight pitch roofs. A BUR roof is inexpensive and fire resistant.

This type of roofing material has a lifespan of between 20 and 30 years. You can help maximize its lifespan by regularly inspecting and repairing any issues. Also, all debris needs to be removed to prevent the surface from degrading.

Composite Asphalt Shingle Roofs – The most popular roofing material is composite asphalt shingles. Approximately 80 percent of all homes have asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are manufactured using either a fiberglass or organic base that is then saturated with asphalt. The bottom side of the shingles are asphalt and the top surface is impregnated with ceramic granules, or small chips of quartz, slate or schist.

Composite asphalt shingles have a life expectancy ranging between 15 and 40 years, depending on the quality of the shingles. Some shingle roofs can last as long as fifty years. Most manufacturers of shingles offer a range of shingles of different weights and life expectancy.

Wood Shingle Roofs – Wood shingles are made using thin, wedge-shaped slices of natural wood like yellow pine or cedar. These pieces are sawn from logs. Certain areas of the country have legislation and restrictions concerning wood shingles due to the fire hazard. If you are located in an area where seasonal wildlife hazards are common, this is not a good roofing Loganville GA choice.

Wood shingle roofs have a lifespan of approximately 25 to 30 years. In areas with milder climates, a longer lifespan can be achieved if the roof is kept free of debris. When your wood shingle roof is properly maintained, it can last for approximately 50 years. You should remove and replace any wood shingles that crack or split and keep your roof free of moss to extend the lifespan of your wood single roof.

Standing Seam Metal Roofs – This type of roof has gained popularity, especially in areas of the country that are prone to wildfires. Standing seam metal rooms are usually manufactured from steel or aluminum; however, zinc and copper can also be used.

The life expectancy of a standing seam metal roof varies between 30 and 50 years. This is a newer roofing material and information on lifespan is still being gathered. In fact, metal roof, when properly cared for may last 75 years. You can maximize the life expectancy of your metal roofing Loganville GA by regularly inspecting the roof to ensure the sealant and fasteners have not failed.

Clay or Cement Tile Roofs – Clay roofs are popular in the Southwest, but they can also be found throughout the country. Traditional tile roofs are made from terracotta; however, there are also roofing tiles made from ceramic (fired clay). Additionally, concrete tiles are also available.

Clay tile roofs when properly maintained can have a life expectancy of 100 years or more. Unlike wood shingles, decay does not effect tile. Also, unlike composite shingles that can lose mineral grains, tile is relatively simple to maintain. The main concern is cracking of the tiles.

Slate Roofs – Slate is another type of stone roof. Rather than being made from concrete or clay, this type of roof is made from stone that has been quarried from rocks. Slate naturally spits into flat slabs, making it a great choice for roofs.

Slate roofs can last for more than 100 years. To achieve this length of a lifespan, you need to immediately replace broken tiles.

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