Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Choosing The Best Roofing Material

by Edgar Cruz

Roof replacement can cost thousands of dollars. It is a major home improvement project that many homeowners never even have to worry about. But, some people will do it once or twice (at most) over the lifespan of their property. Obviously, this also depends on what your current roofing material is.

Short Lifespans Aren't Always a Bad Thing

For instance, if you have wood shingles, you might need to replace them every 30 years, but slate roofs can last over 100 years. This does not necessarily mean that you should rush out and buy the product that is going to last the longest. Obviously, you probably aren't going to live in your house for a full 100 years, so it may not be necessary to invest in such a hearty product, especially since it is quite expensive. Ultimately, you can decide based on what style you prefer, and then worry about how long the product will last.

In general, products that are cheaper don't last as long. But, with the money you saved by investing in a cheaper product, you can help fund its replacement down the line. For instance, if wood shingles only last 30 years, but cost 1/4 as much as slate tiles, it might be well worth the investment.

Different Styles

Another big difference between wood shingles and slate tiles is obviously the style. Slate tiles have a more European look, while wood shingles can look rustic. Of course, wood shingles do come in a variety of colors and shapes, so there are more style choices available. You can choose a light colored wood, a dark-colored wood, or a painted wood. Basically, you can find a wood shingle product that will match with any existing architectural style.

Many homeowners are skeptical about investing in wood shingles because they imagine that they're going to need a lot of maintenance over the years. But, wood shingles are highly tempered, so they are termite and water resistant. In fact, wood shingles really don't require any extra maintenance at all. Over the years, the wood will weaken, but there's really nothing you can or should do to protect it. You can just let your wood age naturally, and then replace it when necessary.

You need to make sure that your roof deck will be able to support the extra weight of your slate tiles. Slate tiles are extremely heavy and can be put too much weight on an old roof deck that is not reinforced. So, if you do need to reinforce your roof deck to hold the extra weight of slate tiles, it can make the project significantly more expensive.

For more information, contact a company like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc.


About Me

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!