The best type of roof for your home significantly depends on your geographic region and exposure to harsh weather. Some roofing contractors may be more upfront and transparent about which materials are better equipped to support solar panels. If you ever intend to go solar, speak in depth with your roofing company about how to make this possible. Here are the United States’ most popular roofing materials.
Found all throughout the East Coast and Midwest, the asphalt shingle is the most common material a roofing company will be asked for. These shingles are infused with fiberglass and are waterproof. Their layers on any roof are designed for water to bead and roll off into the gutters. If you have a concern about water damage or gutter clogs, talk to your roofer about gutter guards or different shaped gutter devices.
These roofing materials are best equipped to support solar panels. They are also flame retardant and retain heat far better than other roof styles. Consequently, they are often in high demand in the northern states which receive heavy amounts of snow each winter, as they can support the most weight of any roof material, and keep the house warm. Metal roofs have a lifetime warranty of at least 30 years.
These shingles are found in the American Southwest and West Coast as well as Mexico. They are part of the Spanish Style homes and are remarkably durable in climates that receive little rain. These materials can be flat or rounded to promote water runoff. Their warranty has yet to be bested: Clay shingles have a life expectancy of over 100 years. Regardless of roofing material, roofing contracting companies recommend that your roof be professionally inspected twice a year, after the warmest and coldest days of the year (per Facilities.net).
It makes sense that every region has adopted a roofing style that best fits the climate and culture. California is heavily influenced by Mexico, its neighbor to the south, and Minnesota by Canada to the north. If you haven’t had an inspection for your roof in quite some time and you’re in the Treasure Valley area, contact Little Buckaroo Construction today for an estimate and assessment!