Roofing Material Types and Tips for You to Use Them to Benefit Your Home

The type of roof you choose to install on your home will protect your home and can also provide additional features and benefits. Depending on the climate you live in and the risk of high winds, excessive rain, and other extreme weather patterns, you can choose from a variety of roofing materials to provide you with the protection you need. Here are some types of roofing materials you can select for your home and how they can be a great benefit to you.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common materials because of their durability in heat and cold temperatures, as well as heavy winds with the right attachment reinforcements. Asphalt shingles are also a more affordable option and can last a couple of decades on your home before you will need to replace them. They are made up of a layer of tar with granules that provide reflective properties and a waterproof barrier.

Be sure you only have one layer of shingles on your roof to protect your home and avoid extra weight on your home's structure. And when you begin to see areas of your roof where the shingles have begun to curl up, have come loose, or are damaged, it is likely time for a replacement.

Spray Foam Roofing 

If your home has a flat roof or a low-slope roof, water probably tends to pool on its surface and can lead to water leaks inside your home as a result. To counter this problem, a spray foam roofing will give your home the protection and waterproof barrier it needs. 

Spray foam roofing is applied directly onto your home so it is a custom fit onto the outside of your roof. It will also provide sealing around vents, hatches, and skylights. There are no seams within the spray foam installation and, as a result, no seams to lift. Because it hardens into such a durable material it can last a lifetime on your home and its closed-cell makeup provides great insulation to block out heat, cold, and outside noises.

Spray foam roofing is also a green roofing material because it is made up of environmentally friendly compounds that don't break down in the sun. The white color of the insulation reflects the sun's rays to boost your home's cooling efficiency. Because it lasts so long, it will not need replacement and will keep materials out of the landfill, unlike other roofing shingles that need replacement after a period of time.

For more information about the residential roofing services available to you, contact a local roofer.