The first are composite or asphalt shingles. These are the most popular, inexpensive and come in many different colors and types. Roof repair when you have composite roofing is easy, as you can simply reapply a new shingle here or there where needed. Plus, they generally come with a 20 to 30-year guarantee so it will be a while after installation that you will need to repair your roof. Roof installation is quite simple as well. A main drawback is that since these shingles are so common, your homes roof will not stand out from others. It is also subject to mildew and moss growth over time, and asphalt not an environmentally-friendly product.
The next option is wood shingles. These are commonly installed on contemporary bungalows, cottages, and ranch-style homes. The natural weathered look is an attractive one that many people seek. Plus, some insulation value is placed on your home with this type of roofing. Roof repair with wood shingles is easy, and if properly maintained, this roof installation should last 30 to 50 years. However, unless these shingles are properly treated, they have a poor fire rating and can require a high level of maintenance due to the weather. Installation usually requires a professional to manage the work.
Tile roofing is a very attractive option on Mediterranean, Italian and prairie-style homes. They are non-combustible, which means that fires are contained with these kinds of shingles. While maintenance of this kind of roofing is easy, roof repair can be expensive and tricky because walking on the roof may break tiles and cause more repair to be done. This same level of trickiness calls for a professional roof installation to occur and the installers must be aware of the fragility of the tiles. There are other roofing options available today, but these popular options provide you with a starting point for considering what new kind of residential roofing you may want on your home.