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Roofing Materials: Building a Roof for the Ages

Roofing Materials: Building a Roof for the Ages By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Want a leak-proof roof? The roof material you choose will have a lot to say in the matter. Get the skinny on roofing materials and their characteristics.

There are several different types of roof materials available on the market, each with its own ups and downs. Which you choose depends on your needs. Need some help? Here is a crash course in the most popular roof materials.

Roofs 101: Poplar Materials

  • Metal. Metal roofs are durable, fire resistant, and require very little maintenance. They are also energy efficient, reflecting heat.
  • Concrete. Shingles, simulated wood shakes, tiles, and concrete panels are often made from cement, though most are coated with plastics, enamels, or thin metals. These roofs are durable and resource efficient, not to mention resistant to rotting and insects.
  • Slate. Slate is among the most expensive roofing materials as it offers a natural look and a wealth of versatility. It also boasts durability, fire-resistance, and little maintenance.
  • Tile. Tile can be a life-long investment. It will not rot or burn, and can't be harmed by insects. It also requires very little maintenance and comes in a variety of colors, styles, and brands.
  • Composition shingles. These shingles also offer a lot of variety with little maintenance. You can even walk on them without shattering them. Unfortunately, composite shingles do not have a long lifespan, and can be blown off during high winds.
  • Wood shakes. Shakes are available in many different colors, widths, thicknesses, and cuts of wood. They are somewhat energy efficient, but demand regular maintenance and repair. Wood shakes are also prone to mold, rot, and insect problems.

A great roof can boost both your home value and your personal sense of satisfaction. Take the time to research all of your options before committing to a particular style or material-your family will thank you for it.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.



*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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