With so many different roofing materials to pick from, it can be difficult to know which one to install on your home. Here is some more info about 5 different materials that you have to pick from.
One of the most affordable roofing materials you can buy is 3-tab shingles. It's popular because the material is easy to purchase and install on pretty much any home. The biggest downside is going to be the shorter lifespan when compared to competing materials. 3-tab shingles can also be installed on top of an existing roof if you have similar material, making it more affordable for homeowners that don't want to remove their old roof.
Metal roofing material is going to be much more expensive than the 3-tab shingles previously mentioned, but you are going to get a much longer lifespan out of the product. It's possible that a metal roof is going to be the last roof you ever install on your home if it is well maintained and your local weather works well with it. Not having hail storms or living near the ocean with salt water will certainly improve the lifespan of metal roofing material.
A membrane roof is typically used on a flat roof or a roof with a very low slope. It has a moderate lifespan that falls between 3-tab shingles and metal roofing but can have a shortened lifespan if you live in an area that has a lot of storms. Homeowners love membrane roofs because they are incredibly durable, energy-efficient, and affordable. However, the roof doesn't provide much UV protection and has a fairly difficult installation.
A green roof is when you actually use living plants to cover your home. It is not that common because of the high installation cost and short lifespan, but it is mainly for people that want to help the environment. When you do need to replace a green roof, you won't have a ton of waste that goes into the landfill.
Wood shingles are a popular choice due to their look but must be used in climates that support the material. This means having a temperate climate that doesn't see that much rain and humidity that can cause damage to the wood. Wood also requires a lot more maintenance to make sure that the material is sealed and does not rot over time.
Contact a residential roof installation service near you to learn more.