Homeowners who are looking to install a new roof have a number of different options available to them. There are several factors that should be considered before a making a decision. One of the most important factors is the material's durability. Not only does the durability influence the roof's lifespan, it also factors into how well the roof will hold up against certain types of weather. A Fort Worth roofing contractor can assist with choosing the right roof for a home depending on that home's environment and the homeowner's needs.
Asphalt shingle roofs are one of the most popular choices among homeowners. This is mostly because they are one of the least expensive roofing options available. Depending on their rating, they can be susceptible to wind uplift, which can cause whole portions of the roof to be blown away. Additionally, heavy rainstorms or hail can cause the shingles to lose their protective mineral granules. Once those granules are gone, degradation occurs very quickly. This roofing may also not be the best choice for homes located in areas that experience extreme heat; that heat can melt the adhesive that binds the shingle to the roof.
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Another popular material used for roofing is metal. Most metal roofs are expected to last at least twice as long as asphalt roofs under the same conditions. Because they are nailed into a framework, the metal panels or shingles are less susceptible to wind uplift. Extreme sun or other weather will not affect the condition of the metal as long as basic maintenance is provided. In general, metal roofs are far more durable than asphalt.
Homes that are located in hot environments also often have slate or clay tile roofs. Clay and slate tiles are much heavier, meaning they are not as susceptible to wind uplift as asphalt. Both types of tile are fragile and can be broken during installation though they are extremely durable once they are installed. Tiles may occasionally crack or break following a hail storm, but the affected tiles can be replaced without removing the remaining tiles.
Ultimately, the type of roof that a homeowner may chose depends on a number of factors. If the focus is on durability, metal roofs are the least likely to become seriously damaged in extreme weather. However, clay and slate tile roofs can last for up to 80 years or more if the homeowner is willing to shoulder the cost.