If you are getting ready to repair your roof, you might want to consider an alternative to the common asphalt shingles. There are other roofing materials out there that you might prefer the look of or which might better suit your energy needs. Below is a quick guide to help you get started learning about your different options.
Copper is beautiful and also very durable. Unlike asphalt shingles, you won't have to worry about mildew growing on the copper and rotting it away. With asphalt shingles, the moisture from moss, decayed leaves, and mold can speed up the death of the shingles. Copper, on the other hand, is not affected by these sorts of debris. What eventually ages the copper is long exposure to rain and sun, which is why they do eventually need to be replaced (though maybe not in your lifetime). Copper shingles are a good alternative to the panels if you like the look of small shingles, but still want the shiny beauty that copper affords.
If you have a southwestern style or Mediterranean style home, then you really should look into using clay tiles. You will see these on homes that are in very arid regions and they fit in with the desert motif. They are not well suited to homes in wet climates, however. Also, they are quite heavy. This means that the roofers will often have to reinforce the roof decking. You can't simply stack heavy clay tiles on top of the regular roof decking. It might end up collapsing. The benefit is that these clay tiles will last a very long time. If you travel around the central and southern Mexico, you will see old haciendas that still have the original clay roof tiles.
If you're looking for a super long lasting roof material, then zinc sheeting is a fantastic idea. The zinc holds up really well the the weather, and the sheeting design makes it so there are fewer points of entry for water, mold, and dirt. Unlike tiles, where you have lots of overlapping space where water can try and sneak in, the zinc sheets cover large sections of the roof without any gaps or spaces. The one downside to these large zinc roofs is that the rain can be loud on them (that signature tap tap tap sound). The solution is to make sure you have your roofers lay a sound barrier material underneath the zinc sheeting and above roof decking.
To learn more about your options, contact a company like Stevens Roofing Corporation.Share