If it is time to replace your Houston roof, you will find that there are many available options for you. The best type of roof shingle depends, to a large extent, on your home’s architecture.
Before you select the right roof covering, you should take everything into consideration. By doing so, you will be able to reduce your candidates to just a few that are well suited for your Houston residential roofing needs.
- Your building’s age
- Your budget
- Your building’s current and anticipated future value
Shingles are used in replacement roofs and new installations by every Houston roof company. They come in an incredible variety of materials, styles and prices.
Types of Shingles
Asphalt composition shingles are the most common, least expensive roofing material used in the U.S. Asphalt shingles last from 15 to 20 years and are appropriate for a variety of roof and architectural styles. They come in many colors, weights, sizes, styles and designs. Asphalt shingles are easy to repair, fire resistant and work well for most residential purposes.
Asphalt architectural shingles are an upgraded version of asphalt composition shingles. They are made from two layers of asphalt bonded with sealant. They can last from 30 to 50 years. They are more durable than standard asphalt, and they offer better fire protection and higher wind resistance.
Clay tile frequently lasts over 100 years. They are made by baking molded clay in a high-temperature kiln. Clay tile can be curved, flat or color-glazed. They also available in a variety of surface textures. The benefits of clay tile are its lifespan, low maintenance and fire-protection. Clay tile is expensive, but its beauty and appearance are worth the price.
Concrete tile is made from cement, sand and water. It comes in numerous finishes, colors, styles and shapes, including shingles, shakes and clay or slate-lookalikes. Concrete tiles last 30 to 40 years. They are low maintenance, durable, energy-efficient and offer natural noise insulation.
Metal shingles are a great recyclable roofing material available in steel, aluminum, copper and alloy strips. Steel is the most popular. Metal shingles are fire-resistant, nearly maintenance-free and can last 50 to 75 years. Metal shingles can look like wood shakes, clay tiles or Victorian tiles. They reflect the sun’s rays and keep your home or business cooler during the hot summer months.
Slate shingles add a natural look to any home. They are fireproof and come in a variety of natural colors and shapes. Slate is such a beautiful roofing material that it is frequently used on historic homes. It can last 60 to 200 years, requires little maintenance, is waterproof and can be laid in a variety of patterns offering a wide variety of options.
Wood shingles and shakes are typically made from red cedar, pine, cypress or redwood. They resist rotting and have a life expectancy of 30 to 50 years. Many wood shingles are treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives to increase their resistance to fire, rot and decay. They are a renewable resource and a good choice for any Houston roof type.
Paramount Roofing Company can repair or replace your Houston shingle roof. Call us for a free estimate at 713-748-4000.