It is time to replace your roof, but you have no idea where to start. The times have changed when you only had a handful of materials to choose from. With so many options on the market, you want to do your homework and be sure to make an informed decision. Hopefully, this brief overview will help you get started.
Choosing Roofing Materials
When choosing your roofing materials, first ask yourself these questions:
- Is the material heavy and will it require special framing?
- Is the material available in the style and color that matches my home?
- Do the materials meet area building and fire codes?
- Are there special maintenance or installation issues?
- How does the material perform in extreme weather conditions?
- Is there enough slope to the roof for the material?
- What is the lifespan, cost, and warranty of the product?
- Are the products recyclable or eco-friendly?
Answers to these questions will largely impact your decision and help you make the best choice. Because, as you are about to find out, there are plenty of options out there. We want to make sure you can find the right material at the right price or choose the best roofing contractor in Anaheim, CA to handle your roofing needs.
These are the most common shingles for residential roofing. In fact, they comprise almost 80% or residential roofing in the United States. They are economical, come in a variety of colors, and are easy to install. They are single thickness, mid-weight, and installers can place them on low or steep slopes. You can even choose to have the shingles reinforced with organic materials or fiberglass without changing how the shingle looks. Unfortunately, asphalt comes with a shorter lifespan, lasting only about 20 to 25 years. It also doesn’t come with the same insulating properties as other materials.
For hundreds of years, this was the go to roofing choice. Many homeowners still love the traditional look of natural wood shakes and shingles. It gives a home an attractive, rougher, handmade quality. These are a natural material, often made from redwood, cedar, and southern pine. However, fire codes in some areas do prevent the use of wood shingles. Be sure you look for Class A fire-rated wood with a fire-resistant coating. This material can also be a concern in wet climates, where it can rot and mold. Like asphalt, wood shingles and shakes typically last only 20 to 25 years.
As you might have guessed, this is a mixture of materials often including fiberglass, asphalt, rubber, plastic, or any other combination of roofing materials. This is a more durable roofing material, and often touts a warranty of 30 to 50 years. Manufacturers can make these shingles in almost any color, size or shape. And they are often reasonably priced.
These are associated with the popular Spanish Colonial style see throughout Anaheim, CA. Clay and concrete tiles add beautiful texture to the roof of a home. They are also made from natural materials and are fire resistant. You can choose flat, ribbed, or scalloped tiles. And many professionals say the tiles will last longer than the materials holding them up because concrete and clay roofing will last upwards of 40 to 50 years. This material is extremely durable, but also very heavy. The disadvantages? This type of roofing material is more expensive. Also, the installation might require additional framing for the necessary support.
This material is lightweight, high performance. You get a distinctive, natural looking shingle with the durability of manmade metal products. This roofing will not curl, cup, warp or split. It is fire resistant and the performance will not diminish with age. This main disadvantage for stone-coated steel roofing is the upfront cost.
To find out more about our specific products, call us at (714) 777-4040 or visit us at 1260 N. Hancock St., #108, Anaheim, CA 92807. A McCormack Roofing specialist will be ready to answer all your questions and help get you started.