The material put on the roof of a house is what is referred to as roofing material. The roofing material helps prevent natural elements like wind, dust, and rain from getting into the building through the roof. Most commonly used roofing material nowadays is the roof shingles which are overlapping elements. Materials such as fiber cement, plastic, wood, and metal are used to make the roof shingles although some parts of the world still use ceramic roof tiles. Roof shingles play a major role in the aesthetic aspect of the building. Installation of the shingles start from the bottom to the top and some of the shingles require a solid sheeting on the roof deck while others are installed on the lath.
Materials for making the roof shingles are locally available. in the united states, the commonly used shingles are the asphalts shingles which have a lifespan of between twenty to fifty years. There are two types of wood shingles depending on how they are made, the shingles and shakes. The former is sawn while the latter is split. Stone shingles have a lifespan of eighty to one hundred years depending on the quality of stone used and the maintenance although they are pretty expensive to install. In fire-prone areas, metal shingles can be used. Due to its low cost, plastic has been used to create imitation slate shingles which are lightweight and not fragile though they are highly flammable. One very good example of fibre cement roof shingles is the asbestos which people were highly discouraged from using because the material caused health complications in people.
There are various factors on needs to consider when choosing roof shingles for their home. Temperature of the area you live in will determine the color and material In order to keep the temperature of the house warm in a cold climate, darker colored shingles are recommended as they absorb heat whereas lighter shingles are recommended for houses in a warm climate to keep the temperatures in the house low. Color coordination between the roof and the building is really important. When contrasting colors, make sure that they go well together so that the final product looks pleasing to the eye.
Choose colors that are similar to the house in the neighborhood or close to those houses to ensure that your house fits in with the other houses. Ensure that the architectural design was chosen and the roofing design chosen to go hand in hand. Find out the various variety of roofing material available in an area before picking one. This will help you choose the right roofing material depending on its convenience to your housing needs.