A well-made and durable roof is considered an investment for a home. Making sure that the investment is worth it, you’d want to install a suitable roofing material that can ensure protection for your home from various weather conditions.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the roofing material and affordable roofing options for your homes, such as your budget for the roof’s longevity, strength, and style. It is why asphalt shingles are among the most commonly used type of roofing in residential homes that are affordable, easy to install, long-lasting, and able to fulfill their job.
However, having a common roofing material with over 75% of other homes can make for a dull house exterior design. Aside from providing protection, roofing materials can create a beautiful exterior design for your ideal home and elevate it to the next level. As the market offers several options for roofing material, here are some creative inspirations that can help make your home exterior less ordinary and more unique that is suitable for your style.
Synthetic roof tiles can be a cost-effective replica of traditional materials like slates, shakes, and shingles known as timeless classics because of their attractive appearance. Synthetic tiles are constructed from various environmentally-friendly materials such as recycled rubber and plastic-based materials in different colors to fit multiple preferences. Synthetic tiles are also lightweight, making them suitable for houses that cannot support the natural slate’s heavyweight.
At first, rubber roofing or Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) was used solely for commercial building material. However, it also found its way into residential homes as flat roofs became more popular with contemporary house exteriors.
There are not many roofing materials that can be compatible with flat roofs, as some don’t work properly on a low slope without customization. However, rubber roofs can be a suitable option if you plan for a flat roof in your home exterior with its low cost, easy installation process, long lifespan, and withstanding a variety of weather conditions.
Wood has been primarily a roofing option for centuries as it was coveted for its durability and abundance. However, as time passed, other roofing materials were discovered, and wood roofing generally fell out of favor.
Wood can be susceptible to mold, pest infestation, and damage over time, and homeowners would have to be more vigilant in maintenance. Despite this, some homeowners still favor the uniqueness and charm of a traditional wooden roof with its beautiful color and aesthetic appeal. Wood shingles can be a durable option for a roofing material that can last for up to 30 years before needing any serious maintenance. Wood roofs are also environmentally friendly since you can recycle them after the end of their life cycle.
Metal is becoming a more popular roofing material for homeowners in line with the emerging trend of industrialist and contemporary styles in home design. Opting for a metal roof with its durable, distinctive, and low maintenance characteristics can line up with what homeowners are looking for when it comes to roofing options.
Additionally, metal roofs are becoming more popular due to their flame resistance, eco-friendliness, and energy efficiency that may come at a higher price point according to the metal type.
There are also various looks to choose from regarding its appearance, with many options for colors, matte finishes, and profiles depending on what would suit a particular home exterior. It can even bear some resemblance to other roofing materials like tiles, asphalt shingles, and cedar shakes.
Most people are familiar with solar panels; those large and visible planks installed on rooftops turn UV rays from the sun into electricity that can power a home. However, it can be bulky in terms of appearance. If you are looking for ways to explore sustainable and renewable energy for your home, solar panels are not the option.
Homeowners can also opt for solar shingles as a sustainable energy source that performs like conventional shingles. Additionally, solar shingles also store UV rays from the sun that can create electricity like solar panels. Solar shingles also have a sleeker design that seamlessly blends with the house design, making it a preferable option for roofing material.
For more information about creative roofing options for your home, here is an infographic provided by Fahey Roofing + Contracting.