Which roof material is best?

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You’re likely aware of the many factors that go into a roof replacement.

Old Time roofing created this blog to share information about different types of roofing materials, and the benefits and drawbacks of each. This blog will help you to determine which roofing material is right for you.

Asphalt Shingle

Asphalt is the most popular roofing material for residential buildings in the United States. It is the most cost-effective roofing material available. Asphalt Shingles are available in many colors and are easy to install.

They don’t require as much attention as other materials like clay or metal. Asphalt is also environmentally friendly. Asphalt can be used to create driveways and parking lots.

Asphalt shingles are energy-efficient, which is perhaps the best feature. This type of roof doesn’t trap heat like other roofing materials. This makes it less likely that heat will transfer from the outside to your home. This will keep your home and business warmer, as well as your energy bills lower.

Built-up Roofing (BUR).

Built-up roofing is also known as “BUR” and is a popular type of roofing material in the United States. According to BBC data, BUR is the most important sector of the United States’ roofing industry with a market value of approximately $700 million.

BUR is a mixture of asphalt and cloth with a top layer of stone or gravel. This material is ideal for flat roofs as it provides a continuous, sealed surface. Shingles on the other side are not sealed and must always be laid at an angle that allows water to drain.

BUR has been around since the beginning and its energy efficiency and design have improved greatly. Modern BUR materials have an extra layer of insulation that helps keep indoor temperatures stable.

This will help you to save money over the long term on your energy bills. BUR has a similar lifespan to asphalt shingles, with a life expectancy of up to 40 years. BUR is a low-maintenance material but installation can be slow due to the many layers.

Clay Tile

Clay tile is another long-lasting roofing material. It dates back to ancient Rome and Greece. Clay tile is still very popular due to its ease of maintenance and long life expectancy. Although it is unlikely you will ever need to replace clay tiles after installation, it is usually quick and easy.

Clay Tile has a reputation for being able to withstand the harshest weather conditions. These tiles have a life expectancy of 100 years and come with extended warranties.

Clay tile is however one of the most costly roofing materials. Clay is very resilient but can be damaged by cold temperatures. Clay tile is more common in warm climates like Florida.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Largo Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.