Various Types of Roofing Materials

Before doing a roofing project, one might not understand how wide the selection of roofing material. Only a part of shingles in a local home improvement warehouse can be enough to make an amateur head spin. Shingles is just the beginning; there are various kinds of materials to be decided between when starting a roof project. To begin with clarifying, the roofing material is the visible top layer of the roof. Roofing material is intended for the purpose of isolation and protection from external elements, with secondary functions as aesthetics.

There are several roofing materials made from natural elements. The thatched roof is made of overlapping plant material and can still be found throughout Europe and the UK. The thatched roof may look outdated but some can have a very long life expectancy and protect well against the elements. Most straw roof applications are currently in developing countries. But, there are many rich people who choose straw to make a rustic look or have a more environmentally conscious home. Slate is another natural material and many roofs around the world are still used. Slate is a type of stone that can be broken into tiles easily because of its fine grain. Slate is mostly used in Europe and England but can be found in several places in America as well. Slate roofs are very durable but can also be very expensive. Also, 90% of slate roofs in Europe come from slate found in Spain.

The type of roofing material that most Americans are familiar with is shingles. While shingles includes a variety of ingredients, it is generally used to describe overlapping rectangular materials. Shingles can be made from wood (shakes), slate, asphalt (bitumen), ceramics, or composites. With the development of new materials throughout history, wood shingles and paper-based asphalt are …