From choosing a bathroom suite to choosing the perfect kitchen island, there are many exciting things to consider for your brand-new, customized luxury residence. But on the one hand, it may not be too interesting to choose the right roofing material.
The roof may not be very exciting, but it must be important and will have a significant impact on the overall safety and aesthetics of your home. The high-quality roof can keep your home dry, prevent rain and snow. It can improve energy efficiency and make your home friendlier to the environment.
Roof materials have improved dramatically over the past few decades. And today there are more options than ever – which can be confusing if you don’t know where to start. Therefore, before you bring your roofing contractor in, let’s take a look at some of the top choices on your radar as the icing on the cake of your beautiful new home.
Asphalt and composite shingles/ tiles
Asphalt and asphalt composite shingles are the two most effective roofing materials at present, so it is not surprising that they are the most popular materials. It is usually made of a glass fiber base topped with asphalt and mineral particles. It is fast and convenient to install and relatively easy to maintain and replace. There are many colors to choose from, lighter tones can reflect light, further improve the energy efficiency of the home, and this material also provides excellent fire protection. However, it is worth remembering that they are a less sustainable option than some alternatives and are usually ending up in landfills at the end of life.
There are several different varieties of concrete tiles, some are made of lightweight concrete; others contain additional wood or clay fibers to strengthen them without adding weight. It is a very durable choice, can use for up to 50 years, is fire-resistant, recyclable. Also has a variety of textures and colors. Although relatively light, they are still heavier than many alternative materials and require additional frames to support them. But overall, they are durable, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly.
Synthetic roofs can be made of a variety of materials, including clay, plastic, and rubber. Usually designed as more traditional slate roofs. It is mainly used for low flat roofs, usually with a 50-year warranty, and the thermoplastic single-ply (very suitable for flat roofs or low pitched roofs). Enjoys the highest energy star rating among all roof materials, so it is the most sustainable choice in terms of energy efficiency. But sadly, the bet on recycling is not so big. Since synthetic roofing materials are still relatively new and the construction contractor has limited expertise in installing these materials. If you intend to choose synthetic materials, be sure to look around for contractors familiar with them.
As one of the most traditional choices, a natural slate roof has long been the preferred material for a family roof. It is especially because of its impressive durability and service life, which can use for decades if effectively maintained. With natural strong and tough water absorption, it is not easy to leak and freeze damage in cold weather. Also has fire resistance. Therefore, it may not be surprising that slate roof tiles are still a popular choice today. Various colors and shapes can now provide maximum versatility.
The bottom line
When choosing the right roofing material for your custom luxury home, everything depends on your personal choice. But fire resistance, energy efficiency, and durability should be key considerations when making your choice. With the increasing environmental pressure, we can also do our part to choose natural recyclable materials without compromising aesthetics.
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