If you want to spend money on home improvements, you should think about how your investment will affect the overall value of your property. In general, exterior upgrades have a bigger impact on property values. By increasing the curb appeal of your home, a smartly chosen and designed exterior remodel is going to attract buyers and increase the value of your home. One of the best exterior remodels is a roofing replacement. This article compares three of the most popular residential roofing materials on the market.
Wood shingles are among the most common roofing materials for residential properties. They are widely available, affordable, and easy to install. Of course, people also love the look of real wood. That being said, it is important to realize that wood shingles are usually not the most long-lasting product. Wood is always going to be vulnerable to termite and moisture damage. All in all, a wood shingle roof will probably last about 30 years.
If you want something that will last much longer, but still has a natural look, you should consider clay tiles. Clay tiles are also affordable, but they have about twice the lifespan of wood (over 50 years). One of the best things about clay tile is that the pieces are typically shaped. This creates a nice dynamic on your roof because it creates a subtle pattern. For instance, rounded clay tiles can create channels that look great and help to funnel water off of your roof. The installation of clay tiles is definitely more difficult than installing wood shingles, but it is still a manageable material.
Slate is another natural material that is common on residential roofs. Slate is heavier and stronger than both clay and wood, which can add more insulation and protection. It also has a much longer lifespan. A slate roof can last over 100 years with hardly any upkeep. Since it is very heavy, the roof deck often needs to be reinforced before slate can be installed on it. This makes it a hard material to use on older wooden structures. This is definitely something you need to consider because the cost of reinforcing your roof deck is going to be significant. It could cost as much as the actual slate.
All three of these products can be a perfect solution for your home. You need to ultimately think about style, functionality, and price of each.