Different Roofing Materials Pros and Cons

The time has finally come. The days of putting off the inevitable have come to a close. You now face the reality that your roof’s lifespan has come to an end, and replacement is absolutely necessary. But where do you start? With such a huge decision, there are a lot of variables to consider. One may wonder, “What are the different roofing materials pros and cons for a home in Orange County, and which is going to best fit my home?” Luckily for you, we plan on releasing a series of articles explaining different roofing materials pros and cons. First off, lets look at wood shingles/shake.

Wood Shingles/Shakes:

Wood is very versatile material because it works well with many different styles of homes. Wood shingles are definitely an iconic roofing material when it comes to traditional buildings due to their natural charm and advantages:

  • First of all, the aesthetic contributes immensely to it’s popularity, especially the way it looks as it ages very naturally.
  • The life expectancy of this material is pretty average (30 to sometimes 50 years).
  • It has the potential to improve the insulation of your home.
  • Repairing or replacing is an easy process.
  • They are an all natural material and recyclable.

Although there are apparent benefits to having this material cover your home, there are also reasons why people may decide against it, disadvantages:

  • Wood shingles are rather susceptible to the elements. They are known to collect mold and mildew.
  • Wood shingles can split and rot, so maintenance costs can quickly add up (installation and repairs).
  • Most materials for roofs today are fire resistant. Wood shingles are not.

Misconceptions of Roofing

Roofing Materials Pros and Cons

With all the different pros and cons for each material, it may be hard to figure out which one will best suit your home. Here at Western Roofing Systems, we don’t use wood and prefer metal roofs due to their long term benefits over other materials, but we want to provide you with knowledge on as many materials as possible to help you make an informed decision. Having more than 30 years of experience in Orange County, Los Angeles, Northern California, etc., we have a pretty good idea of what roof will best your home. Come back to read about our next roofing material, asphalt shingles!

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