A house’s roof plays a major role in many aspects of the home’s aesthetic appeal, function and structural integrity, and much of that is derived from the materials it’s constructed from. The roof greatly shapes the overall appearance of a home and perception of its condition. No matter how nice the rest of a home is inside and out, a rundown roof will dominate the overall impression it generates. A home’s roof greatly affects its energy efficiency. A roof constructed of popular roof materials that offset the impact of the local climate will conserve huge amounts of wasted energy through heat and cold loss, saving homeowners tens of thousands of dollars over the years.
A high-quality roof is also a necessity for keeping out the elements and preserving the health of the home’s structure. With extreme weather events expected to increase due to the effects of global warming, having a strong and efficient roof continues to grow in importance.
Heritage Construction Co. is an industry leading contractor business that specializes in roofing and storm restoration, with a decade of experience. According to the experts at Heritage Construction Co. the visual appeal of different roofing materials will largely be in the eye of the beholder, but their various benefits and drawbacks are more concrete.
According to Heritage Construction Co., metal roofs are slowly gaining in popularity thanks to their energy efficiency and long lifespans. Metal roofs come in a variety of styles and colors to match a home’s existing look and are both lightweight and solar-friendly. They are quicker to install than most other materials because of their larger panels, cutting down on installation costs. Heritage Construction Co. adds that contrary to popular belief, metal roofs are a suitable material for warmer climates; however, the durability and heat-resistant properties make for an excellent choice.
Metal roofs do have some cons that are rather unique to them, including the noise they make when being battered by rain, an inability to walk across some of them, and the added difficulty in repairing them due to those larger panels.
Pros and Cons of Asphalt Roofs
Heritage Construction Co. explains that asphalt roofs are extremely popular due to their low initial cost (they can be 50%-75% cheaper than competing materials), and ease of installation (existing asphalt shingles can simply be added on to with more rather than replaced). Additionally, asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles, including lighter, more energy efficient ones.
Asphalt roofs have several drawbacks, with their steep environmental impact being one of the largest. And while initial costs are low, asphalt roofs have shorter lifespans and can require more frequent maintenance than other materials. Annual roof inspection are also recommended.
Tile roofing is most commonly made from concrete, slate, or clay, and offers a charming aesthetic quality. According to Heritage Construction Co, - which has decades of experience working with tile roofing - they are also some of the longest-lasting and most weather-resistant roofs available. The major benefits to tile are that they rarely leak, are eco-friendly, and require minimal maintenance.
The installation of tile roofs can be a challenge and should only be entrusted to experienced roofing specialists. They are also relatively heavy, which could require structural reinforcements to the house in the case of tile being used to replace a lighter material like asphalt shingles. The use of tile is also restricted to roofs with a pitch of no less than 4:12.
About Heritage Construction Co.
Heritage Construction Co. was founded in 2009 in Corpus Christi, Texas by the Brydon brothers. Heritage Construction Co. was introduced to Texas in order to combat the lack of existing roofing contractors who are skilled enough to work within the high standards set forth by the Texas Windstorm Association. Heritage Construction Co. has grown to become a full-service roofing contractor specializing in residential, commercial, and storm restoration services throughout the state. Heritage Construction Co. proudly sell only the highest quality materials, installed by the most qualified technicians, and operate according to the highest roofing industry standards.