In our last post, part one of this two-part series, we highlighted the benefits, along with a few of the drawbacks, of roof materials that included metal, asphalt, and clay tile. We didn’t have the time to cover all of the materials we wanted to, so we went ahead and took the liberty to turn the post into a two-part series. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at a few of the pros and cons of concrete tile, slate roofing, and wood shakes. So keep reading if you are interested in learning more about how to choose the best roof for your specific situation!
A roofing material found on more contemporary homes, concrete tile refers to a variety of panel and shingle types. Concrete tiles which have been made from cement products have become more and more popular over recent years. Some involve the use of plastics, others recyclable material, while others are made from thin metals. This makes it difficult to generalize about concrete tile roofs to a certain degree, but almost all kinds are low-maintenance, durable, and resistant to rot and pests. Concrete tile can often resemble other styles of roofs, so be sure to keep that in mind when you bring it up to your trusted roofing contractor of Colorado Springs (hint: that’s us!).
Comparable to clay tiles, slate roofing is both natural and eye-catching. Slate roofing is usually found on more upscale homes, but no matter where they are found, they do a great job of providing an extra level of class to the entire home on which they are installed. There is plenty more to like about slate roofing aside from its appearance; it’s known as a longstanding kind of roof in addition to offering homeowners a wide range of patterns and types of slate to choose from. Slate roofs, however, are far from perfect. Because they are heavy, slate roofs might need more structural support than other choices. They can also be somewhat fragile — fragile enough to break by someone walking on it. When you consider the kind of hail that we get in this part of the state, slate roofing might not be the best choice for the majority of Colorado Springs homeowners.
Wood shakes don’t last too long, usually in the range of 15-20 years. But they do offer some unique benefits, like bringing any home they are found on an organic feel. Likewise, homeowners get a greater degree of control when electing to go with wood shakes, as they can determine specifics like thickness, type of wood, type of cut, and even color. Wood shakes offer superior insulation while still letting your home breathe.
A final note about wood shakes is that, if you choose to go this route, it’s vital to find an experienced roofing company to install it. Projects require precision and a deep understanding of this roofing system, so be sure to go with Go2 Contracting if you are interested in wood shakes on your Colorado Springs home!
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