A house without a roof is not a house. It’s a very large water tank every time it rains. Naturally, the roof is one of the most important parts of any home. There are several types of roof to choose from and each has its pros and cons.
The traditional and familiar peaked roof is usually covered with shingles. Asphalt shingles, such as those used in IKO roofing, are the most common. They seal the roof from the elements, last long, and come in a variety of colors for a great aesthetic look. Shingles are also lower in cost than most other roofing solutions.
Solar Roof Tiles
A modern and high-tech roofing material is the solar roof tile which can be installed on top of IKO shingles. Each tile generates 13-63 watts of energy. They can help reduce your energy costs and are a good alternative for homeowners who are not permitted to have solar panels. However, there are prohibitively expensive. An average-sized home would cost $60,000-$75,000 to have solar tiles installed.
Another type of roofing that has been gaining popularity is a metal roof. Metal roofs are installed either in vertical panels or shingles. They are durable, repel water and snow, and are low-maintenance, and light-weight. The cost is similar to a shingle roof. The downsides are that metal roofs are very noisy when it rains and many people don’t care for the non-traditional look.
Another less-common material used for roofing is slate. It’s waterproof, fireproof, and incredibly durable. A slate roof can last a century. The cons are that slate is extremely heavy, can break when stepped on, and it’s expensive.
The roof is not a part of your home you want to neglect. Know the options, the climate where you live, and your budget to make a good decision. A good roofing company can help.