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The Search for the Best Roofing Material – Part 3: The Favorites – Metal and Wood Roofs

By October 30, 2015June 25th, 2020No Comments

Metal and wood roofing have been around for centuries, but these two materials remain popular among new homeowners and remodelers alike. What makes them such timeless favorites in roofing?

Metal

There are different kinds of metal roofs but some of the most popular options include stainless steel and aluminum.

  • Durability. Metal roofs are tough, lasting for several decades in various climates when properly maintained. The material is naturally vulnerable to moisture exposure but this is not a problem because metal roofs are typically galvanized and use protective coating.
  • Style. Metal roofs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from corrugated and smooth panels to tiles, and can be formed to mimic other roofing materials, so you have a range of options available to you. You can also have them painted, allowing you to use whatever color you want to suit your preferences.
  • Energy Efficiency. While metal heats up faster than other materials, it also sheds off heat quickly, keeping heat transfer to your home to a minimum. Metal roofs also naturally reflect a lot of the heat away from the home but solar reflectance levels can be further improved when they are painted.
  • Cost. Metal roofs are one of the most cost-effective options available today, combining great affordability with great quality to offer homeowners great value for their money.

Wood

One of the first roofing materials used by man, wood is usually available as shakes or shingles. Different kinds of wood may be used as roofing but cedar and pine are the most commonly used in the U.S.

  • Durability. In the right climate, wood roofs can outlast asphalt shingles and even metal roofing. They will require a little bit more maintenance, however, because wood is naturally vulnerable to moisture and insect damage.
  • Style. Wood shakes and shingles look absolutely amazing on traditional homes, particularly cottage-style properties, because they impart a rustic vibe like no other. They can be painted but staining is the more popular option as this allows the wood’s natural features to show, boosting the roofing material’s charm.
  • Energy Efficiency. Wood is a natural insulator so it does not promote heat transfer, aiding in stabilizing indoor temperatures to prevent your HVAC system from working overtime and guzzling power needlessly.
  • Cost. Wood roofs can be on the expensive side because overall costs will include maintenance requirements. Given what you’ll get out of getting a wood roof, however, you’ll see that it is a worthy investment.

Asphalt shingles, slate, metal, and wood are just some of the roofing materials you can take into consideration. They offer a number of benefits, making them ideal for a wide range of homes, but if you’re not sure which one to get, don’t hesitate to give your Spicer Bros. a call to get some assistance.