If you need to install a new roof for your home or business, or are looking to replace an old one, then you might be overwhelmed by the number of options available to you. Nowadays, there are so many different styles and materials to choose from. To help you out, here's a breakdown of some of the most common options and why they might work for you:
This is one of the more expensive options for commercial roofing. It's very durable, resistant to wind and fire damage, and lighter than some other options. However, it is also a somewhat poor insulator since metal is a fairly good conductor. This means that if the metal roof gets too hot or too cold, it will transfer some of that heat (or lack thereof) into the building, which can increase your heating or air conditioning costs, depending on the season.
This ultimately means that metal roofs are excellent choices for businesses, where people might not be in the building during the night, when the poor insulation of the metal allows the temperature inside the building to drop.
This is the most popular option for roofing due to its low cost, aesthetic appeal, and good durability. Another big draw is that asphalt shingles are incredibly easy to install, which means that you don't need to hire expensive contractors to get the job done. If you've got the time and the motivation, you can install an asphalt shingle roof with relative ease.
This makes asphalt a good choice for residential homes. A low price point and the simplicity to allow amateur installation benefit the fiscally responsible homeowner.
This option is more popular in cities due to an phenomenon called the "heat island effect." This effect describes a situation where a city is substantially warmer than the surrounding rural areas. Green roofs directly counteract this by lowering the temperature of the city slightly. If enough green roofs are present, the heat island effect might be entirely mitigated.
A green roof is essentially a roof that is covered in plants. These plants absorb some sunlight that would otherwise hit the building and raise the temperature inside. This sunlight is used in photosynthesis, which removes carbon dioxide from the air and adds oxygen. These plants also filter out harmful particulates from the air, which results in a much higher air quality for the entire city.
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