Gable, mansard, hip, flat and shed roofs are available styles. A gable roof has two sections identical in size and meeting at an angle. These styles are great for adding extra ceiling space and allowing water to run off. Flat roofs are called flat, but they actually have a slight slope so some water can run off. Flat roofs are not as expensive as many other roofs; however, they can be heavily damaged if water is allowed to sit on them. Flat roofs are not recommended for people living in wet climates.
Asphalt is a good choice as an affordable roof that's simple to install. Asphalt shingles consist of fiberglass and are lightweight. Roofing that's done using asphalt shingles can last more than 20 years when installed correctly. These shingles can also come in single or multi-layered styles. Laminated asphalt shingles can be layered to the point they resemble slate shingles. Storms with strong winds are the greatest threat to roofing with asphalt shingles.
Metal roofing can come in a variety of types, including aluminum, copper and steel. Metal roofs can also favor other roofing styles, such as shingles or wood shakes. Very little maintenance is needed for metal roofing and it is considered to be fire-proof. Metal roofs reflect the sun's rays, keeping a home cool even in the summer. Metal roofing is lightweight, recyclable and can be installed over the roofing you currently have on your home. Installation costs for metal roofing may be higher than other types of roofing.
It is vital to follow certain roofing installation guidelines, as small mistakes could lead to leaks. One common mistake is when workers don't properly secure the roof because they fail to use an adequate amount of caulking. Another installation concern is when water gets caught underneath shingles after icy and snowy weather. This problem can be dealt with by having an underlayment installed to prevent dripping water from entering the home. Even roofs showing no signs of trouble should be inspected at least twice a year.