Answering Your Questions About Roofing

Four Alternative Roofing Materials To Replace Your Worn Asphalt Shingles

by Donald Evans

Asphalt shingles can wear out and eventually need to be replaced. When it is time to replace your asphalt roof, you may want to consider alternative materials.  Some of the materials that are available include synthetic slates, treated shakes and metal roofing shingles. All these materials have their benefits and can be a great choice for your new roof. If you are ready to have alternative roofing installed to replace your asphalt shingles, here are some of the choices you have:

1. Treated Shakes For A Wood Roofing Solution

If you want to have wood roofing installed on your home, wood shakes can be a fire hazard. They can also be prone to rot and decay in wet climates. Treated wood roofing materials have been developed to address these problems. If you live in a dry climate, you can have shakes installed that have been treated with a fire retardant. For wet climates, there are pressure treated shakes that you have installed on your home.

2. Energy Efficient Synthetic Roofing Materials

There are also synthetic roofing materials that can be made to look like slate or shake roofing. Synthetic roofing materials can look great and give your home energy efficiency. Another benefit of the synthetic materials is that they are often made out of recycled materials. This makes synthetic a great choice for green roofing and an affordable choice for replacing asphalt.

3. Metal Roofing Shingles For A Durable Roofing Material

Metal roofing is another great choice for replacing asphalt shingles. Metal can be a little more costly, but is a very durable choice. Metal roofing will last for many decades without needing to be replaced. In some cases, the metal can be installed over asphalt shingles, saving you money on having the old roof removed and disposed of. Metal roofing shingles can also resemble materials like shakes and slates, or even have decorative styles.

4. Composite Roofing Materials For A Green Roofing Solution

There are also composite roofing materials that are made from plastic and rubber composites. These materials can be affordable and are a green roofing solution. They can provide you with an energy efficient roofing solution. These materials are often made from recycled goods, which can help limit the environmental impact of this type of roof.

These are some of the choices you have to replace your old asphalt shingles. If you are ready to have your asphalt shingles replaced with some of these materials, contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about using asphalt alternatives to replace the shingles on your home.