The roof is the most visible part of the house and really determines the appearance of the house. The roof serves to protect the contents of the house from heat, cold, rain, and wind. The choice of roofing material is also very influential on the activities of the residents of the house. Not all roofing materials are suitable for your home, so it doesn’t hurt to know the weaknesses and strengths of each of these roofing materials.
Shingles are usually made of weather-resistant scrap metal or ironwood. Shingle sheets come in unique colors, widths, thicknesses and cuts so they look natural. The advantage of using shingles is that the house will be cool because it does not absorb solar heat and creates good air circulation.
Installation is more difficult than tile roofs and is prone to fire if not treated with a heat-resistant coating. People rarely use shingles because of their high price and scarcity of ingredients.
Clay tile is the most commonly used roofing material. This roofing material is very durable because it cannot rot, catch fire, or be damaged by insects. Roofs that use clay tiles need little or no maintenance at all.
The disadvantage of clay tile is its heavy weight, so it requires a stronger supporting board. The color of tile can fade or turn black after a long period of use, but a new type of tile that is properly processed will produce a more permanent color.
Concrete Roof Tile
Concrete roof tiles are made of cement which is reinforced with fibers and certain additives. Some concrete roof tiles are coated with plastic, enamel, thin metal, and other materials.
Concrete tiles are very durable because they are fire, weathering and insect resistant. The shape and color of concrete tiles are very varied so that they are interesting in the aspect of appearance. Its weakness is limited to its weight which is heavier than clay tile and the price is relatively more expensive.
Metal roof tiles are made of stainless metal. Metal roof tiles are also very durable because they are fire resistant and do not require much maintenance. Metal tiles reflect heat to keep the house cool.
In addition, metal tile is environmentally friendly because it is made of recycled metal. Its light weight makes it unnecessary for a strong roof stand. The main drawback of this metal tile is that it is very expensive.
Zinc is made from thin, corrugated metal sheets that are bonded to each other using nails. Zinc is an inexpensive, lightweight and durable roof covering material. The disadvantages of zinc are its heat resistance, rust easily, less attractive appearance, and is easily blown away by wind because of its light weight.
Asbestos is almost similar to zinc, which is cheap, lightweight, and durable. It’s just that asbestos does not absorb heat like zinc, so the house will be cooler. The downside of asbestos is its unattractive appearance and it cracks easily if you step on it. In addition, it is also at risk for causing health hazards such as mesothelioma lung cancer.