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4 Alternatives To Asphalt Shingles

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When it comes to replacing the shingles on your roof, you don't have to stick with asphalt shingles. You can use many roofing material alternatives if you don't want to stick with asphalt shingles.

Alternative #1: Built-Up Roof

A built-up roof is also often called a bitumen roof. A built-up roof contains multiple layers. To start with, it contains decking followed by insulation, reinforced ply sheets, and surfacing materials. Each layer is bonded together using a bitumen material, such as tar.

Built-up roofs usually provide high-quality insulation for your home and work really well on roofs with low slopes.

Alternative #2: Solar Shingles

With solar shingles, instead of putting up asphalt shingles and then putting a solar panel on top of the shingles, you can just put up shingles that will absorb light and provide your home with energy.

Modern solar shingles are made from a rigid material, usually from a material such as tempered glass. They can be installed just like asphalt shingles, and they can be installed along with other shingle materials.

The greatest thing about solar shingles is that they will generate electricity for your home and will pay for themselves over time.

Alternative #3: Stone-Coated Metal

If you are looking for a material that will last for decades, you should consider stone-coated metal roofing. A typical corrosion-resistant metal roofing material is then covered with a granite coating. The granite coating is designed to not slough off. It helps strengthen the base metal material it is attached to.

Stone-coated metal roofs provide your home with insulation via air channels created between the roof deck and the roofing. This unique insulation method will help keep your home cool in the summer and prevent ice dams in the winter.

Alternative #4: Standing Seam

A standing seam roof is a different type of metal roof. A standing seam roof consists of vertical panels that only have two seams on each panel that run vertically. Standing seam roofs are designed to be installed with an ice-and-water shield, and they can keep your home safe while giving your home a stately look. Additionally, as a metal roofing material, you should be able to get decades of use out of a standing seam metal roof. 

When it comes to putting a new roof on your home, carefully consider various roofing materials. Consider each roofing material's cost, insulation value, and lifespan to get the best roofing material for your home.

For more information about alternative roofing materials to asphalt shingles, talk to a roofing contractor in your area.