Roofing is one of the most critical elements of the structure of a house. A roof protects a structure from nature’s fury, from inclement weather, heat, cold, and rain or any other form of elemental destruction. Roofing is the covering over a structure, consisting of all materials used to support it on top of rafters, timbers, or on-site build-up, that provide protection from rain, snow, sun, extremes of temperature and wind. A roof is often part of the total building envelope. The roof covers the structural interior of the house and the roof protects the structural, external from weather conditions.
Roofing material can take many forms. Common roofing materials are either clay or rubber slate. The clay material, which is made of gypsum and clay particles, is more fire retardant than rubber slate and thus can be used for a longer period of time. Rubber slate is a man-made material that can be applied with a hot-dipped sprayer on your roof. If you are looking for a roofing material that is less fire retardant but still as durable as clay, then gypsum rubber slate roofing would be a good choice.
Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in North America. They are resistant to the common elements and have been a popular roofing option for a number of decades. Although they are expensive to install, asphalt shingles are durable and easy to maintain, and if properly maintained, last a lifetime. There are different varieties of asphalt shingles such as metal, diamond plate, and metal roofing tiles.