Are you finally thinking about making a major investment into your home? When it comes to remodel projects, you obviously want to invest in upgrades that will have a long-term effect and increase the selling value of your home. Changing the roof is one of the best remodels. It can be a costly investment, but it is one that ultimately pays for itself in many ways. This article looks at two of the top choices for residential roofing products.
Wooden roof shingles are extremely popular. They've obviously been used in construction for centuries. Considering that they are a natural product, wood shingles are extremely durable and reliable. The wood use for roofing is tempered and reinforced to stand up to any weather condition. That being said, a wooden roof isn't going to last as long as many other products on the market. Unlike a wooden floor, you probably won't ever need to refinish your wooden roof. It is possible, but it really isn't very practical because of the design of the shingles. Most people just tear out their old singles and install new ones when they want to change their style.
Composite wood roofing products are also very popular. To be clear, these products aren't actually made out of wood, they just have wooden finishes. They have realistic and detailed wood prints that include grains, knots, saw marks, and unique coloring to make them look like real wood and shingles. If there is one place on your house that you should be okay with using composite wood, it is the roof.
Since the roof is up high, you don't get to see it up close very often. This means that even though composite wood products don't look exactly like real wood, you won't really be able to tell the difference from the curb. Composite wood flooring on the other hand, is easily discernible from real wood. So, it is easy to see why so many people prefer composite wood over real woods when it comes to roofing, but not flooring.
A composite wood roof is basically zero maintenance. It doesn't need to be sealed, you don't need to worry about termites, and water damage isn't going to be an issue. Like real wood, the finish will eventually fade a little bit and age, but this is all part of the process.
Composite wood is definitely a better choice if you want a low maintenance product, but prefer the look of wood. If you want real wood, it is still a great choice, but you have to be willing to put up with the shorter lifespan and increased upkeep. Contact a roofing contractor for more information.