Slate roof in Potomac, Maryland
A slate roof might be just the right touch for your Potomac home!

Whether you are considering a roof repair or a full roof replacement for your home on the Potomac River, Maryland, be prepared to make a lot of decisions. From shingle colors to the slope of your roof, there are many different options and roofing materials for a home owner to choose from. So what are the best roofing options for your home?

Things to Keep in Mind About Roofing

Not every type of material can be used on every roof. Many options include either a “shake” or a “shingle” version of the material. Shakes give your home a rustic design as these options are sewn on one side to give the material a grooved appearance. Shingles are smooth in appearance. Talk with the designers at Absolute Home Solutions for the best options for your home.  Also, don’t forget to take a look at our roofing gallery!

Asphalt Shingles

This is the most common of all roofing material. It is the least expensive option in both materials and installation costs. It is made from either an organic paper fiber mat fiberglass that is mixed with asphalt and given a sand-like surface. There are two different levels of thickness to choose from: the standard single layer or the thicker, laminate version. The laminate shingles have a different texture and last roughly half as long as the other shingles.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

The use of wood shingles and shakes for roofing dates back centuries, although in recent years, some areas have banned its use due to fire codes. Today’s materials are usually made out of three options: cedar, redwood, and southern pine. These options have a life expectancy of approximately 25 years but are pricier than asphalt.

Metal Roofing

One of the most expense options for roofs, metal comes in a variety of shades and materials such as aluminum, steel, copper, copper-and-asphalt, and lead. These are durable but expensive options.

Tile and Slate Roofs

Tile options are half cylinders that are commonly found on Spanish Colonial and Mission style homes. These are durable, expensive, and very heavy. Slate is the most durable of all the options on this list but is also expensive and heavy. Most slate sold is recycled for reinstallation and can last more than two centuries.

When choosing a new style roof, it is important to choose something that will withstand the elements in your area. For example, your home on the Potomac River might need something that is a bit more wind resistant than the homes in Gaithersburg. Maryland is known for its humidity and its summer rain showers. It is important to choose something with good ventilation and durability. Speak with the roofers and designers at Absolute Home Solutions for your best roofing options.

Contact your roofing contractor

If you are thinking about replacing your roof or just want more information on the materials and services we offer, contact Absolute Home Solutions at 240-328-9872 for a free consultation. You can also connect with Absolute Home Solutions on FacebookGoogle+Pinterest and Twitter.

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