Roofing contractors are the key to installing or rebuilding a wood or composite roof. It doesn?t matter if the building has yet to be constructed, has a roof that needs replacements, or simply needs a few repairs ? a roofer is essential for the job.

The best quality materials, whether natural wood or composite, are essential when building a roof. The expense should always be considered, but not at the expense of an unsound roof. Talk to a roofing contractor to see what is available and get all the options out on the table in order to make the best possible choice.

Materials in Wood Roofing

Wood roofing material has been used for a very long time, for both its beauty and its practicality. There are a number of ways to shape it, depending upon personal preference of the homeowner.

  • Shingles ? A shingle is generally sawed from a block of wood, to give it a smooth and finished look. It is important to get shingles of sufficient
  • quality to avoid decay. Two commonly used types of wood for wooden shingles are cedar and treated yellow pine.
  • Shakes ? Where shingles are sawed from blocks of wood, shakes are sawed. This gives them a rough, rustic appearance that can be very charming. Shakes are generally made of the same types of wood as shingles, to make them resistant to decay.

The Disadvantages of Wooden Roofing Material

Even when wooden roofing material is treated to resist fire, it still has a greater risk of fire when compared to any other roofing material. Since this raises the risk of fire, it also raises the cost of insurance.

Wood is certainly beautiful and it can last up to twenty-five years, but it is not the best choice, ecologically speaking. The look of wood can still be had without any of the disadvantages, however, through the use of composites and synthetics.

Composite Roofing Material

Composite roofing is not made from wood, but synthetic material. It can be finished to look just like wood shingles, shakes, slate, and any number of other popular roofing materials.

Because of its durability and long lifespan, composite roofing is growing in popularity. They are more fire-resistant than natural wood and sometimes even infused with an additive that can prevent moss and mold from infecting the tiles.

Composite roofing material can accommodate any kind of look a homeowner wishes to have for the home. Consult a composite roofing contractor to see all the options available.