Your local home inspector is going to take some time to check into the roofing materials of any home you’re looking at purchasing. And, it can have a big impact on your decision.
The material a roof is made from is very important to the structural integrity and durability of the roof. The material is definitely something you and your inspector should consider when looking at a home. Some materials are more common in some areas than in other areas. Certain materials are also seen as ideal for different types of roofs, dependent on the slops and pitches of the roof itself. Others are not so ideal based on the roof's size or shape.
Flat roofs, or roofs with very slight or no slope at all, low slope roofs, and steep slope roofs are the most common types of roofs to be found. Each has different roofing materials that are considered ideal.
Most commonly found as a residential roofing material, asphalt shingles are often found on steep sloping roofs in the United States. They vary in quality and multiple manufacturers produce them.
The wood shake shingle is what inspired the modern day asphalt single. Although it looks similar to the lay of an asphalt shingle, wood shingles are generally much thicker. The wood shakes will overlap each other, making up the roof and turning it into something weather proof. The down side? They require a lot of maintenance to stay working and looking like new. The upside is the unique rustic look they can give to a structure. They're very popular on ski