Depending on the preference of the homeowner, builder or architect, there are a number of different materials that are used for roofing in Fort Washington. Many people choose tiles, asphalt shingles or metal for a roof which looks great and provides long life. The best option usually is dependent on the style of the home; a home built to mimic Mediterranean designs will usually use tiles, many homes which are built in the traditional New England look favor cedar whereas metal roofs which are available in many shapes and colors are good for almost every style of house. Asphalt shingles are the most common shingles; they are available in a wide range of colors, are extremely good at fighting the elements, are resistant to fire and are the least expensive of all roofing materials.
From a time to completion point of view metal roofing is by far the quickest to install as it is delivered to the job site in large sheets. High quality metal roofing is not cheap; it can be as expensive as some of the more exotic materials such as tiles. Although it may be high priced, it lasts a long time as the metal is treated in the factory with a special overcoat that resists fading and rusting. These roofs are very environmentally sound as they are usually made from recycled materials and at the end of their useful life can enter the recycling stream again.
Tile roofs are well known; they have been used for centuries and can be seen on old Roman structures. Tiles are very resistant to wind, hail, rain and fire, they can easily last hundreds of years. If there are any problems associated with tile roofing in Fort Washington it is the weight. To support the weight of tiles the roof structure has to be considerably beefed up.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type of roofing material. They are made as a composite with a fiberglass base, asphalt coating and then covered with various colored minerals. These shingles are simple and quick to install and all roofers are very familiar with the installation basics including flashing. The life expectancy is at minimum 20 years, not as long as slate, tile or metal but great value.