There are a lot of roofing materials on the market and it can be overwhelming to sort through them all. One easy way to eliminate options is to consider your region and climate. Some choices are a bad idea in some areas, so you really shouldn’t even put them on your list of possibilities. For Maryland’s climate and weather, there are certain roof materials that really work well. This guide can help you narrow down your choices to the materials that will fit your area, your budget, and your aesthetic preferences (contact us for more information). Read on to learn more!
Available Roof Materials
There are a growing number of materials on the market that you can purchase for your house’s roof. They include asphalt, metal (aluminum and steel), wood shakes, ceramic tiles, slate, and a growing array of synthetic materials. They all have qualities to consider, but not all options are great for a home in Maryland.
While Maryland tends to have a relatively moderate temperate climate, it is a humid climate. Additionally, in the Baltimore area you will deal with weather conditions caused by the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The moist air will ruin certain types of roofing materials.
The most common and, likely, the best options for those who live in the Baltimore area include traditional asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Metal roofing is an excellent choice as it is resistant to moisture, acts as a great insulator, and lasts for years and years. If you live in a particularly windy area, metal sheet roofing is ideal since it doesn’t blow off as easily as shingles do.
You could choose to install wood shakes on your roof, though you’ll need to do a lot of maintenance to keep them from warping and rotting, and to keep away insects. You might consider the synthetic version of wood shakes for hassle-free maintenance. Slate could potentially be a beautiful, high-end option for your roof, especially as this material lasts for decades. But it isn’t typically very budget-friendly.
To install the perfect roof for your home in Maryland, contact us at Turner Roofing!