Choosing the right material for your new roof can be a confusing process. From asphalt shingles to metal roofing or tiles, how can you know which material is best for your home? What about plastic roofing? If you haven’t heard of it, roofing made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is new on the roofing-materials scene. Is it a worthy option for a roof replacement? Let’s look at plastic roofing and what you need to know about it before choosing your next roof.
Why Choose a Plastic Roof?
Your child’s Barbie Dreamhouse might do well with its plastic roof, but can your “real” home benefit from plastic roofing?
Plastic roofing material has a few benefits you might consider when it’s time to get a new roof.
It’s Fire Resistant
Your roof helps protect your home from weather and fire. When choosing a new roof, you want a material that has a Class A level of fire resistance. Class A is the highest rating for roofing and other materials against the threat of fire.
Most plastic roofs have a Class A rating. How is that possible with a plastic roof? While many plastics can melt in extreme heat, the PVC that goes into a plastic roof resists extreme heat and fire to achieve that top rating.
It’s Impact Resistant
Despite being lighter in weight than many other roofing materials, a plastic roof is highly impact resistant.
A plastic roof can withstand heavy winds and falling limbs or other debris. Your plastic roof can also handle it when you walk on it to put up Christmas lights or when roofers need to get on the roof to make repairs.
It’s Water (and Pest) Resistant
Because plastic is a water-resistant material, your home can benefit from a plastic roof. With water-resistant properties, plastic roof panels aren’t susceptible to fungus, rot, mildew, or decay that can lead to holes and leaks.
When a roof falls victim to these conditions, it’s easier for animals to find a way into your attic through the roof. Since your plastic roof won’t rot because of damp weather conditions, you can reduce the access entry points that rodents might find into your home.
Why Traditional Roofing Materials Might Be a Better Option
If a plastic roof sounds too good to be true, it might be. While there are several good benefits from choosing a plastic roof, you should also know about the cons of plastic roofing material.
They Haven’t Been Around Long
Plastic roofs haven’t been around as long as “traditional” roofing materials, like composite or asphalt shingles, tiles, or metal. While some of the perks of plastic roofing seem like a good idea, we don’t know how long a plastic roof can sustain those perks.
Asphalt shingles last anywhere from fifteen to thirty years. They are the most common roofing materials, are fire-resistant, and most asphalt roofs come with a warranty that covers materials.
Plastic roofs don’t have the longevity in the marketplace to let us know that they can last as long as an asphalt or metal roof.
They Might Look a Little Different
When choosing different materials for your roof, you want your roof to look like a roof! Depending on your neighborhood and the other homes in the area, your roof should blend in. If you have a Homeowners Association, you could have restrictions or guidelines about roof colors and materials.
While plastic roofing can offer several choices for colors and styles, choosing the right color and type of shingles is an important decision. It can be challenging to make synthetic materials (like plastic) look like the “real” thing.
They Can Be Expensive
Depending on your roof, plastic roof panels can be more expensive than a traditional asphalt shingle roof. Metal or slate tiles are some of the priciest roofs when it comes to traditional roofing materials.
However, if you’re budget-conscious, you’ll probably spend a bit more on a plastic roof than an asphalt roof. Plus, you can trust the long lifespan of an asphalt roof to get your money’s worth.
They Aren’t Easily Green
Given the current debate about the use of plastics—from straws to water bottles—plastic roofing materials aren’t the greenest option for your roof.
While PVC roofing can provide good insulation to your home and reduce your energy consumption, the aftermath of your plastic roof can be an eco-friendly problem.
Depending on the specific plastics used in your roofing tiles, these plastics can take longer to break down in landfills than other roofing materials. If you prefer a greener roofing option, choose recycled, wood, metal, or slate roofing materials.
Do Your Research
When it’s time for a new roof, do your research. There are plenty of options to find the right materials that fit the needs of your home and your budget.
Work with a professional roofing contractor to help you make the best decisions for your new roof. When choosing a contractor, be sure to:
- Look for reviews and references
- Work with your insurance company
- Check the warranties
- Don’t judge based solely on price
The best roofing contractors want your roof to last a lifetime—no matter the materials you choose. Find a contractor that offers excellent service throughout the life of your roof.
Whether Asphalt, Metal, or Plastic Roofing, Choose Wisely!
When deciding between asphalt, metal, slate, or plastic roofing materials, choose wisely. The best roofing materials are the best option for your home.
In Indiana, let Roofing Indiana Homes guide you to the best roofing materials for your new roof! We are locally owned and operated while serving the Central Indiana area. Our experienced and trusted contractors can help you choose the best new roof backed by our excellent customer service and installation.
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