The roofing system is a much more complex set of materials and engineering than most people give it credit for. Different components all work together to keep your home safe from the weather, elements and even some man made harm. One of the most important aspects of the roof is the roof covering, so what is roof covering? Let’s look at what the roof covering is designed to do and some of the different material choices.

What is a Roof Covering?

Roof covering is what most people think of when someone says the roof. While the roofing system is composed of several components, the roof covering is the most visual part of the whole system and makes up the majority of waterproofing and protection. Selection of a proper roof covering is one of the most important aspects of getting your roof redone.

What Types of Roofing Material Are There?

Roofs have been around ever since humans started living in shelters so you can imagine there are several different types of roof covering available all around the world. The most popular roof covering in the entire world is roofing tiles while here in the United States, asphalt shingles dominate the market. These are just two of the most popular roof coverings. Other popular materials include slate tiles, metal roofing, wood shakes and even green roofs in certain parts of the world.

How Do I Know Which Roof Covering to Choose?

With so many different roof coverings available it’s hard to know where to get started. There are several different factors in choosing a roof covering including aesthetic appeal, what type of home you own, what type of weather you face in your area, your annual mean temperatures, even what your HOA will allow in your neighborhood.

To find the best possible roof covering for your home its best to meet with a certified and reputable roofing contractor or consultant. They can show you all of the options for your particular roof and know what does and doesn’t work in your region or for your unique home structure. You and the contractor can work together to get the possible roof on your home.