BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER
Just as with your house, the roof is also undoubtedly the most important part of your garage. If you are building a new garage, restoring an old one, or simply repairing or replacing its roof, the kind of roofing you choose is very important. It protects the garage from the outside elements, from the sun, rain, snow, prevents any leaks and similar damage, keeps insects and similar small animals outside, and keeps all of your belongings inside safe and dry.
There are various options to choose from, depending on what your needs are, what kind of a garage you are building, and what you intend to use it for. When it comes to those options, they are usually somewhat different than the roofing options for a house, but there are also some that can be used for both. Installing a roof on a garage is a much simpler and faster project, mostly because it is a smaller space and you will not need as much material nor spend too much money. Here are some of the best and most common roofing materials for garages.
If you are planning to build, or already have a garage with a low pitch or that has a low sloped roof, then rolled roofing is going to be your only option. These kinds of garages are generally the simpler, faster and cheaper to build, but you can’t really choose the type and style of roofing. Similarly to these garages, rolled roofing systems are also cheaper than most other materials. On the other hand, they are also a little less durable against extreme weather conditions, such as hail, and against leaks. If your area doesn’t get much rain or hail, than rolled roofing should present no problem. It is made of asphalt, the same material that asphalt shingles are made, but it comes in the form of rolls which are applied in horizontal strips across the roof. This is the ideal roofing material for DIY projects, because it is the simplest one to install and does not require a professional to do it.
If you are in need of a strong, durable and non-flammable roof for your garage, then metal roofing would be a good option of you. Whether you keep your car in the garage, or use it as a space for doing business, a playroom, a craft room, or for storing some sensitive or even hazardous things and materials, then you need proper and durable protection. Metal roofs reflect heat, so your garage and the things stored there will not get too heated. Reflecting heat also makes them energy efficient, which means they can save both energy and money on your bills. They are lightweight, they prevent leaks, and they also look good and add to your curb appeal. There are different types of metal roofing you can choose from, such as corrugated steel, which is durable and very easy to install; standing seam metal, which is one of the most popular ones; aluminum or coated steel, among a variety of others.
When it comes to residential roofing, asphalt shingles are the most popular choice in the United States, and so it is for garages as well. Some of their main benefits is that they can suit many different styles since they come in a variety of colors, so it should not be a problem to try to match the garage with your house roof. They are also very light, so there will be no excess weight on your garage or structural issues to worry about. Asphalt shingles do not absorb water, so there is a very low possibility of water damage, leaks, frost and similar damages.
On the other hand, it has to be mentioned that they tend to absorb heat, so your garage is likely to get rather warm during hot and sunny weather. Make sure that things you are storing inside are not sensitive to high temperatures, and that they will not be damaged. If you want to decrease the amount of absorbed heat, use lighter colored shingles for your roof.
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