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The 5 Best Roofing Materials for Log Homes


There is a nice selection of roofing choices available today. Just make a selection that appeals to you in its rustic looks that blend in with the log home and, at the same time, make sure it is a roof that is durable, long lasting, and works into your budget requirements.


1. Aluminum Roofing

popular for being contemporary and modern, the durability that is warranted for 50 years or longer, being coated with a long-lasting paint, creating energy efficiency with a reflective barrier under the roof which blocks up to 96 percent of the sun's radiant heat, and that the full-length panels can be installed quickly and can be easily cut with corded metal shears. Metal is resistant to fire damage and boasts the highest Class A fire rating.


2. Fiberglass and Asphalt Shingles

These shingles are the standard shingles used on a great many houses in the United States. They are economical, and it is easy to find roofing contractors that are able to properly install them. New designs offer a large selection of colors, and thicker shingles break up the monotony of flat shingles with shadow lines and a dramatic appeal. Be sure there are sufficient soffit and ridge vents to allow heat to escape and that there are continuous air-flow paths from the soffits to the roof ridge.


3. Wood Shingles and Shakes


These are a traditional and classic choice because they can last 50 years or more, need a space or gap between each to expand and contract slightly when there are changes in humidity and heat, they offer higher energy efficiency than traditional shingles, and they weather to a natural color that complements the log home's rusticity.


What is the difference? Wood shingles are sawn and are more even and flatter; shakes are split and tend to be uneven and chunkier. The most sought-after are made from cypress, pine, redwood, or western red cedar.


4. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

These are rigid panels with a foam core of insulation that is bonded to a stiff outer skin, which creates structural strength. They are more efficient with superior thermal performance, protect from the weather, and are modular building components that can be quickly erected, which saves costly labor.


5. Green Alternatives

The best environmental option is the green roof. It is low maintenance, energy efficient, provides outstanding insulation, and controls water runoff and erosion. It is not the cheapest or most practical option because it requires a certain depth of soil, and, when saturated, that increases the load on the roof and needs a reinforced roof structure to cope. However, some folks are actually growing gardens of vegetables and flowers on these living green earth roofs making use of the rain!


Incorporate thin-film solar panels. New technology makes it possible to install small solar receptors on each shingle, which turns your cabin into one huge solar collector! The use of solar energy is clean, renewable, has no maintenance, and has a shorter pay-back period.


Recycled rubber tires have the durability and look of slate! They cost only a fraction of other materials and are light enough to not require the additional roof structure necessary with a solid slate roof.


Choosing the correct log cabin roof offers a greater sense of protection and security, reduces maintenance over the years, and increases the enjoyment of your dream log home.



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