Tiny houses present unique opportunities for the owners. With the average cost of a tiny home coming in at roughly $250,000 less than the average American home, there is a little wiggle room in the budget for upgraded materials. Due to the relatively small amount of materials needed to cover the roof, expensive options that would normally be out of reach are suddenly affordable, including 'green' building materials.
1. Metal Standing-Seam Roof: Metal roofs help create the classic farmhouse look that is currently popular and can last up to 70 years. You may even get a reduction on your homeowner's insurance policy due to your roof's fire-resistant status. While many like the romantic idea of listening to rain hit the roof at night, most come insulated now to muffle the outdoor sounds.
2. Cedar Shakes: Long popular in coastal cities, cedar shakes weather to a lovely silver-gray color over time. You can add a sealer to prevent this, but it must be reapplied regularly.
3. Recycled Shingles: Rubber tires can be recycled and turned into many products, including roofing. A tire that once drove around on your car can now be recycled to protect the roof of your tiny home instead.
4. Terracotta Tiles: Tiny homes in the desert southwest are well suited to terracotta tiles. While they may appear to simply be stacked, professional installation is recommended. One wrong step and you can easily break a tile or, worse, fall off the roof.
5. Slate: In terms of price per square foot, slate is one of the most expensive building materials available. The natural stone, however, is simply gorgeous. Slate comes in two varieties. Soft slate, which is mainly black in color, will last up to 125 years, and hard slate, which includes the gray, green, blue and red tones slate is known for, can last a whooping 200 years.
6. Living Roof: If you are building a tiny home on a fixed foundation, consider a living roof. As the name suggests, these roofs are planted with living vegetation. Not only do they look modern and cool, but they also help reduce both your heating and cooling costs as well as your carbon footprint.
7. Solar Tiles: One of the newest roofing materials to hit the market is solar tiles. These tiles are made to look like regular asphalt shingles, but they are actually individual solar panels that link up to a central battery storage system in your home—no more bulky solar panels on your roof!
To learn more about your roofing options, contact a company like Foam Experts Co.