Roofing Material Choices 101

Roofing Material Choices 101

Depending on the type of roof you currently have and the climate where you live, roofs can last from 15 to 75 years. They will also vary widely in price range and as usual, you often get what you pay for. If you are in the market for a new roof, there are some choices you should be aware of.

The most significant choice you will make will likely be the material your new roof will be made of. Here’s a quick look at popular options.

Asphalt Composite Shingles

This is one of the most affordable and popular roofing materials used in the United States today. It also has the shortest lifespan. Asphalt composite shingles are flexible, easy to install and come in a variety of colors and shades.

Wooden Shakes or Shingles

Wooden shakes or shingles not only offer a higher level of durability and strength, many consider them a more attractive option than the less expensive asphalt composite shingles. There’s a classic look and appeal to wooden shake roofs that make them popular for many planned communities.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles have been used for generations and have been popular in the construction of church roofs that tend to be steeper. When properly installed, slate shingle roofs can last for 50-75 years or more.

Clay and Concrete Tile

Popular in Spanish style homes, clay and concrete tile roofs are durable and heavy, and hold up well in high winds. Because of their weight, upgrading to a clay or concrete tile roof may involve strengthening the roof trusses and foundation. These too, have extended lifespans that can reach to 50 years or longer.

Metal Roofing

Once popular only on farm buildings, metal roofs have advanced to become much more friendly for personal residences. They are more attractive, maintenance free and quieter than metal roofs of the past and offer a longer lifespan than asphalt. They are also significantly more expensive than asphalt, but less so than slate, clay or wooden shake roofs.

Solar Roofing

New and exciting solar roofing panels are being developed that not only serve as a roofing material, but can power the home. These options are exceptionally expensive for now, and are still mainly in the developmental stage, but are worth keeping an eye on.

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