Choosing The Right Roofing Material

With so many choices when it comes to your home it is most important that you weigh the pros and cons of the different types of roofing materials. It should depend on where your home is located and what is best for your home. With that being said some of the materials that we will be discussing are tile, wood, slate, and metal.

Asphalt Shingles

They are the most popular roofing material to use in residential homes with contractors and homeowners. Asphalt shingles tend to be less expensive than other roofing materials, have a wide range of styles and colors and are suitable for many different temperatures. Most contractors like the ease of installation of the asphalt shingles. Depending on what type of asphalt shingle you use, they could meet Energy Star standards and the installations of the cooling shingles could earn you a rebate on your new roof. Most asphalt shingle roofs will have a lifespan of 20 or so years on average. Although if you are in an environment where you get a lot of rain or constant sunlight it could lessen the lifespan of your roof. A few negatives to an asphalt shingle roof are:

  • They tend to fade and make your singles look uneven in color.
  • Asphalt shingles can develop a few algae spots, which look like dark spots on your roof. Homeowners will need to use a bleach solution to rid their roofs of these eyesores.
  • The asphalt roof has a smaller life expectancy than its counterparts.

Tile Shingles

Having the unique appearance tile shingles are popular among the Southwest states. They can also be found in colonial Spanish Homes. Tile shingles can be one of the most expensive roofing material for your home. Not only are the tiles expensive but so is the installation. Be aware of all cost when getting a tile roof installed. Tile shingles are more resistant to fading and have a lifespan of at least 50 years but could last you up to 70 years. To go along with such a large lifespan most tile roofs are fireproof. With every type of material, there are some cons. The following are a few for tile roofing:

  • Extremely fragile. High winds or walking on them could damage the shingles.
  • They are unsuitable for environments that have fluctuating weather patterns. This tends to make the tiles erode.
  • Tile shingles are ceramic and are extremely heavy which means that most homes built are unable to support the weight of a ceramic tile roof.

Check with your contractor and engineer to make sure your home can withstand the weight of tile shingles.

Slate Roof

If you happen to have upscale home perhaps you are exploring the option of a slate roof. Slate is a refined roofing material that can take your upscale home to the next level. Slate has an all natural appearance, which keeps the lines of your roof looking clean and prominent. Slate tiles have a life expectancy of 100 years. Slate is fire resistant and is invulnerable to rot. Slate can be found in many colors and styles to match your unique taste. Here is a bonus having a slate roof also comes with the perk of relatively easy maintenance. Let’s talk about the downside of Slate roofing:

  • They are extremely heavy which is the same with the tile roof.
  • Their cost is EXTREMELY high due to the expertise needed to install a slate roof.
  • Slate tiles are also easily broken when stepping on. Which means when it comes time to clean those gutters be very careful.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is becoming remarkably popular across the United States. They gained their popularity in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regions. Since the Metal roof is gaining popularity in the Midwest and Southern United States. Most homes with steep or flat roof lines are now using metal roofing. Metal roofing can either be constructed with solid sheets or in the shape of shingles. They are relatively inexpensive and can last up to 50 years. Metal roofing is lightweight, low maintenance and is environmentally friendly. Metal roofing can be tricky to install and takes a skilled contractor who has experience installing metal roofing to accomplish a beautiful new roof. When the metal roof does start to lose its shine, the best option is to repaint it as long as the structural integrity of the roof is still intact. It is more cost efficient to repaint instead of getting a new metal roof.

Flat Roof

When installing a flat roof they tend to be less expensive. They are easy to install due to easy access and tends to be safer than installing a sloping roof. On that note maintenance and gutter cleaning is simplified due to there being no slope. They have a life expectancy of 15 years and can transform your rooftop. You now have the advantage of utilizing the space for anything that you’d like. You could even install solar panels if your roof can withstand the weight. Lucky you! The disadvantages are as follows:

  • Although it has easy access it must be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Over time the sun will cause the roofing material to degrade.
  • In certain locations where the temperature can go from cold to hot in a short time, flat roofs are more vulnerable.
  • Must be checked for leaks when you clean your roof. The lack of drainage can cause big problems.
  • Not very many types of materials for a flat roof.

Wood Shakes

If you are looking for the most Eco-friendly option let us discuss wood shakes. Wood shakes are resources from naturally renewable resources. They are quite pleasing to the eye because of the natural look that they bring. Wood shakes are the go-to choice because the materials produce a very little impact on the quality of runoff. The wood shakes will normally get a useful life of 30 years or even more. Although they are the most pleasing to the eye you may want to think about the wood shakes roofing material because there are a few downsides.

  • They need to be maintained over periods of time.
  • Complicated installation.
  • More expensive than asphalt.
  • Very flammable and not protected from the sunlight.
  • Susceptible to different types of mold and mildew.

Choosing a roofing material is never easy. There are so many choices and price ranges. You have to think about the style of your home and where it is located. It is a choice that may take time. With patience and understanding and a damn good contractor, you should be able to decide on what’s right for you.

If you need professional help to handle any and all of your roofing needs, iRoof is always at your disposal. Feel free to contact us anytime for a free estimate and advice.

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