When shopping for a new roof, there are many factors for you to consider: the appearance, the strength, the maintenance, the cost, the longevity . . . Although I wouldn’t want to cause you stress, it is important that you understand the weight of this decision. Your roof will (knock on wood!) be around for decades to come, providing your home with shelter and protection, and it will be one of the most expensive home maintenance projects you ever need to tackle. If you choose a hideous color or a shoddy product, your home’s value could be damaged in the years to come. To help you make a confident and informed decision, today we’re discussing the basics of America’s most common residential roofing materials.
Residential Roofing Materials
Asphalt shingles are, without a doubt, the most popular residential roofing material in the United States. They’re inexpensive, available in a variety of colors, and typically guaranteed for 20-30 years. Their lightweight structure makes them easy to install and repair, and they complement many styles of homes. Plus, if you want to upgrade from the most common asphalt products, you can choose specialty asphalt shingles that offer added thickness and strength.
Wood shakes have a long history, though they’re not as common now as they were centuries ago. They’re typically made of cedar, redwood, or pine, and their rich color and organic appearance make them a coveted choice for homeowners seeking a uniquely beautiful look. However, although they last just as long as asphalt shingles, don’t be surprised if they cost twice as much!
When we talk about metal roofing, we’re talking about materials like aluminum, steel, copper, and lead. All of these metals are durable and strong, but that strength will come with a high price tag. Some metals (like copper) can be installed as shingles, but others are installed as long sheets with seams. Metal’s distinctive appearance may not suit every home, but its modern flair and clean lines are adored by many.
If you want your roof to be extremely tough and long-lasting, you can do no better than slate. Unlike these other residential roofing materials, slate will last a lifetime. It can stand up to harsh weather and requires little maintenance. However, slate roofs are also very expensive, and their hefty size makes installation and repairs difficult.
Like slate, clay tiles are heavy, strong, and long-lasting. Plus, they can’t rot, burn, or suffer insect infestations. Their unique appearance and rusty red color tends to suit southwestern, Italian, and Spanish architecture. Unfortunately, in addition to these lovely benefits, clay tiles are also weighty and easily broken, which makes their installation tricky. Additionally, due to clay tiles’ fragility, repairs should be left to roofing professionals.
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So what do you think? Have you decided which of these residential roofing materials is right for your home? If you’re having trouble deciding, discuss your top choices with your roofing contractor. With their many years of experience and knowhow, they can provide helpful tips to guide you in the right direction. Finally, if you’re looking to replace your roof and you live in southwest Missouri, please give Taylor-Made Roofing a call today at 417-326-8778 to request a free estimate. We would be happy to help!