The 5 Most Popular Roofing Choices For Your Home

May 15, 2018

There are many types of roofing materials to choose from today. You can reroof with the same type of roofing material that you currently have or investigate alternatives. Some materials are environmentally friendly and some are long lasting or low maintenance. And who doesn’t love low maintenance?

Before making your choice, consider the life-cycle cost of your roofing material. Some materials, though much more expensive, require less maintenace and have a longer life expectancy than others. An asphalt composition roof might last just 20 years whereas a metal roof might last more than 50. Consider both the current and potential value of your home, and its age when calculating whether a roofing material is actually “too expensive.” It might just be more cost-effective in the long run.

1. Composition / Asphalt Shingles

House Type: Can be used on any house from contemporary to historic. False thatched roof with the wrapped roof edge on 1920s Tudor style.

ranges from low-cost 3-tab shingle to architectural shingles with extra durability and style
many colors, types, and manufacturers
suitable for most residential applications
easy to repair
fire resistant
relatively short life-span (15–30 years)
scars easily when hot
subject to mildew and moss
environmentally unfriendly

2. Wood Shingles or Shakes

House Type: Bungalows, ranch, contemporary, cottage, historic.

natural look weathering to a soft grey
offers some insulation value
blends in with the environment
easy to repair or replace
long lasting if maintained (30–50 years)
usually requires professional installation
high maintenance
tends to rot, split, mold, and mildew
poor fire rating unless presure treated

3. Metal (steel, aluminum, tin, copper)

House Type: Bungalows, ranch, contemporary, cottage, historic (virtually all)

available in different looks including cedar shingles, slate, or standing seam
many colors
light weight
long life span (at least 50 years)
low maintenance
can be installed over existing roofs
excellent performance in high wind, hail and rain
environmentally friendly
may be difficult to install
can be expensive
may need periodic painting

4. Tile – Concrete or Clay

House Type: Mediterranean, Italian, French Eclectic, Spanish Eclectic, Beaux Arts, Mission, and Prairie. May also be attractive on some contemporary or ranch style homes.

many colors and styles
easy to maintain
extremely durable when maintained
used primarily in new buildings because of weight and structural requirements
installation and repairs can be tricky
fragile; walking on roof may break tiles

5. Slate

House Type: Colonial, French, Italianate, Exotic Revivals, Chateauesque, Beaux Arts

beautiful, distinctive appearance
long life span
low maintenance
very expensive
requires specialized installation

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If you need a roof replacement, you need a roofer that takes the time to thoroughly inspect your roof. After we take a good look at your home, we will work with you to put together a roofing package that will fit your needs and budget.