What Roofing Materials Should I Use?

Many homeowners will come to this decision at some point during the life.  Updating your roof can add a great deal of value to your home as well as save you on insurance.  Obviously, the decision you make on the materials will be an important one.  This is the reason it is important to enlist the services of a roofing contractor to help aid you.

Consider The Following:

  • Will the new roof you are considering require added framing to the structure to support additional weight?
  • What type of style are you considering and is it available in the correct color?
  • Are there any special maintenance requirements that you have to follow?
  • Will this roof perform well for the weather conditions you experience?
  • What type of warranty does it have and how long should you expect for it to last?

By answering these questions, you will start to get an indication of the best type of roof for your situation.  Clearly there are many options to pick from and as technology advances this adds to your choices.  Below we will be discussing several of these choices.

Asphalt Shingles

This is the most commonly installed roof because they are very affordable and the installation is simple.  There are of course pros and cons to going with shingles.

Pros: They come in a wide range of colors to pick from and are relatively inexpensive.  The best type to go with today are called an architectural shingle.

Cons: In comparison to other roof types they have a much shorter life.  They also will vary in quality and it is important to use a quality product.  In addition, it will not provide the best insulation.  Other roofing materials will help you save on energy costs.

Styles: They will work with most house types and in most cases do a great job.

Life and Cost: You can expect to pay between $75 and $125 per square depending on where you reside for this type of roof.  They will generally last you between 20 and 25 years.  However, the life will greatly depend on where you reside and the type of weather you experience.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs have quickly become one of our most recommended roof types if it is within your budget.  However, like everything there are pros and cons.

Pros: It has a long life, it is very durable and comes in many styles.

Cons: It is on the more expensive side but when you look at the life of it you will take it into consideration.

Styles: With the fact you can get metal roofs to look like slate, shingles, or even barrel tile they it looks great on most homes.  You can also get it in a wide variety of colors.

Life and Cost: The cost of a metal roof will usually fall between $300 to $500 per square and will last around 50 to 75 years.  In many cases, it will last much longer than that.

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are a very nice looking roof depending on the style of your home.  They will need to be installed by a professional contractor that is experienced in the installation of it.  They can add great curb appeal to your home as well as value.

Pros: They are long lasting and provide great efficiency.  You will see a drop in your power consumption.

Cons: They are expensive roofs and require added framing in most cases.

Styles: A tile roof looks great on Spanish, Mediterranean and Southwestern style homes.

Life and Cost: Prices will range between $100 and $300 per square.  A tile roof will easily last you 50 years.

Slate Roofs

Slate is a very nice looking roof and comes in colors of red, purple, green, black and grey.

Pros: Slate is a very durable roof material and a recyclable product.

Cons: It is very expensive, heavy and will require added framing to be put into the structure.  You also want to be sure of the quality of slate that is being used.

Styles: Slate works well with homes that are French chateau, Colonial and European style homes.

As you can see there are many styles of roof you can select from.  Your budget and style will help dictate the type of roofing material you use.  Our recommendation to most people looking to stay in their home is to go with a metal roof.  They will give you many styles, colors and years of service.