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Friday 15 April 2022

What is the difference between different roofing materials?

Posted by at 3:03 AM

The roof your home has can add interest and value to the curb appeal of your home. With so many different options to choose from, do you know what material you’ll choose when replacing your roof?

Learn more about each material below to consider what material will be perfect for your home and climate!

Asphalt/fiberglass:  The most common type of roof, this is frequently used roofing material is inexpensive and can last for 2-30 years. Most homes you see in the United States use an asphalt or composite roof, but there are many other options out there that homeowners can choose from.

Wood shingle:  Wood shingles are a favorite choice among homeowners with a Cape Cod style home. Regardless of where you live, wood shingles are some of the most beautiful options for a roof – making them very common in luxury homes.

Wood shingles do not do well in areas with lots of rain or other moisture, but can still last around 20-30 years. If used in a dryer climate, they can last up to 60 years.

Clay:  The undeniable impact a red clay roof has on a home is hard to miss. This beautiful roofing option is most commonly seen in dry climates and hot climates, which is why they are most often seen in the southern United State or in desert climates.

Clay roofs are very expensive to install, but can last a lifetime with the proper upkeep!

Metal:  Metal roofs are increasing in popularity around the United States in recent years. Most popular in areas with higher amounts of snowfall, metal roofs allow for snow and rain to quickly be whisked away from the home to protect the home’s structure from extra weight.

Metal roofs can last anywhere from 30-70 years and although they are little more expensive than traditionally asphalt tile roofs, they are a less expensive alternative to other sought-after materials.

Slate:  Slate roofs are the most expensive roofing material on the market right now, but for good reason. The beauty of slate tiles is unmatched and can last almost 200 years if properly maintained.

These stone pieces need to be installed by a professional and can be very slippery and dangerous for those working on it. If you choose this material for a roof, make sure you know the added expense that will come with its maintenance.

A roof is a large financial and aesthetic commitment! Make sure you feel confident with your choice in roofing materials, contact one of our team members today to learn about your options and discuss which roof will be right for your home. Call us today to learn more!