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What type of roofing material is the best for your home?

Jul 8

There are many benefits of choosing a specific type of roofing material. These include aesthetics and durability. We'll talk about the pros and cons of each material, so you can decide which is best for you.

Here are four common types of roofing materials: asphalt shingles, metal, clay tiles, and slate. Choosing the right type of roofing material depends on your budget and style preferences. If you're looking for a long-lasting roof, read on to see the best choice!

Asphalt shingles

In spite of the rising popularity of other materials for roofs, asphalt shingles are still the most popular choice of the five main types of roofing for homes. Not only are they relatively cheap and easy to install, but they are also available in a variety of colors and styles. In addition, asphalt shingles come in many on-trend colors such as beige, taupe, and light green.

The following are some reasons why asphalt shingles are the best type of roofing material.

Asphalt shingles are affordable and durable. They provide excellent protection in nearly any climate. While the color may fade with time, they are still a good choice. They might need to be replaced every 20 years depending on sunlight.

Metal

Most homeowners associate residential roofs with asphalt shingles. But the truth is that metal roofing offers many advantages. These include a wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes. And, unlike asphalt shingles, metal is energy-efficient and recyclable. This type of roofing material is also the most eco-friendly option.

Most metal roofing is made from steel, a heavier material than aluminum, though some are made from alloys. Steel is also more expensive than aluminum, and its gauge determines its durability and performance. Thinner gauges are generally used on low-end ribbed or corrugated metal roofing. Stainless steel is also very durable and is often used for high-end structures.

The disadvantages of steel are primarily in the price, though the investment might be worth it thanks to metal's long lifespan of 50 years or more.

Clay tiles

Many homeowners will tell you that clay tiles are the best type of roofing material. There are many benefits of this material that make them a great choice for a roof.

They can withstand 2-inch hail. Plus, their heavyweight structure provides outstanding wind resistance. With a lifetime of 50 to 100 years, a clay tile roof will protect your home from severe weather.

Another advantage of clay tile roofing is that it maintains its integrity during extreme weather events. These tiles also resist the harmful UV radiation from the sun. Their appearance complements a variety of sidings, such as stone or brick.

Because clay tiles are made of natural materials, they are also recyclable. Broken or rejected tiles can be crushed, and the waste from their production can be recycled. This helps the environment.

Slate

One of the most popular types of roofing material is slate. Slate comes in varying lengths and thicknesses. Slates are thickest at the eaves and thinner at the peak. Typically, a slate roof will have between two and four colors. Depending on the roof's shape and size, slates can be as thick as an inch and as thin as 3/16 of an inch. Slate roof tiles are laid in courses.

Slate is expensive. A roof made of slate can last for over 200 years, and you may never see common signs you need a new roof. Because of its lifespan, the average cost of a slate roof is around five times higher than the average roofing material. In addition, slate roofs require little maintenance. 

Wood shingles

The most common wood used to create roofs is western red cedar. This material is relatively easy to work with and weather resistant. There are other species of wood, including cypress, pine, and spruce. These woods are generally thinner than wood shingles and are available in several different thicknesses.

Depending on the type of wood used, wood shingles can range from one-quarter inch to four-inch thick.

Wood shingles offer awesome curb appeal, last long, are resistant to wind, and is on par with the cost of other roofing materials like asphalt and clay. They also offer great energy savings and are eco-friendly.

The downside is wood requires more maintenance, isn't fire resistant, and rotting might occur.

In closing

We hoped you learned more about the best roof materials for residential properties. As you can see, there are pros and cons to each.

If you need help making a decision, consult with a local roofing professional.