When it comes to roofing materials, you have a few choices, and each choice comes with certain advantages and disadvantages. When choosing a roofing material, you need to take into account how long you plan to be in the home, the pitch of the roof, and if the structure of the house will allow for heavier roofing materials to be used. Here are a few of the options:
- Asphalt Shingles – The most common roofing material in America is asphalt. Asphalt shingles are economical, easy to install, and last about 20-25 years. Asphalt shingles are available in many different colors, and there’s a thicker variety available, which can give your house a more architectural look.
- Metal – Metal roofing has long been used for barns, sheds, and industrial projects, but it is becoming more and more popular for residential homes. Metal roofs are durable, lightweight, energy-efficient, and can last from 40-70, years depending on the type of metal used.
- Slate – Slate tiles offer homes a beautiful and distinct appearance and are often used on higher-end houses or projects. Slate tile is one of the most durable roofing materials and can last from 50-100 years. However, slate tile is very expensive and very heavy, requiring extra framing to hold the weight.
- Ceramic and Clay Tiles – A popular choice for Southwest and Mediterranean style houses, ceramic and clay tiles are very durable, heavy, and expensive. However, ceramic tiles offer homes a distinct look, they are energy-efficient, non-combustible, and can last 40-50 years.
- Wood Shingles and Shakes – Many homeowners love the look of wood shingles, especially as they age and weather to a soft gray color. However, wood can rot or split in humid climates and is prohibited by fire codes in other areas. Wood shingles are twice as expensive as asphalt shingles and last about the same amount of time, 20-25 years.
These are your main choices for roofing materials. However, there are quite a few synthetic options on the market now that can give your roof the appearance of slate or wood without the disadvantages or the high cost. These materials are typically made from rubber, plastic, or polymer and are usually lightweight, strong, and easy to maintain, and may be further options to consider.