If it’s time to replace the roof, you’re probably looking at options and wondering which type of roofing to choose. Learn about the pros and cons of different roofing materials to determine which is the best choice for your property.

Wooden Shingles

Wooden roofing materials are available in shingles and shakes. Wood is one of the oldest types of roofing and adds charm and character to your home. Wooden shingles are eco-friendly and have an average lifespan of 25 years.

Wood roofing materials are not the best option if you live in an area that is prone to fire and droughts. In order to maintain the expected life span, wood shingles need to be maintained and treated to become more insect and fire-resistant. If you’re interested in wood roofing options, make sure they are allowed in your local area and/or HOA.

Metal Roofing Materials for Your Home

Metal roofing is becoming a more popular option for homes. It is energy-efficient and recyclable and works with many roof slopes. Metal is durable, making it a good option for areas with heavy winds, rain, snow, and other severe weather conditions. Metal roofing can last over 50 years and requires very little maintenance.

Metal isn’t considered as aesthetically pleasing as other roof options and it is noisy when it rains. Copper is an expensive choice while corrugated metal panels are often similar in cost to asphalt. Whichever you decide on, you’ll need to find a contractor specializing in metal roofs for installation.

Roof Materials for Your Home: Asphalt

Asphalt is one of the most commonly used roofing materials on the market. Its popularity is due in large part to the fact that it is very affordable, widely available, and easy to install. Asphalt shingles are fire-resistant, lightweight, wind-resistant, and work well for most sloped roofs.

Asphalt has one of the shortest lifespans, lasting anywhere from 15 to 25 years when well-maintained. In humid and heavily wooded areas, moisture may cause mold and algae growth on the roof.

Clay Tile

Clay roofing gives your home a unique look inspired by Italian, Spanish, or Southwestern styles and there are many colors to choose from. Insects can’t damage clay tile and it won’t burn or rot. Clay is low maintenance and visually appealing.

Clay is heavy and some homes cannot bear the weight, so structural reinforcement may be necessary before installation. Clay is also fragile, making it more difficult to walk the roof and make repairs or clean the chimney. Installation is difficult and costly, and clay is more expensive than other materials.

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles are a high-end choice for roofing. They are fire, insect, and wind-resistant, and a durable and aesthetically-pleasing option.

This type of roofing is on the expensive side. Slate is heavy and is a nice option when your roof has a steep slope since its natural beauty will be more visible. Your home may need reinforcement to handle a slate-tile roof.

Take the time to investigate the different roof materials available for your home and then talk to a professional contractor to make the best decision for your home and your budget.

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