Are you in the market for a new roof? There are a wide range of roofing materials available including asphalt, metal, wood, slate, clay tiles and more. Figuring out which roofing material would work best on your home comes down to a number of different factors. While price may be a concern, you’ll also need to examine the weight of the material and the installation requirements. Not all materials can be used on all roofs. A roof with a steeper pitch will need a different type of surface than one with a low pitch. Tile and slate roofs are extremely heavy so it must be determined first whether the home will be able to carry the load.
Here are some of the most common roofing materials used today. In terms of residential roofs, most are made of either asphalt or metal.
Asphalt shingles – These are the materials most commonly used on homes since they are relatively easy to install and cost much less than a metal roof. They can last 15 – 40 years depending on the shingle type and the maintenance done on the roof.
Metal – A metal roof can be made of copper, steel, copper and asphalt, lead and aluminum. The copper and asphalt and lead roofs usually come in a shingle form while the other metal roofing materials are usually made into vertical lengths. The life expectancy is approximately 50 years.
Wood – Back in the day, wood was used as a roofing material but it has been gradually replaced by newer materials partially due to fire code restrictions. Wood shingles can last up to 25 years on average but will cost double the price of asphalt shingles. Would roofs are usually made of southern pine, redwood or cedar.
Slate – This is the most durable roofing material you can find but it’s unfortunately the priciest option available. It is also very heavy so you’d need to have an engineer okay the roofing process beforehand to make sure that your home could handle the weight.
Clay tiles – These are the types of tiles that you’d see on a Spanish Colonial home. They come in a variety of different styles including half cylinders and tiles offering a wavy effect. Just like slate, these tiles are very heavy and extremely durable but also very expensive.
Before choosing your roofing material take into consideration the life cycle of the material, the cost and the weight. A metal roof will last a lot longer than an asphalt one but will be costlier to install. If you need a new roof and plan on staying in your home for many years to come, metal is always a good option. A metal roof is also a good selling feature when it comes time to put your home on the market.
Below you can see the different costs, pros and cons associated with different roofing types: