How to Choose the Best Roofing Material for Your Home—
Choosing the right roofing materials for your home depends on different factors, including its location, size, style, etc. There are some roofing materials that are more popular or less expensive than others as well as some roofing materials that work well with one type of roof slope but not another. But at the end of the day, most your decisions are made by personal preference.
Here are some different roofing materials for your home. Not every roofing material is appropriate for every roof type. Talk to a qualified roofing contractor about what roofing material options are best for your roof.
Asphalt shingles typically come in either architectural shingles or 3-Tab shingles. Architectural shingles are more expensive than 3-Tab, but look nicer and add more curb appeal. They are slightly more durable than their 3-Tab counterpart, and also more expensive. Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing material. Pricing ranges between around $4,500 to a little over 6,000, depending on where in the country you live.
Metal Roofing Shingles
Metal roofing is highly durable, and can even offer the look of traditional shingles. Metal shingles can be purchased in a very wide range of colors and can be used on almost any type of home. Because metal roofing is often made from recycled material and can be recycled once it has reached the end of its life cycle, it is exceptionally environmentally friendly. Metal roofing material comes in a wide variety of finishes, giving the roof the ability to reflect a great degree of solar radiation that’s normally absorbed by a home’s attic or asphalt roof. In fact, pre-painted metal shingle roofs or granular coated metal shingles can re-emit up to 90 percent of solar radiation.
Metal shingles and standing seam metal roofing offer premium protection for your home. Many are rated for high impact resistance and are guaranteed to withstand winds of up to 120 miles per hour. This makes metal roofs especially appealing if you live in an area prone to storms that produce strong winds. Metal roofing is also non-combustible in cases of fire, giving you an extra edge in safety and peace of mind. This is a great benefit for homes in states most affected by wildfires, like Idaho, Oregon, California, and Washington.
Wood Shake and Wood Shingle Roofing Materials
Wood shake and wood shingles have the look of old-town New England Cape Cod or stately Tudor homes. Wood shingle and shake roofing is a premium product, and it will cost the homeowner more to purchase and install than your common asphalt shingle. It also takes a qualified wood shake roofer to install the material.
Along with its beauty, wood shingle and shake roofing can provide superior performance in areas of the country that experience high winds or hail damage. They do carry certain limitations, such as susceptibility to rotting, warping, and splitting. Good maintenance can minimize these potential issues. Wood roofing may also be against code in certain areas. Be sure to check with your city and county.
Slate is a premium roofing material for your home. For all intents and purposes, it can be considered a lifetime roofing system. It provides superior durability, beauty, and longevity for your home. However, a slate roof is a major financial investment.
A deterring factor for many homeowners is the high cost of materials and labor associated with the installation of a slate roof. Depending on the overall quality of slate tiles, a homeowner can expect to pay between $5.00 and $8.00 per square foot for materials alone, and with installation, your total cost will be between around $10 to $20 per square foot installed.
Clay and Concrete Tile Roofing Materials
Clay roofing tile is often associated with Spanish Mission, Italian, American Southwestern, and Mediterranean-inspired homes, but it also looks lovely and provides an appealing option for a modern architecture.
Clay tiles make great workhorses in the roofing material world. It’s highly durable and resistant to moisture, extreme weather, insects, and fire. And, both the NAHB and NACHI give it a hundred year life-expectancy.
Don’t hire a contractor who has only worked in the asphalt roofing market. Even if the contractor says he or she can install a metal roof for you, chances are they won’t do as good a job as someone who specializes in it.
Whichever roofing material you choose, connect with a roofing professional who knows the business and takes pride in his or her work. Get multiple quotes and research company reviews. You get what you pay for, especially if you hire a roofing contractor to install a roofing material he or she doesn't specialize in.