Whether you are deciding on a roof for a new home construction, remodeling an existing home, or replacing a roof due to damage, there are many different options to consider. As you look to choose the right roof for your home, the desired aesthetic, weight, cost, installation requirements, and environment in which you live are all factors to consider. The main types of roofing materials include, asphalt, metal, wood, slate and slate alternatives, concrete, and clay tiles.
The most commonly used roofing material used on roughly 80% of all residential roofs, asphalt is also one of the best value roofing options. Made of either organic paper fiber mat or fiberglass and impregnated with asphalt, asphalt shingles are available in 3-tab shingles or thicker, laminated shingles. Asphalt shingles can be used on low to steeper-sloped roofs, provide good fire resistance, and fair wind resistance. Unless your existing roof is made of a different material or you are accommodating a specific architectural style, asphalt is often the way to go.
Metal roofs may be composed of copper, aluminum, steel or zinc. They are available in sheets or shingles that can replicate the appearance of other materials. Metal roofs are resistant to fire and wind and effectively shed rain, ice, and snow, making them a popular choice for areas that receive a lot of ice and snow in the winter. While metal roofs can be expensive and noisy during heavy rain or hail, they are incredibly durable.
Wood roofs are generally made of redwood, cedar, or southern pine, but are a less popular choice due to fire hazard and are not permitted in many areas. Wood can be used on moderate to steep-sloped roofs, is wind resistant, and gives homes an outdoorsy, natural aesthetic. For those looking for the look of a wood roof, other synthetic roofing materials can effectively replicate the look of a wood roof without the added hazard.
Slate and slate alternatives
One of the oldest roofing materials, slate is incredibly durable and resistant to both fire and wind. However, slate is very heavy and requires strong roofing reinforcement, making it impractical in many instances. Slate alternatives are made from plastic composites and fiber cement.
Concrete and clay tiles
Concrete and clay tiles are commonly found in areas where Spanish and Mediterranean-style homes are popular. Clay tiles are long lasting and low-maintenance, but are often brittle and can break easily. Like slate, they are expensive and heavy, which limits their practicality. Concrete and clay tiles are resistant to fire, rot, insects, and mildew.
There are many pros and cons to each roofing material, and while the options may be overwhelming, an experienced roofing contractor like Crown Roofing can help you determine which roofing material is right for your home! Contact us today at 708.804.1234 for a free estimate.