A good roof will last you at least 20 years, but eventually, all roofs need to be replaced. When you reach this point, you’ll have to decide on roofing materials. There are many types of materials available today and each has its advantages. Here are the pros and cons of each option to help make an informed decision.
Options for Roofing Materials
1. Asphalt Composite Shingles
Shingles are a popular choice for roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are made from a fiberglass base and topped with asphalt and mineral granules. They’re a fairly standard choice and should last for 20-30 years. Any roofing company can install them and the cost is lower than most other materials.
The downside to asphalt shingles is they can fall off in strong storms or become damaged. Their appearance is one of a standard, basic roof.
2. Metal Roofing Materials
A metal roof is made up of aluminum or steel panels locked together to keep out moisture. As a good choice for areas with heavy snowfall and wildfires, metal roofs last for a long period. They have a lifespan of up to 75 years.
Metal roofs take more advanced skills to install so hire a company that specializes in metal roofing. The cost is about $6-12 for every square foot so you can expect to pay more for a metal roof than a standard asphalt one.
3. Wood Shingles
As an attractive option, wood shingles or shakes are one of the most attractive choices for roofing materials. When installing this material in a relatively dry area, you can expect it to last up to 60 years.
Wooden roofs are not a good option if you live in an area that’s prone to wildfires or a damp climate. The costs vary significantly with ranges of $4.50-11 for every square foot. Consider the area and climate before deciding on this material.
4. Synthetic Rubber Slate Tile
This is a synthetic material designed to look like slate tiles. It provides a convincing stand-in for actual slate but is made from engineered polymers. It’s a lightweight material, with a long lifespan and will last about 50 years.
There are few disadvantages to this roofing material. The cost will be slightly higher at about $6-12 for every square foot. It also won’t be quite as durable as true stone but still lasts for a long period.
These four roofing materials are not the only options but provide a general framework of choices available today. When deciding on your roofing materials, consider the climate where you live, the aesthetic of the house, and how much you can afford to pay. Working with a good contractor will give you an idea of the best option for your home so consider getting an expert’s opinion before making a final decision.
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