Choosing Between 3 Common Roofing Materials

Posted on: 13 September 2016

If you are having a new roof installed, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the many different roofing materials that are available. The material that you choose will have an impact on your home's resistance to adverse weather, energy costs, and of course the cost of the installation. Here is a comparison of three common roof types to help you make an informed decision.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a very popular roofing option for modern homes. While black asphalt shingles are common, they can be found in a wide variety of colors and styles. You can even have laminated asphalt shingles installed that imitate the color and texture of wood or slate.

Asphalt is also one of the most affordable roofing materials available. Unfortunately, this affordability means that they are not as durable as some other materials. High wind can pry asphalt shingles off of a roof, while a hot climate can cause asphalt shingles to expand and eventually crack years before they would normally need to be replaced.

Slate Tile

Slate tiles are a premium roofing material that can give your home a unique, sophisticated appearance. However, slate isn't all about appearance, as hard slate is estimated to last from 75 to 200 years if it is well-maintained. Another reason to consider slate tile is if you live near an area where there is a risk of wildfires, as slate is completely fireproof and will help to protect your home from airborne sparks.

While slate stands up well against natural wear and tear, it is more susceptible to weight and impact damage than other materials. The weight of a person walking on a roof can be enough to crack tiles, and a heavy branch falling on the roof may require a large section of tiles to be replaced.

Clay Tile

Clay tile is available in many beautiful shades of red, brown, and tan that can complement the exterior of virtually any home. Unlike shingles, clay tiles can be found in a variety of interesting shapes to further enhance your home's personality.

The beauty of a clay tile roof does not come without drawbacks, the most notable of which is its weight. Homes that have never had a clay tile roof may need extra supports installed to handle the weight of the roof. The labor costs of installing the roof and extra supports if necessary, along with the cost of the material itself, may add up to a significant up-front premium compared to other materials.

Installing a new roof is an investment that you should stick with for decades, so it is important to choose carefully. Keep these tips in mind so you can find the roofing option that best suits your needs. Contact a roofing contractor for more info.


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Hi, my name is Mitch. Before retiring a few years ago, I worked in the roofing industry. Over the years, I worked in nearly every capacity, ranging from apprentice to general manager of the company. I know that purchasing a new roof for your home can be expensive and a bit intimidating. My goal is to provide useful advice to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your new roof. I'm going to share information about different roofing materials and why you may want to consider one over another. I'll also share where you can cut costs, and how to choose a reputable roofing company. I hope you find this information valuable.

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