Best Roofing Materials

Our guide to choosing the best roofing materials can help determine a number of questions you need to ask yourself before you decide on a new roofing system. Questions like aesthetics, durability, lifespan, and cost. It can also help you find qualified roofing contractors who can also lead you in the right direction for your particular home, budget and needs.

“Stumped about what type of roof to install on your home or overwhelmed by the many decisions you have to make? Have no fear – by considering some of the points below, you will find it easier to make a well informed decision on what may be one of the biggest home improvement expenditures on your home.”

How Long Will Your Roofing Material Last?

The lifespan and durability of the roofing material you select should be a major consideration. Sure, you may be looking to save money on the project, but if you skimp on quality, you may find yourself needing to repair or worse yet, replace your roof long before you want to. Most roofing materials should last at least 20 years, but there are some that can last 30, 50 or even 100 years. There are also lower quality products that may start showing signs of wear in as little as 10 years. The lifespan of any particular roof should factor in heavily in your decision. What type of roof is best for your home?

There are a number of different types of roof systems and roofing materials available. In some cases, the decision may already be made for you because you are looking to simply replace what is there or you are limited by what you can place on your roof due to the structure of your home or guidelines set by local building codes or a building association. If you are freer to select from various options, consider the questions below. What factors should be considered when selecting a new roof?

Factors For Choosing The Best Roofing Material

There are numerous factors that should be considered when selecting a new roof. In addition to the longevity desired for the new roof, here are some questions to keep in mind.

What is the weather/climate like where I live?
Consider factors such as heavy snow, excessive rain, hurricanes, tornados, and high winds when making a decision. Consider also whether you live in a hot, dry climate or one that is humid and moist.

Are there potential dangers to using any particular type of roof?
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, you will need heat resistant roofing materials. If snow and ice are more the norm in your area, consider materials that can handle those types of conditions.

Can the existing structure of my house handle the type of roofing materials I desire?
For example, if you love the look of clay Spanish tiles, can your home support the weight of the roof, compared to lighter weight asphalt shingles? Also consider the slope of the roof in selecting the proper roofing material and roofing system.

How will the new roof look with the existing style of my home?
Like other facets of your home, the look of your roof will make a big impression on the overall style of your home so make sure the material you choose will complement the home’s style.

What Do You Need To Know About Building Codes?
Make sure there aren’t specific requirements about what you can or cannot use on your home. This is especially important if your home is considered a historic structure.

How much will the new roof cost?
This is obviously a big factor in the decision making process. Make sure you don’t skimp on quality to save money, so you don’t have to repair or replace your roof anytime soon. On the other hand, if you don’t think you’ll stay in your home for very long, you may not want to go with the most high-end options because they will not be cost effective.

Best And Most Common Roofing Materials

Asphalt Shingles
The most popular choice for residential roofing materials, by far, is asphalt shingles. This is because it is a relatively economical choice, and asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of colors. They are pretty easy to install (compared to other roofing materials) and generally last around 10 – 30 years.

Wood Shingles
These are more expensive than asphalt shingles and require more maintenance as well. Wood shingles may provide a great look, but they are better in certain climates and under specific conditions. For example, wood shingles do better in drier climates than they do in wet, humid ones, and are not recommended in areas prone to wildfires.

Other Natural Materials
Materials like grasses, clay and other natural materials will have varying life spans and costs. They are also not suitable for all types of homes and all environments.

Metal Roofs
One of the longest lasting roof types is metal roofing. It is also one of the most expensive. Copper and stainless steel roofs look great and can last as much as 100 years, but you will pay a hefty sum for those benefits.

Flat Roofs
If you have a flat roof, the type of roofing you choose, as well as the installation, is very different from an angled roof. Flat roofs typically start with a foam underlayment followed by a sealant covering. These types of roofs require a good deal of maintenance, such as keeping the roof free of debris and periodically resealing the roof to avoid leaks. Most flat roofs will last around 10 – 20 years.