Types of Roofing Materials
The most commonly used roofing materials include asphalt shingles, metal, and tile. Each type has advantages and disadvantages, which can help you choose the best material you will use for roof replacement.
Asphalt Shingle Roofing
Asphalt shingles are the least expensive type of roofing material. These shingles are made of a base mat made from cellulose or glass fibers. This mat is then coated in asphalt. The shingles are covered in granules that are ceramic-coated to provide UV protection for the roofing.
If you prefer a more durable variant, there are also architectural asphalt shingles available. These are more expensive, but they are more attractive and last longer.
Both types of asphalt shingles are readily available and come in different color options. The low cost and ease of installation make asphalt appealing.
Unfortunately, asphalt also has a shorter life span than other roofing materials. Depending on the type of shingle, it can last between fifteen to thirty years. Other materials can remain functional after three decades. Shingles are vulnerable to storms, which makes them not ideal for coastal areas.
Metal Types of Roofing Materials
Metals used in roofing include aluminum, steel, and copper. Most types are available in a wide variety of color choices. You can choose sheets of metal or metal tiles. Metal is durable, fire-resistant, and can last up to 60 years.
Metal roofing is also a more expensive option, costing between $5 and $14 per square foot. Installation needs to be performed by an experienced contractor and costs may be higher. Some homeowners find metal roofing noisy, especially in a heavy rainstorm.
Tile Roofing Materials
Tile is available in ceramic, concrete, or clay. These materials are resistant to fire, pests, and rot and can last over 100 years. Tile roofing is one of the most durable materials available. Tile is also environmentally sustainable due to less energy being used during the production process.
This is a more expensive roofing option. Tiles can cost between $8 and $25 per square foot, and prices vary by supplier. Tile roofing is heavy and may stress the structure and/or foundation of a house. In some situations, the building will have to be reinforced to support the weight of the tile. If you’re interested in this type of roofing, talk to your contractor to learn if a tile roof is compatible with your home.
Different roofing materials each have their merits. If it’s time for a roof replacement, consult with a contractor to determine the best material for your home. A new roof will boost property value and curb appeal; plus, your home will be better protected from the elements.