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Types of Home Roofing Materials


Is your home in dire need of a new roof? There are many types of roofing materials, with varying degrees of pros and cons. For example, a roofing contractor may recommend one material that is more expensive than others, but it may be worth it to you in the long run because it will last longer, saving you money down the road.

Since there are many materials to choose from, it is a good idea to know a little about the materials you have to choose from. Then you can start talking to a roofing contractor in your area.

Metal – Metal roofing comes in the form of steel, aluminum, tin, and copper. The typical metal roofing is lightweight and resistant to fire, mildew and rot. It also does well in nasty weather, such as high winds and heavy precipitation.

Asphalt Shingles – Asphalt Shingles are one of the most widely used roofing covers on the market. This is due, in part, to the fact that they are relatively inexpensive and fairly simple to install.

Now for a few disadvantages to asphalt shingles. First, they have a relatively short life-span at 15 to 30 years. In heat exposure, it can scar easily and can have issues with mildew and moss. This risk can be minimized with a warranty from the manufacturer, which can range from 5 to 20 years.

Wood Shingles – If maintained well, wood shingles can last for 50 years, or more. They are often made from western red cedar, which is resistant to rot and decay.

There are two types to choose from: a hand-sawn and tapered shingle, called a shake, and a shingle that is sawed. Wood shingles blend in well with the surrounding environment and are easy to repair or replace. They are, however, on the pricey side.

Clay Tile – Clay tile has several advantages when used for roofing. It is resistant to mold and decay, is not flammable, and is very durable. This is a popular choice for homes with a Southwestern, Italian, or Spanish Mission design. It is prevalent in California and Florida. On the other hand, clay roof is very heavy and expensive to install. And, it should never be walked on.

Slate – Slate roofing lasts long and is nearly indestructible. It is low maintenance and fireproof. The trade-off is that slate is expensive. But what comes with the hefty price tag is the knowledge that you have a roof that will never be replaced in your lifetime.

Before you make a decision on what roofing materials you use, be sure to evaluate the cost of installation and what level of durability you need and are comfortable with. A good roof will often last a lifetime. But a poorly installed roof will be not only dangerous, but costly down the road. Make sure you choose a roofing contractor who has demonstrated a track record of durable, well-installed roofing and a history of happy customers.