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Choosing The Right Roofing Material

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A roof is a symbol of safety and shield. The foundation and the roofing are, perhaps, the most critical points in the building. The roof in a building serves many purposes, from offering protection to keeping the building cool or warm depending on the materials used and increases the life expectancy of the entire structure. Aside from serving as a protection against the harsh natural elements, having a durable and charming roof can even raise the value of your property. The opposite also applies when you have inadequate and damaged roofing.

Truth be told, installing a new roof for your home or repairing an old one can be a costly investment, but when done right, you will gain much in ROI. Before heading with your roof installation and repair, you need to have at least a few choices on what type of roof you will buy or roofing company you'll hire. So, whether you are building a new structure or renovating an existing roof that has worn out, it is important to know about the different roofing materials available.

The following are the common materials used in roofing:

  • Asphalt shingles 
  • Metal 
  • Wood
  • Tile
  • Slate 
  • Solar
  • Rubber 

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are more likely the most budget-friendly shingles but not the most resilient nor long-lasting. The asphalt roofing could be your choice when you consider durability and strength even against the harshest climatic condition. Its lifespan is influenced by the frequency of exposure to harsh elements in the environment. They can dry out easily and turn brittle when exposed repeatedly to the scorching sun, high winds, and heavy rains. The asphalt tends to absorb heat and make your air conditioner work double time. However, the Asphalt is generally considered as a good roofing material, quite effective in all environmental conditions.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are mostly available in three varieties- copper, aluminum, and steel. The copper is the most expensive, trailed behind by aluminum. Metals have a long lifespan and are resistant to fire. The ability of the metal to reflect sun rays, reducing heat buildup in the attic is an added advantage. However, it is quite expensive compared to the Asphalt shingles and may not be the best bet during heavy rainfalls and hailstorms. They are also more durable than a tile roof. The copper variant although it is the most expensive of the lot, but requires very little in maintenance. The steel variant is the most cost-friendly is more prone to corrosion and takes a lot in repair and maintenance. The metal’s long warranty and its attractive appearance make them a great investment for the homeowner.


The concrete and clay tile roofing are very durable that it can even outlast the home. Generally, tiles perform just well both in warm and dry climates. Also, it is fire resistant and requires very minimal maintenance. What's good about it is that it can be fashioned into any design. The general tile comes in variations like concrete, clay, and slate. The concrete tiles are available in diverse colors. Albeit, the colors do fade but can be repainted. The clay tiles do retain its color cause the clay is fired during the processing. It is worthy to note that the tiles do require extra support to bear their weight, and they are likely to break when walked on. The concrete and clay tiles can stand against the influences of tornadoes, hurricanes and even earthquakes.

Rubber Roofs

 Rubber roofs are mechanically fastened or weighed down with ballast after been fully adhered to. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to install and repair. They are available in large sheets to minimize the number of field seams, and the membrane possesses a bit of flexibility. However, the field seams are not so strong. Notably, the flashings and roof edges tend to wear out more quickly than the remainder of the roof.

Slate Roofs

The classy and yet durable roof is the Slate. It is an expensive roofing option and hence found only in high-end neighborhoods. Aside from the aesthetic aspect, the slate roofs do not get moss or insects and can even last for several decades. It is available in diverse sizes, colors, and thicknesses. To enhance the general outlook of your home, you can create many different looks. Slate is mined from the earth and hence needs the skilled stonemasons to install it. Similar to the clay and concrete tile, this product is also heavy, and the roof deck needs to be engineered properly.

Factors That Influence The Choice Of Roofing Material

The aesthetic aspect aside, there are more potential factors that are likely to influence the choice of roofing material for most homeowners. These factors include:

  • Budget

The budget is one of the most visible factor, aside from environmental implications. Most homeowners looking to embark on roofing installation and maintenance always have an estimated budget. It is prudent to make a budget, and wiser to have a flexible one. Once you’ve made your budget, shop around to find appropriate roofing options within your budget. Your roofing contractor can help you land the best budget roofing option.

  • Environment

The environmental factor plays the greatest role in your decision about the right roofing material. If you are living in a place that is damp and moist, using wooden shingles will be off the options for you. However, the cedar wooden roofing options, which is resistant to decay and rot, is a good option. Metal roof and slate roofing is a great choice in a damp environment. A chat with your roofing contractor will help narrow your options down.

  • Conventional against energy efficient

The energy-efficient roofs can help to reduce the energy consumption bill of your home. You have to choose between conventional roofing options and eco-friendly options.

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