You know you need to redo your home’s roof, but how do you choose the type of roof that will give you the most bang for your buck, while also doing the job? With so many different types to choose from, what do you need to consider when making such a big decision? We’ll help you sort out the options.
Roof Type Options
When it comes to the type of roofing materials available, there are several options:
- Asphalt shingles—The most common type of roofing material in the U.S., asphalt shingles are readily available and suitable for nearly all climates. Affordable and resilient to many weather conditions, asphalt shingles can be repaired at low cost because any shingle can be removed and replaced without replacing the entire roof. Additionally, asphalt shingles can be adapted to any roof style, since they can be cut to fit irregular corners.
- Clay tiles (terracotta)—This durable roofing material can reflect more than 50 percent of the sun’s UV light, making them ideal for warmer climates. Available in a wide variety of colors, shapes and textures, clay tiles can be made to complement your home’s style and are eco-friendly!
- Slate—Slate roofs are more suited for cooler climates and durability. Slate roofs are non-leaching, so they can last for a long time, and are considered “green”. Because of this eco-friendly aspect, slate roofs can be much more expensive.
- Metal—Metal roofs are made from copper and/or aluminum and are extremely versatile. You have many choices of colors and finishes, and metal roofing materials are considered sustainable. In many cases, recycled materials are one of the components of the metal used to make metal roofs. Metal roofs provide much more value than just the up-front cost—they provide high insulation value to your home. A metal roof will last much longer than other types of roofing—40 to 70 years, depending on the materials. They are much more durable to weather and resist mold and mildew growth.
Benefits of a Metal Roof
A metal roof offers several benefits that other roof types just cannot match. Lasting for several decades, a metal roof will far outlast the length of time most families own a home and increase your home’s value to boot.
Metal roofs are practically indestructible. They can withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour, and will not corrode or crack. Depending on the metal you choose, they may even be impact-resistant. Once installed, a metal roof does not need periodic maintenance; it does need regular inspection to make sure no repairs are needed.
Metal roofs are a much safer choice than any other type of roofing material. A metal roof will not spark or ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike.
As previously mentioned, a metal roof is an environmentally friendly choice. Metal roofs can boast between 25 to 95 percent recycled content, depending on the materials used. Once the metal roof is done with its tenure on your home, it is 100 percent recyclable. In addition, a metal roof can help reduce cooling costs for your home by 10 to 25 percent, as the metal reflects solar radiant heat.
With so many benefits to offer, it can be difficult to make a choice between a metal roof and another type of roofing material. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when making your decision:
- What type of roofing material will the roof frame handle?
- Does the roof have enough slope?
- Will the appearance complement the style of the home?
- What types of roofing are allowed by local building codes?
- What is your roofing budget?
We think you will find metal roofing to be comparable and an excellent investment for any budget.