There could be many reasons why you are considering a new roof. Perhaps your roof was damaged by a storm or it may be coming to the end of its lifespan. In this article, learn about some of the different roof materials you have to choose from when you replace your roof or build a new home.

Metal Roof Materials

Metal roofing materials include copper, aluminum, and steel. Many types of metal roofing are painted during the manufacturing process, so they come in a vast variety of colors. This type of material is energy-efficient. It is easier to install than tile roofing and fairs well against various weather conditions. A metal roof is lightweight in comparison to some other materials. Aluminum roofing is better for coastal areas than galvanized steel because it is more resistant to salt corrosion.

Asphalt Shingles are the Most Common Roof Materials

Asphalt the most common roof material for homes, used for about 70% of residences around the country. It is available in different colors, but the most common choices are black, grey, and brown. It is fairly inexpensive and lightweight.

An asphalt roof is not as durable in comparison to other materials. It may need to be replaced every 15-30 years. Asphalt shingles may become detached in high winds, and the shingles can become brittle and cracked from intense sun exposure.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are common choices for stucco-styled homes. Many people choose clay tiles because they provide a complementary appearance with the stucco siding, giving a house an Italian or Spanish aesthetic. Clay tiles provide good insulation.

One downside to clay tiles is that they are heavy and the installation often requires adding extra roof support. A clay tile roof is more expensive than most other types. While the tiles themselves will probably last a century or more, the underlayment will need to be replaced every 25 years.

Wood Shingles

This type of roof material provides a natural look. Wood shingles must be treated for fire-resistance and have a moderately long lifespan of 30-40 years if maintained properly.

Wood shingles cost more than asphalt and require more maintenance. The wood must be resealed yearly to maximize protection. The roof should also be professionally cleaned every 6-8 years to remove mold and algae.

Choosing Between Roof Materials

You have many factors to consider when choosing a roofing material. Each material offers different lifespans, maintenance needs, and energy-efficiency levels. Consider the durability of each and the climate where you live.

Ultimately, your budget will play a large role in the roof material you choose. When you are considering the costs, think beyond the initial purchase and installation. Different roof materials also require varying costs to maintain. Some will need replacement sooner than others, which will be a large expense.

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