At Precision Roofing we will go over the best residential roofing material for your home and your budget. When choosing the right roofing materials, ask yourself the following questions.
We will go over the answers to these questions which will help you determine the best residential roofing material for your home. There are a lot of options for roofing materials available. Here are some of the most popular roofing applications.
The most common residential roofing material used in the United States are asphalt shingles which are popular because they are economical and easy to install and maintain. These shingles can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials (cellulose) without changing the appearance of the shingle.
Pros: Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and is one of the least expensive materials.
Cons: Asphalt shingles have a shorter life span than other roofing materials, doesn't provide the insulation other materials offer, and the quality may vary.
House Styles: Asphalt shingles work with many architectural styles, especially traditional suburban styles.
Cost and Life Span: Prices range from $70 to $120 a square (roofing square = 100 sq. ft.) and, if maintained properly, shingles will last 20 to 25 years.
Clay and concrete tiles add texture and elegance to your roof. Genuine flat, ribbed or scalloped clay tiles are extremely durable but also very heavy, and must be installed by a professional. Concrete tiles are versatile and are less expensive than genuine clay, but are also heavy on your roof.
Pros: Clay and concrete tiles are long-lasting and non-combustible, and concrete tiles are energy efficient.
Cons: Clay and concrete tiles are expensive, heavy and usually require additional framing for reinforcement.
House Styles: Clay and concrete tiles work well with Mediterranean style, Mission style, and Spanish style homes.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start around $300 to $500 a square (square = 100 sq. ft.) and, if maintained properly, the tiles will last around 40 to 50 years.
Metal roofs are resistant to extreme weather conditions. They are available in two types, panels and shingles. Metal roofs come in copper, stainless steel, aluminum and zinc.
Pros: Metal roofing is durable, lasts longer than asphalt or wood, and offers high solar reflectance.
Cons: Metal roofing is relatively expensive.
House Styles: Metal looks great on bungalows, cabins, contemporary and cottage-style homes.
Cost and Life Span: Prices usually start around $100 to $300 a square, but some styles can cost $600 to $800 a square. Metal roofing can last 40 to 75 years.
A slate roofs are beautiful and have a distinctive elegant appearance. Slate colors include shades of black, green, grey, red and purple.
Pros: Slate is very durable, fire-resistant and a sustainable roof that can be recycled.
Cons: Slate is expensive, heavy, and requires extra framing and professional installation. The quality of imported slate can vary.
House Styles: Slate works well with Colonial style, European style and French chateau homes.
Cost and Life Span: Slate roofing starts at about $600 a square (square = 100 sq. ft.) and more. Slate can last more than 50-100 years or more.
Wood shingles and shake shingles have been the roofing choice for hundreds of years. Many homeowners love the look of wood shingles and shakes and they weather to an attractive shade of gray. Wood shakes are handmade and rougher-looking than wood shingles, which are usually cut by machine.
If you live in a fire-prone area, look for Class A fire-rated wood roofing products that include shingles treated with a fire-resistant coating.
Pros: Wood shingles offer a rustic look and are a natural product usually made from cedar, redwood and southern pine.
Cons: Fire codes in some areas prohibit their use. Wood shingles can be a concern in wet climates, and can mold, split or rot.
House Styles: Shake's rustic look works well with bungalow style, Cape Cod, cottages, and Tudor style homes.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start at around $100 to $150 a square and will last around 25 to 30 years.
There are now synthetic roofing products, including rubber, plastic and polymer roofing, developed to give you the color, look and texture of natural materials like slate and wood. These products are designed to be strong and easy to maintain. Some of these materials are fire-resistant.
Make sure to check with the manufacturer and inquire about warranty information. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) suggests you look at full-size samples of the synthetic product and the manufacturers' brochures.
"Look for installations that have been in place at least 10 years to see what the wear characteristics of that material are in your area," says Bollnow.
Pros: Synthetic roofing is often not as fragile, heavy or expensive as natural products.
Cons: Some of these products can absorb water and the quality varies. Newer products aren't as time-tested as traditional materials.
House Styles: Synthetic roofing products work with different architectural styles.
Cost and Life Span: Prices start at about $300 a square, and are warrantied for up to 50 years.