Are you planning on having your roof replaced this year? If you are in the market for roofing materials on your next project, you should ask your roofing contractor first. There are plenty of options to choose from. This article will enlighten homeowners on the different types of popular roofing materials, their costs, pros, and cons.
Here’s a quick guide on choosing roofing materials:
- Asphalt shingles – out of all the roofing materials on the list, asphalt shingles are the most common. Almost 80% of homes in the United States use asphalt shingles. There are also different styles of asphalt shingles that you can choose from.
Pros – asphalt shingles are cost-effective and easy to install. It is also the preferred choice of homeowners looking to sell a house fast.
Cons – they work best on sloped roofs. They do not work as effectively as other materials in harsh climates such as weather fluctuations or intense heat. Asphalt shingles are also only rated to last about 20 years.
- Asphalt roll – this type of roofing material is also referred to as torch-on roofing. They share some similarities with asphalt shingles but differ in how they are shaped and installed.
Pros – they are easy to install and work with thus reducing overall cost.
Cons – it is not easy to perform roof repair. They also last a relatively short lifespan of only 15 years on average.
- Clay roof tiles – also known as terracotta roof tiles, this type of roofing material is all-natural. No harsh chemicals are needed in the process of shaping and baking clay tiles.
Pros – they can last a very long time even up to 40+ years. Clay roof tiles also come in a variety of designs.
Cons – heavy and roof structure may require additional framing.
- Concrete roof tiles – this type of roofing material, as its name indicates, is made and formed from concrete.
Pros – fireproof and comes in a wide range of styles and designs.
Cons – heavy and does not come with the same longevity as clay roof tiles.
- Metal roofing – it can come in a range of shapes. Metal roofing can either be made from a combination of steel, tin, zinc, aluminum, and copper.
Pros – durable, lightweight, resistant to impacts, can shed snow faster than other roofing materials, and last longer with an estimated lifespan of 50 years.
Cons – requires treatment to prevent corrosion. Can be noisy in certain situations such as hail storms.
- Rubber roofing – this type of roofing comes in a range of thicknesses suitable for any roofing applications.
Pros – provides good insulation, low maintenance, and can last up to 50 years.
Cons – unattractive appearance and will require extra work to enhance aesthetics.
- Slate roofing – this is natural stone roofing. Availability, however, will depend on your location.
Pros – weather-resistant, can improve home value, and can last more than 100 years.
Cons – roof replacement is difficult, hard to install, and will require a specialist roofer.
- Solar tiles – this type of roofing material becomes more popular as solar panels get cheaper.
Pros – removes the need for separate solar panel installation as roof and panels are made into one.
Cons – purchase and installation costs are high. The installation also requires a specialist Wilmington roofing contractor.
- Tar and gravel – this type of roofing is commonly installed on buildings and not on residential properties. It is applied on a flat surface. Molten asphalt is poured on the roof and layers of tarpaper and gravel are added.
Pros – only applicable for low-sloped and flat roofs. Expensive to install.
Cons – a short lifespan of only 20 years.
- Shakes or wood shingles – require experts like WHS Roofing for the installation.
Pros – provides good insulation, adds curb appeal. Lasts upwards of 25 years with proper maintenance.
Cons – can be expensive, requires professional installation, and needs special treatment and maintenance to avoid deterioration.
Are you planning to get a new roof this year? Call WHS Roofing for all of your roofing needs. You may reach us at (910) 765-8513 for more information about our services.
Wilmington, NC, 28403