So, the time has come to replace your roof and you may wonder – what type of roofing material should I use? The answer lies somewhere in between, form, function and budget. I’m sure we have all heard the saying, “Champagne taste on a beer budget”, and the same can hold true for roofing materials. It can be daunting for some to think about the different types of roofing materials. So, to assist we will go through some different materials to help make the best-informed decision.
Architectural Asphalt Shingles
The first material to discuss is the architectural asphalt shingle. This the most commonly used material on the market and is the best option to satisfy all 3 – form, function and budget. They come in different styles (or “tabs”) and colors, so you get a more dimensional look on your roof to enhance your home. The architectural shingle comes with a warranty anywhere from 20-30 years and is very durable keeping your home protected. For example, if there is a storm with any hail the material is more forgiving and minor topical imperfections are not visible. It is also the best when it comes to budget, being the most cost conscious of the materials.
Standing Seam Metal
The next material is the standing seam metal roof. This is what you may see on a barn, vineyard, or some homes. This roof style is bold and dramatic depending on the color and can make a definite statement on your home. Standing seam metal roofs are durable but if in an area where there are frequent storms that could produce hail, the metal can dent, and minor topical imperfections are visible. For this style of roofing, it does come with a larger price tag that does make it less appealing for most homeowners.
The final material is specialty shingles such as cedar shake, or slate tile roofing. These options are truly beautiful options. If they were clothing, they would be found on the runways of Milan! They are durable but do require more routine maintenance and repair on individual shingles. These are considered premium systems and typically budget is the driver for these systems. They come at a price most homeowners cannot afford due to installation costs plus maintenance costs.
Also remember that if you live in a community with an HOA, be sure to check the bylaws and regulations for roofing maintenance. You don’t want to spruce up your home and find out they want to approve the color or materials first!
Roofing materials are as individual as the homeowners, but it is a substantial investment. Hopefully these tips help in understanding the options available so as a homeowner, the decision becomes a smother process. If you have any questions, please contact us or reach out to your local trusted roofing contractor for any additional information. Have fun!