Whether you’re in the planning stages of building a new home, need roof repairs or think it might be time for a replacement, you’ve got options. But as you may have already discovered, that can be the intimidating part. With every roofing material comes a range of costs and other factors such as aesthetics, longevity, durability, eco-friendliness and more. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some roofs to help you decide which one is the right fit for your home.
Starting with the strongest, metal shingles and roofs are capable of protecting your home’s exterior for decades. Though at one point they were seen as industrial and unappealing due to their use mostly being for barns and factories, there has been so much development over the years that they’re now one of the top options for sleek, modern homes.
Of course, the best roofing materials do come with high costs of installation and can at times to be hard to find available from roofing contractors. However, while the initial cost may seem steep, metal roofs are cost effective in the long run due to their longevity and low maintenance, not to mention the multi-decade warranties many include. They are also energy-efficient and will lower cooling costs with their reflective properties.
A much more commonly available roofing material is asphalt, which is used in almost every neighborhood across the country, and for good reason! It’s much quicker to install than other roofing materials such as metal, clay and slate shingles, and of course is much cheaper short term, with most asphalt shingles starting at about $50 per square (the equivalent of 100 square feet).
Customization is also key when it comes to asphalt. There are multiple types and shapes of shingles available, as well as color combinations to fit the rest of your home’s exterior. However, since asphalt is less durable than some other material options, be sure to ask your local roofing restoration company about their warranty options.
There’s quite a few options when it comes to a tiled roof, including clay, slate and even concrete. All of these provide some beautiful designs and styles for almost any type of home that you won’t find with other materials. They’re also among the more durable and waterproof types of materials and, like metal, reflect the sun instead of absorbing, making them an eco-friendly choice.
However, because of their weight and installation process, all three are often on the more expensive side compared to asphalt roofing. And though they are energy-efficient, they are not ideal for installing solar panels onto due to their structure.
Choosing What’s Right for You
Think about the design and architectural style of your home. Would a metal roof enhance its beauty, or would it look out of place? After deciding what you think would look best, it’s time for logistics. At Josh Smalling Roofing and Restoration Co., we’re dedicated to utilizing the best options for your roof’s needs to ensure it’s in good standing and looking how it should for years to come. Contact us today to schedule your personal evaluation, and we can get started!