Roofing Material Choices

Roofing Material Choices

Whether you’re building a new home or having your current roof replaced, choosing a roofing material is an important decision. A new roof is a huge investment so you want to make the right choice. 

When you’re making decisions about your new roof there are a couple of things you’ll want to consider regarding the type of materials you choose. Some materials will last longer than others, hold up stronger against the elements, increase the value of your home, or cost much less. The decision may seem hard, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Understanding your choices of roofing materials available to you will allow you to make the right choice.

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Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular roofing choice for the installation of a new roof. These shingles have a base made of woven fiberglass, topped with an asphalt coating that is waterproof. Ceramic granules finish off the shingles, making them protective against UV rays. This roofing material is able to be produced economically, which keeps the cost relatively low. These shingles are also easy to install and come in a variety of colors and styles that’ll best fit your home’s aesthetic and what works best for the climate. Most asphalt shingles are guaranteed around 30 years. 

Wood Shingles and Shake

Roofing materials made of wood come in two types: shingles and shake. While both are made of the same material, the only difference is how the material is cut. Wood shakes are cut by hand, making them appear more natural, or “rustic,” whereas shingles are cut by a machine. With wood, you are able to decide between the type of wood and the grain. When compared to asphalt, wood materials are less practical but offer an aesthetic that can’t be beaten. 


Metal roofs are superior in protection amongst all roofing materials. These roofs are known to offer the greatest protection against nature and be energy efficient as well. A huge benefit of metal roofs is they do not fall victim to rot. Metal roofs are now constructed to fit a range of architectural styles and are budget-friendly. This roof is typically installed in sheets or panels and comes in materials such as copper, aluminum, and stainless steel. 


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