5 Different Roof Types to Choose From

There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of roofing material. If you are building a new home or planning to replace your roof, research your options to know what’s right for you. The best choice will depend on your budget, climate, and type of structure. This article explores some of the more common roofing materials for homeowners.

3-Tab Asphalt Shingles

The most affordable of the different roofing materials are 3-tab shingles. These shingles are easily installed in one flat layer. They are thinner and weigh less than their architectural counterparts. Their life expectancy is about 10-20 years.

Architectural Asphalt Shingles are Popular Roofing Materials

Architectural asphalt shingles are becoming more popular, even though they cost up to $25 per square foot more than 3-tab shingles. They have many advantages over 3-tab shingles, including a longer lifespan and better wind and hail resistance. Expect architectural shingle roofs to last for about 30 years with proper maintenance.

Metal Roofing Materials

Metal roofing comes in a wide variety of textures and finishes, sometimes mimicking other roofing materials. Metal costs more than asphalt shingles but it also lasts longer. Many manufacturers offer a 50-year warranty for this type of roofing. Metal roofing is lightweight and relatively easy to install. If a metal roof fits your budget, it is a great option.

Different Types of Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are made from clay, concrete, or slate. They are the most expensive of the different roof types, but it is likely that you won’t need to replace a tile roof in your lifetime. However, the underlayment does need to be replaced every couple of decades, which involves removing the tiles and then reinstalling them. Tiles are a heavier option, so some structures may need to be reinforced before tile roofing is installed.

Wood Shingles as Roofing Materials

Wood shingles or shakes provide a quaint and rustic aesthetic for homes. They cost about twice as much as asphalt shingles and have a similar lifespan to architectural asphalt. They are more wind resistant than asphalt, but also require more maintenance. Wood is less fire-resistant than other roofing materials.

Roofs Need to Be Inspected, No Matter What the Material

No matter what type of roof you have, regular roof inspections are important. Have a professional inspection to learn about your roof’s condition and determine if it’s time for a replacement.
 
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