Know Your Options When Choosing New Roofing

If you’re in the market for new roofing, learn your options to make the best choice

So, you need new roofing on your home but don’t know where to start? With the many different types of roofing materials on the market, it can be quite confusing. Discover your roofing options and choose the right one for your home.

Metal

Metal roofing is becoming more popular with every passing year. This roofing material is lighter than asphalt, easily installed by professionals, and falls in the medium price range unless you choose copper.

Most metal roofs are the traditional standing seam roofs but now you can find metal roofs made to look like wood shakes, clay tiles, and shingles. These roofs are durable, fire retardant and relatively maintenance free.

The drawbacks to metal roofs are they dent easily and are noisy during storms.

Tile

Clay tile roofing gives you a Mediterranean or Spanish look but also offers durability. Tile doesn’t degrade and can resist all types of severe weather including extreme cold. Tile also gives your home fire-resistant protection.

There are some drawbacks to tile though including breakage when walked on should you need to do work on your rooftop, and weight. Tile is quite heavy and your home may need structural support if you plan on installing it.

Wood

Cedar shakes and shingles are the choice when it comes to wood roofing material. Cedar naturally repels water and last 25 to 50 years. Homes in the northeastern United States have used cedar for decades because of its resistance to harsh winters.

If you like the weathered look that cedar gives you, this is a good choice for you. Some people don’t care for this ‘gray and weathered’ look so you need to consider this before making this choice for your roofing material.

Asphalt

This roofing has been around for a long time for good reason. It’s easy to install, has a long life of up to 30 years, and is the least expensive roofing material on the market.

The downside to asphalt is its susceptibility to algae streaking and damage during high winds.

Before making your decision, carefully consider each of these roofing options and make the decision that fits your budget, geographic location, and style of home.