Roofing Material Comparisons

Has the time come to install a new roof? If so, you should do your research on replacements instead of simply going with what you’ve had before.

See, roofing materials come in a wide range of styles. With so many options on the market, choosing the right roof for your home and budget is far from simple. Plus, replacing a roof can be a valuable home investment.

Not sure which roof material to opt for? Here are five types of roofing materials that you’re most likely to see in the U.S. today.

1. Asphalt Shingles

There are many reasons why most U.S. homeowners use composite asphalt shingles. They’re durable, easy to install, and cost only $1.50 to $5.50 per square foot. On average, this comes out to $8,000 per roof installation.

Asphalt shingles come in two main types: architectural and three-tab. Architectural shingles are thicker, more weather-resistant, and can last up to 30 years. Their high-quality materials also make them more expensive.

Three-tab shingles are easy to recognize, as they’re cut to look like three shingles. This style makes for a uniform pattern that’s pleasing to the eye. That said, three-tab shingles are thin and prone to high winds.

2. Metal

For a roofing material that’s been around since the 1800s, metal can seem quite modern. Due to their durability and availability, metal roofs remain popular despite their higher price ($6 to $14 per square foot).

Metal roofing materials come in two types: shingles and sheets. The former is an attempt to replicate the look of asphalt roofing. Metal shingles are lightweight and recyclable but may require soundproofing to reduce noise.

A metal sheet roof needs a standing seam system to keep the panels attached. As a result, creating clean vertical lines requires careful installation. Otherwise, the sheets may warp or develop ripples.

3. Slate

As far as roofing materials go, slate is the king of durability. This material is great at resisting fire, high winds, extreme temperatures, and even impact damage. Some hard slate roofs can last up to 200 years.

Slate comes in both natural and synthetic styles. Synthetic alternatives include fiber cement slates and bitumen strips. Natural slate is more durable but also costs more and may need extra structural support.

4. Clay

Clay tiles date back about 5,000 years but remain a popular roofing choice. They’re expensive to install and repair but last longer than most roofing types. Clay roofing comes in many styles, from French to Scania.

Clay is great at regulating temperatures, which makes it perfect for climates with extreme weather like South Florida. Clay roofs are also very fire-resistant and can resist high winds of 150 miles per hour.

5. Wood

Wood roofing pairs well with Craftsman and Tudor-style houses. The most popular roof materials include cedar, pine, and redwood. In ideal conditions (e.g., not wet climates), wood roofs can last up to 50 years.

You can shape wood roofing into shakes and shingles. Shakes offer a more rugged, natural look, though they cost more to install. Wood shingles are usually sawmilled into a uniform length and width to create clean lines.

Choose Your Roof Material Today

Choosing the right roof material involves many factors, including longevity, price, and appearance. If you’re unsure what material is the right fit for your home, consult this guide for a quick refresher!

Are you in need of professional roofing services? Our experts at Paletz Roofing & Inspection can tend to all your roofing needs! Contact us here—we’ll get back to you soon.