When a homeowner decides to reroof their home or is in the process of building a new house, they must choose the type of material that will be used on the top layer of their roof. These choices range from asphalt shingles, metal, wood shingles, clay tiles, concrete and slate tiles. Each choice comes with a different price range, longevity, durability, appearance and skill set required for installation.
Asphalt shingles are often chosen by homeowners and installed by Newton roofing professionals as they have an inexpensive to moderate cost and will last around 25 years. They are not as durable as a few others and may not be an adequate choice for people who live in areas with extreme weather. However, around 80 percent of homeowners use these on their roofs.
Metal roofing will last longer than asphalt shingles. While the cost is higher than asphalt shingles, they do offer a better alternative for individuals who have their homes in regions of the country that are susceptible to high winds. Metal roofing is also a good choice for homeowners who own houses near areas where wildfires are a possibility.
The cost to use wood shingles is a little higher than metal roofing. Often made from cedar, wood shingles are used due to their aesthetic appeal. They give off a natural look that weathers nicely over the years.
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Unfortunately, they also have a short lifespan and require intervals of periodic maintenance.
Clay tiles have the advantage of lasting a long time, and they are also very resistant to fire. However, the cost to use clay tiles is much higher than asphalt, metal or wood roofing. Clay tiles give off a traditional Spanish look that sets them apart from other roofing material.
Concrete is often used due to its ability to resemble other types of roofing material such as clay tiles, slate tiles or wood shakes. They have the advantage of costing less than slate tiles, and they also have the ability to last for a minimum of 50 years.
Used in steep slope roofing, slate tiles are also on the high end of the cost spectrum. While they are expensive and brittle, they do have the advantage of being very resistant against both wind and fire. They have a natural appearance and have a very pleasing curb appeal, but if a homeowner chooses slate tiles for their roof, it will take specially trained roofers to install each tile.
A homeowner must weigh the pros and cons of each type of roofing material and decide on the type that is best for their budget, longevity goals and location.