WHEN CHOOSING ROOFING MATERIALS, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

  • What kind of specialized installation will this material need?
  • Are there a variety of colors and styles available in this material that complement your home?
  • Does the material meet the local fire codes in your area?
  • Are there special installation and maintenance techniques to consider?
  • Depending on frequent weather conditions in your area, what kind of performance can each material best provide you?
  • What is the cost, lifespan, and warranty for each home roofing material?
  • These essential answers to these questions will help you determine the best roof style choice for your home and budget. And since there are a ton of roofing material options priced from high to low, here’s what makes them different.

Roofing Materials To Consider:

ASPHALT SHINGLES

The most common and affordable roofing material used throughout the United States, asphalt shingles remain a go-to as they are cost-effective and easy to install and manage. Plus asphalt shingles can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials without altering their appearance.

Pros: Asphalt is available in a variety of colors, is easy to source, and is the most affordable roofing application of them all.

Cons: Asphalt doesn’t last as long as roofing materials, doesn’t provide the same kind of insulation as others, and the quality can vary.

House Styles: Asphalt shingles work well with popular modern architectural styles – making it perfect for traditional suburban homes.

Cost and Life Span: Prices can range from about $65 to $150 a square and when maintained properly, they can last up to 20 to 25 years.

CLAY AND CONCRETE TILES

Perfect for a gable roof, and often Spanish inspired, clay and concrete tiles add texture and evoke a far-off, romantic feel. Clay tiles are extremely durable but also very heavy. And though they also boast a heavy weight, concrete tiles are equally versatile and are far less expensive than clay options.

Pros: Concrete tiles are energy efficient, and both clay and concrete tiles are long-lasting and non-combustible investments.

Cons: They can be expensive, are heavy, and require additional framing.

House Styles: They lend the perfect finishing touch to Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern, and Spanish inspired homes.

Cost and Life Span: They can start at $300 to $500 a square and when maintained properly, can last about 40 to 50 years.

METAL ROOFING

Resistant to extreme weather conditions, there’s two types of metal roofing to consider boasting either metal panels or shingles. And since metal roofing comes in a variety of materials including aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and zinc, there are plenty of directions you can choose from.

Pros: Metal roofing is sleek, lightweight, long-lasting, recyclable, and durable, and lasts much longer than any other roofing material.

Cons: Metal roofing can be more expensive.

House Styles: Metal roofs look great topping off modern and contemporary structures, or juxtaposed with older more quaint facades.

Cost and Lifespan: Prices average around $100 to $300 a square, with some more elaborate options reaching up to $600 to $800 a square. However, the plus side of the extra cost is that metal roofing can last around 40 to 75 years.

SLATE

Boasting a distinctively modern elegance, slate roofing styles come in rich shades of black, green, grey, and burgundy.

Pros: Slate is strong, fire-resistant, and can be recycled.

Cons: It can be expensive and requires extra framing. And the quality can vary with imported slate materials.

House Styles: Slate roofs pair well with Colonial, European, and French-inspired homes.

Cost and Lifespan: Prices start at $600 a square and they can last 50 to 100 years or more.

WOOD SHINGLES AND SHAKE

Popular for hundreds of years, wood shingles and shakes age with a gorgeous, time-worn patina. Wood shake squares are handmade and are more organic looking than wood shingles, which are cut by machine. Look for wood shingles treated with a fire-resistant coating.

Pros: Wood shingles lend a rustic feel and are a natural product.

Cons: Check your local fire codes for possible use. Wood shingles can mold, split or rot in wet climates.

House Styles: Both options rustic appeal pairs well with bungalow, Cape Cod, cottage, Craftsman, and Tudor-style homes.

Cost and Lifespan: Prices start at around $100 to $150 a square and will last around 25 to 30 years.

SYNTHETIC ROOFING 

In terms of more affordable roofing options, synthetic roofing products are designed to be strong and easy to maintain with some materials boasting fire-resistant fabrication.

Pros: Synthetic roofing materials are less fragile, heavy or as expensive as natural roofing products.

Cons: Often, they can absorb water creating mold and the quality varies. 

House Styles: Synthetic roofing products work well with almost all architectural styles.

Cost and Lifespan: Prices are around $300 a square and they can last up to 50 years.

SOLAR PANELS

Probably one of the most talked about roof types of them all, solar paneled roofing has come a long way. Derived from the sun’s radiation, solar shingles and panels are extremely beneficial for the environment as they are an efficient source of clean energy.
 
Plus, with innovative companies like Tesla making it easier for you to produce and store clean, renewable energy for your home with solar shingles and panels that are modern and designed to mimic the feel of traditional roofing materials to be more aesthetically pleasing, they seem all the more viable.
Pros: Renewable energy source that can reduce electric bills, and have low maintenance costs.

Cons: They can be expensive, weather dependent, and solar energy can be costly to store. 

House Styles: Thanks to innovative technological updates by the likes of Tesla, solar shingles can now mimic the look of many popular roof styles.

Cost and Life Span: They can as little as $25 a square and when maintained properly, can last 25 years or longer.

(Credit: https://www.decoraid.com/blog/roof-types)