The most popular type of roof in the United States is still the asphalt shingles, but there are many newer types and styles of roofs that are available. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each type will help you to make a more informed decision.
Things to Think About When Shopping for a Roof
There are many differences between different roofing materials – each of which have their own pros and cons. Homeowners need to weigh the price, required maintenance and longevity of each type of roofing in order to make the best decision for their home. Since each homeowner has their own set of circumstances, what might be right for one homeowner might not be right for another.
A few questions to ask yourself before choosing a type of roofing include:
- How long do you plan on staying in the home?
- Determine the value of your home and how a new roof would change that?
- How much maintenance can you handle?
Other Types of Roofs
Wood Shingles – The only way to achieve a completely natural look on your home, wood shingles were one of the first roofing types available and continue to be available today. Wood shingles offer incredible insulation and usually last up to 30 years. A few of the downfalls of wood shingles is their high risk of fire and the risk of mold, mildew and termites damaging the roof.
Eco-Shake – Made purely from recycled materials, eco-shake allows you to have a natural looking roof that will last up to 50 years, holds up well in all climates, requires no maintenance and does not chip, fade or crack. The downside of eco-shake is the limited number of colors it is currently available in.
Rubber – Made to look just like wood shingles or shakes, rubber shingles are so similar to wood shingles that no one can tell unless they actually touch the shingles. These engineered rubber shingles are impact resistant, moisture resistant as well as resistant to insect damage and mold. Typically including a 50-year warranty, a rubber roof requires no maintenance. The downside of rubber roofing is the lack of studies done since it is a fairly new roofing material, so the true long term effects are not known yet.
Metal –Metal roofing is made from steel, aluminum or copper and can be installed right over your old roof. Homeowners have many choices when it comes to choosing a style for the metal roof including smooth or textured styles. Metal roofs can withstand harsh weather, are fireproof and resists mold, mildew and insect damage.