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How to Choose the Right Roofing Materials for Your Home

Choosing the right materials for your roof is important when it comes time to get a new roof. A new roof is one of the biggest investments that most homeowners make. That’s why it is important to understand how to maximize the return on your investment.

Although most homeowners install a new roof out of necessity, you can add value to your home and enhance the exterior when you choose the right materials for your new roof. Getting a new roof is an opportunity to upgrade your home in terms of style, looks and color.

There are a range of roofing choices available, such as wood, asphalt, concrete, slate and composite shingles. Each type of material has their own advantages. The most important thing is to consider what factor is most important to you. It is budget, style, durability or longevity? Unusually, low-cost roofing materials have a shorter lifespan. More expensive roofing tends to last longer. It is also important to consider the material’s weight, cost and installation requirements. Here are the different types of roofing materials and the advantages of each.

Asphalt Shingles            

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material in the United States. These shingles are simple to install and economical. Basic composite asphalt shingles typically last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. They are a variety of architectural and roof styles. Asphalt shingles come in a large variety of colors, weights, styles and designs. Architectural asphalt shingles are similar to composite ones but they typically last much longer, anywhere from 30 to 50 years. They are more durable than composite asphalt shingles and offer greater resistance to wind and fire. They are also more expensive than asphalt shingles.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are typically made from cypress, western red cedar or pine. Wood shingles have a natural appearance that helps them blend in with the environment. This makes them a popular choice for many architectural styles and locations. Most wood shingles are treated with chemical preservatives that make them resistant to rot. They are also typically treated with fire retardants. The typical lifespan for wood shingles is approximately 30 to 50 years if properly maintained.

Clay Tile

Clay tiles are one of the most eye-catching and versatile roofing materials available. They are often used for Spanish-style or Mission homes. Clay roofs usually last a lifetime. In fact, many can last 100 or more years. Clay tiles can be either flat or curved. There are a variety of surface textures that can be used to create a number of different looks from which to choose. Benefits of clay tile include its longevity, fire-protection and low-maintenance needs. Although clay tile is more expensive than other roofing materials, its natural appearance and beauty often outweigh the cost.


Metal roofs used to be old barn roofs made of tin. This is no longer the case. Today’s metal roofing materials are available in aluminum, copper and steel. They are fully recyclable, maintenance-free, durable and fire resistant. These roofs are energy efficient as they keep your home cooler in the summer months due to the fact that they reflect the sun’s rays. Metal roofs can last up to 75 years.


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