Understanding Roof Types

A roof protects your home while conveying your home’s look and feel. While your roof’s initial installation and upkeep are always important, the material you choose for your roof can bring the exterior of your home to the next level.

When choosing roof types, consider the following questions.

  • What are the cost, life span, and warranty for this product?
  • Does this material offer good performance in extreme weather conditions that are common in your area?
  • Are there special installation and maintenance issues to consider?

There are lots of options for roofing materials available and here is a rundown of some of the most popular ones.

Composition Shingles

Pros: Asphalt roofing shingles are the most affordable roofing option and come in a variety of colors. If properly installed, asphalt shingles will protect your home for about 12 to 17 years. 

Cons: The disadvantages of asphalt roofing shingles come down to the quality of the material and the dwindling protection it has in shifting climates.

Home Styles: Asphalt shingles work with many architectural styles, especially traditional suburban styles.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

Pros: Clay and concrete tiles are long-lasting and non-combustible, and concrete tiles are energy efficient. if maintained properly, tiles will last around 40 to 50 years.

Cons: Clay and concrete tiles are expensive, heavy, and usually require additional framing. Prices start around $300 to $500 a square.

Home Styles: Clay and concrete tiles work well with Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern, and Spanish-style homes.

Metal Roofing

Pros: Metal roofing is durable, lasts longer than asphalt or wood, and offers high solar reflectance. Metal roofing can last 40 to 75 years.

Cons: Metal roofing is relatively expensive. Prices usually start around $100 to $300 a square, but some styles can cost $600 to $800 a square.

Home Styles: Metal looks great on bungalows, cabins, contemporary and cottage-style homes.

Wood Shingles and Shake

Pros: Wood shingles offer a rustic look and are a natural product usually made from cedar, redwood, and southern pine. will last around 25 to 30 years.

Cons: Fire codes in some areas prohibit use. Wood shingles can be a concern in wet climates and can mold, split or rot. Prices start at around $100 to $150 a square

Home Styles: Shake’s rustic aesthetic pairs well with bungalow, Cape Cod, cottage, Craftsman, and Tudor-style homes.

Just remember, before replacing your roof see if it can be repaired! Roof Doctors offers a complimentary inspection to ensure you make the best decision for your home.

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