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What are the Different Options for Residential Roofing Materials?

The Pros and Cons of Different Roofing Materials

Investing in roofing is a big deal, and it’s important for you to understand the pros and cons of the materials available for your new roof. You need to consider several factors when choosing whether to replace or repair your roof. Understanding the differences between roofing types will allow you to decide which type of roof is best for your home.


Asphalt, Fiberglass, and Composite Shingles

These shingles consist of a fiberglass core with mineral granules on top, which makes them a versatile option for most residential roofing needs. They are normally covered by a 20- to 30-year guarantee. Composite shingles flex and adapt seamlessly to roof expansion and contraction.

As a result of the mix of fiberglass, asphalt, and mineral composite, asphalt composite shingles are available in different colors, including gray, brown, red, green, and blue. In spite of this, their color will fade over time due to exposure to light.


Metal Roofing

As a fireproof roofing material, metal roofs are popular in areas with heavy snowfall or with a significant fire danger. They are light and can be installed over existing roofs. It has a lifespan of more than 60 years, placing it among the longest-lived roofing materials. However, hail can dent and make metal roofing loud during rainstorms.

There are two varieties to pick from: shingles and standing seam. Metal shingles can be manufactured to look like asphalt shingles, wooden shakes, slate, or clay tiles. We use Decra shingles for metal shingle roofs. A metal standing seam roof has raised seams and panels that interlock to keep moisture out. Sealants can also be applied to the metal before it is painted.


Slate Roofing

Slate is a durable roofing material that can last 50 to 200 years. The material is fireproof and flameproof, and it can withstand severe winds and extreme temperatures. Besides natural, quarried slate, you can also choose synthetic slate, such as fiber cement slate or bituminous slate.

Slate is easy to quarry because it tends to split off into thin sheets, making it perfect for roofing. However, slate installation is a highly specialized expertise, and skilled installers can be difficult to come by.


Composite Roofing

Composite roofing is a synthetic roofing material made out of (usually) recycled materials. The process of creating these materials makes them very durable. Since they are recycled, they are considered to be eco-friendly. Composite shingles look very similar to slate or cedar shake. Composite roofing, like cedar shake and slate, is considered to be a premium roofing material and will be priced higher than asphalt shingles.


Wood Roofing

The aesthetically pleasing nature of wood makes it a popular choice for high-end residences. A Cape Cod cottage, a Craftsman home, or a Tudor home will also work well with these types of roofs. In central Illinois, cedar shake is a popular roofing material because of the esthetics and the fact that it is insect-resistant.

Wood roofs can last 50 years in dry climates, but chemical preservatives and fire retardants must be applied to ensure their durability in fire-prone regions. Water damage can cause wood roofs to deteriorate more quickly, especially in humid environments.


In other areas of the country, clay roofing and green roofing may also be options.


Choose the Right Roofing Type for Your Home

Replacing an old roof is one of the greatest and most beneficial investments you can make in your property. Your roof protects and beautifies your home. We are experts in helping home and business owners choose the right roofing materials for their home and businesses. If you are ready to make a change, give us a call or reach out through our contact form.

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