Comparing the Different Types of Roofing Materials

Comparing the Different Types of Roofing Materials

Your roof has a number of important roles for your home. In addition to protecting your home and possessions from the elements, your roof also dramatically influences the beauty and aesthetic of your home. There are several factors which can further influence this choice, including the cost of these materials, their durability, the amount of maintenance they require, and much more. So before you make a decision, take some time to consider each of the major types of roofing materials. Here are some basic pros and cons of each of them.

Asphalt Shingles
These are one of the most common and most economical types of roofing. Asphalt shingles come in lots of different colors and textures, and can coordinate well with nearly any type of exterior.

  • Pros: Inexpensive, versatile, and can match nearly any look with nearly any home exterior. Can be installed on nearly any slope of roof. Good wind resistance.
  • Cons: Shorter lifespan and more prone to leaking, warping, and other forms of damage. Will require more repairs than other types of roofing, and should be inspected more regularly.

Cedar Shakes & Shingles
If you’re looking to give your home a more “natural” look or want to make your home environmentally-friendly, this is the roofing type for you. These work well in nearly any climate.

  • Pros: The only truly renewable roofing material for those looking for a “green” material. Great for those looking for a “rustic” look. Great wind resistance (some are rated for 200 mph or more)
  • Cons: One of the least durable types of roofs, prone to leaking, and could be pricey for those on a budget.

Slate Tiles
For those who want a roof that will last, look no further than a slate roof. This material can be cut to nearly any size and shape, and has a unique, beautiful look for homes, but comes at a cost.

  • Pros: Completely fireproof and extremely durable, with some estimates saying 75 years or more with very little maintenance. Naturally beautiful look from color variations in the minerals.
  • Cons: Usually the most expensive option, running $10 or more per square-foot.

Clay or Concrete Tile Roofing
These provide perhaps the best blend of environmental friendliness, design flexibility, and durability. Roof tiles can be formed from clay or concrete and come in flat or curved pieces in a number of styles and colors.

  • Pros: Extremely durable, lasting 50-70 years with very little maintenance, particularly in high-temperature climates. Constructed from naturally-occurring materials, and easy to form into nearly any shape and color.
  • Cons: Clay could be cost prohibitive for those looking to replace their roof on a budget, running $8-10 per square foot.

Synthetic Roofing
This is another environmentally-friendly option, with tiles being made from recycled plastic and other resources. These can be made to match nearly any other style of roof, but provide excellent durability.

  • Pros: Can be made to match nearly any other style of roofing, including cedar, slate, or clay tiles. Excellent lifespan of 50 years or more, and can be recycled at the end of their life.
  • Cons: Can be difficult to install properly, and cost is somewhat higher than other types, running between $4-6.50 per square foot.

Metal Roofing
These are more commonly used as a commercial property roof, but options are available to homeowners as well. Metal roofs can be made to obtain a number of appealing looks, and are also recyclable at the end of their life.

  • Pros: Sustainable, as they can be constructed from recycled materials and recycled again at the end of their life. Flexible, and can match many different looks and colors. Surprisingly affordable, and extremely durable, particularly to snow and hail. Fire retardant.
  • Cons: Definitely noisier inside your home during hail or rain. Cost of installation is usually higher, despite the affordable materials.

If you need a roof replacement, discuss your option with the roofing experts at T-Town Roofing! Our Tulsa roofers have provided top-quality customer service and expert workmanship to our community since 1983. We can help you choose the perfect option for your roof replacement that fits your budget while getting you the look you want.

Don’t wait! Schedule an appointment and receive a free estimate by calling T-Town Roofing at 918.212.8184.
Categories: Roofing, Roof Replacement