If you’re on the market for a new roof, you might be wondering what your options are. First, you’ll want to decide what type of roofing material you want to use, and from there you can choose the finer details like the color and style.
Some common types of roofing materials include asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and metal roofs. Each of these kinds of roofs have their own pros and cons, and some are better suited for different regions and climates. We’ve provided some information about each of these 3 types of roofing materials below, but if you’d like to sit down to talk with us further about your options, we are always happy to help you make the best decision.
Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular types of roofing materials, especially in North Carolina, and for good reason. Asphalt shingles are both durable and affordable. In addition, they come in a number of styles and colors, making them easily customizable for your home’s unique style.
Of the 3 types of roofing materials listed here, asphalt shingles have the shortest lifespan, averaging about 20 years. However, with that said, they are also the most affordable of the 3 roofing materials.
Clay tiles are extremely durable, lasting about 100 years. In addition, they are fire resistant, with the highest level fire rating of Class A. This makes clay tiles ideal for areas that are subject to forest fires. Also, clay tiles are very energy efficient and can help keep your home warm or cold accordingly. Both of these reasons are why you’ll see clay tiles more often in drier regions, especially in the US Southwest and West Coast.
With that said, clay tiles are the most expensive of these 3 options. Because of their weight, they also require extra structural support when they’re installed.
Metal roofing is becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. For one, metal roofs last for 50+ years. In addition, they are one of the most, if not the most, eco-friendly roofing materials out there, as they are often made partly from recycled materials and can then be recycled once you’re done with them. Not only are they eco-friendly, they are also energy efficient, and can help you save money on energy costs for your home.
Although metal roofing has a number of benefits, it is also costlier than asphalt shingles and it can get dents in it over time.
As you can see, each of these 3 popular types of roofing materials comes with its own pros and cons. If you’re still undecided about which direction you should take for your new roof, we are happy to help you weigh your options. Just give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC and Wake Forest, NC.