If you need of a new roof, installing one is a worthwhile investment since it improves the value of your home considerably. Outlined are the best roofing materials to protect your family and keep your home looking great for years.

Here are the pros and cons of different roofing materials.

Various Types of Roofing Materials

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are becoming more popular because of their durability. Metal roofing can last between 40-70 years.

Due to the quality of the materials, metals can withstand harsh weather conditions, including strong and severe winds. They are rust-resistant, and won’t crack or corrode with proper care. However, they are more expensive than asphalt shingles, costing anywhere from $6 to $15 per square foot.

 Pros

  • Long-lasting
  • Resistant to harsh weather conditions
  • Rust-resistant
  • Made of quality and strong materials
  • Energy-efficient

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Prone to be noisy
  • Can become dented

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in the US and therefore can be found in a range of options and styles. Due to their composition, the minerals that are mixed with the asphalt aid in reflecting light and heat away from the home. Depending on the style of shingle chosen, you could expect this type of roof to last anywhere from 20 to 30 years.

Pros

  • Quality lifespan
  • High-impact resistance
  • Cost-effective

 Cons

  • Lifespan is not as long as their counterparts
  • Shingles aren’t suitable for flat roofs

Tiled Roofing Materials

Concrete Roof Tiles

These roofing materials are the most durable and elegant. They are pricey and heavy but have a lifespan that far exceeds most other options available. Modern tiled roofs are crafted from molded and tinted concrete. They are available in many shapes, including flat, interlocking, curved, fluted, and more. They are ideal for use in drier climates. For the tiled roofs, expect to spend around $8 to $25 per square foot, installed.

Pros

  • Very durable
  • Attractive
  • Strong and can withstand winds, hail, and fire

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Prone to breakage in case of heavy impact

Clay Roof Tiles

Clay roof tiles are environmentally friendly and perfect for homes in hot, coastal climates. These types of roofs are designed to last at least 50 years. They require very little maintenance as well. The downside is that they are one of the more expensive options available at $10-$30 per square foot. The added curb appeal makes this option worth it.

Pros

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Long-lasting
  • Enhances curb appeal

Cons

  •  Pricey
  •  May crack under impact

When selecting suitable roofing materials for your home, choose a type that best suits your needs and budget. However, some of the features worth considering include strength, fire endurance, water resistance, and the ability to withstand wind. Seek advice from professional roofing contractors to make a well-informed decision.

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