Categories: Roofing

There are a lot of benefits to changing up the materials that compose your home. Replacing old, worn out siding, for instance, can give a return of up to 10% of your home’s value. But replacing your roofing may be a more timely project.

There are many types of roofing available if you’re considering getting a roof replacement, with some materials being more popular than others. Do you know your options? Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common types of roofing materials used today.

Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most common residential roofing material used in the United States. In fact, four out of every five homes have asphalt shingle roofing. This material is so popular because asphalt shingles are easy to install, economical to create, and can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials without changing the appearance of the shingle.

However, this material does have a shorter lifespan than other types of roofing. It also doesn’t offer the same level of insulation that other, stronger, materials can give. It’s a very “get what you pay for” type of roofing material.

Clay or Concrete Tile
Clay and concrete tiles can add texture and a sense of elegance to a roof, either ribbed or flat. They’re also extremely durable, but very heavy, and must be installed by a professional. Concrete is more versatile and less expensive than clay, but heavier overall.

The long-lasting and noncombustible nature of these tiles make them a great choice, but they are expensive and heavy. Additional framing is typically required to support the extra weight of the tiles.

Metal Roofing
Metal roofs are one of the most rapidly spreading types of roofing materials. And it’s no secret why! There are plenty of benefits that come with metal roofing. For one, it can help reduce your home’s energy bills by 25% annually. Not only that, but it’s extremely durable. These roofs are long-lasting, lightweight, and very sleek. However, they can be expensive, sometimes costing as much as $800 per square. Though, the lifespan of 45-70 years often makes up for it, making them a good investment.

These are the most popular types of roofing available on the residential market today, with a variety of sub-options that you can choose from. Most homes may have asphalt shingles, but that doesn’t have the be the case for yours.

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