When it comes time to repair or replace your roof, there are many questions to answer before getting started. Possibly the most important question of all being, “what roofing material will work best for my project?” We’ve been asked this question thousands of times at Elite Roofing, and the reason is clear: there are numerous types of roofing materials, each with distinct advantages, purposes, and looks. Because of this incredible variety, choosing the perfect roofing material can be tricky—but there are a few key considerations that will help narrow things down. Here’s how to pick the right type of roofing material for your next roofing project!
Before diving into the factors that go into this roofing decision, it’s good to have an idea of what your options are. Common types of roofing materials include:
· Asphalt shingles – Cost-effective, but with a shorter lifespan (20-30 years) than more durable materials.
· Slate – Very pricy, but incredibly durable. Slate also cuts a stunning profile for those looking to beautify their home.
· Ceramic tile – Also pricy and durable. Has a distinct Mediterranean look.
· Metal – Highly durable, but also cost-effective. Popular for industrial and agricultural buildings, but has gained traction for homes as well.
· Fakes – Synthetic versions of common roofing materials. These tend to either be cheaper (as with fake slate) or make up for drawbacks (as with fake wood, which is fire-resistant).
Depending on the roof you’re replacing, you may be limited in terms of which materials you can use. For instance, the pitch of your roof and the existing supports in place will play a role in your decision. Steeply pitched roofs can only support certain materials, while other materials (such as slate) require a greater deal of existing support due to their weight. Be sure to consult with a professional roofing company to see which types of roofing materials will be viable.
In other words, consider how long you’ll be staying under the roof you plan to build, repair, or replace. A solid roof with a highly durable material will last for decades, but if your family is likely to move in the next few years this may not be worth the investment. On the other hand, a more expensive and sturdy material may end up being cheaper in the long run if you plan to stick around.
No matter where you live, there’s always something that can negatively impact the lifespan of your roof. Homeowners in dry climates should consider fire resistance, while those in wetter areas should consider materials that stave off mold and algae. For Colorado homeowners—well, let’s just say durability goes a long way with the extreme weather in our area. Be sure to consider risks on the small-scale level, too. Storms may not be a major factor for you, but tree branches hanging over your home might be.
Depending on where you live, your decision on which roofing material to use for your roofing project may have been made for you. Certain cities and regions may require certain types of roofing materials to be used for any roofing projects. Areas prone to fires, for instance, may forbid the use of wood shakes and shingles. There may also be building restrictions in your community that dictate which materials can be used to maintain a distinct aesthetic. Be sure to check with the relevant building departments before getting started on your roofing project.
While this list is nowhere near complete, thinking about these factors will undoubtedly help you narrow down the types of roofing materials you’re considering for your roofing project. Once you have the shortlist, contact us at Elite Roofing to start putting your project in motion! From tile to metal to asphalt shingles and wood shakes, we’ve worked with just about any roofing material you can think of. This hands-on experience means we have the know-how to help you pick the perfect material for your roofing project—and install it right!