Choosing Which Roofing Material to Use for Your Home

Roofing-MaterialsShingles are currently the most popular choice of roofing material in the U.S. And composite shingles are a good bet for durability and for protecting your home.

Composite Shingles

Composite shingle are made of asphalt. With their adhesive backing, they are easy to install. They stand up well in extreme weather (think rainstorms and hurricanes!) and can last from 30 to 50 years with occasional reinforcement. Composite shingles are also resistant to mold and algae growth. Additionally, they can be paired with almost any type of gutter, from galvanized to wood.

Metal Roofing

No roofing material has as much variety in price and type as metal roofing. It is available in galvanized iron or lead, as well as in elegant copper. It can be installed as sheets or shingles, both of which are suitable for steep roofs. Mechanically seamed metal, on the other hand, is ideal for gentle slopes. Contrary to popular thought, metal roofing does not absorb too much heat, making it ideal for tropical areas of the country.
Those who live in places which attract a lot of thunderstorms can feel safe with metal sheet roofing, because of its ability to disperse lightning. It is non-flammable, too. Metal roofing also appeals to home owners because of its low cost maintenance, though the more attractive materials are also more expensive. Roofing companies will generally guarantee 50 years of a secure roof for your home if you choose this material.

Tile and Slate Roofing

Roof tiles are usually made of slate, glazed ceramic and baked clay, and they top all the other roofing materials in terms of age and weight. Two factors discourage people from using tiles and slates—weight and price. Due to the heaviness of these materials, roofers must first ensure that your house has the necessary support structure to bear this weight. They are also considerably more expensive than most other materials. However, if your aim is for the classic look, then this is your choice. Tile and slate are fire resistant and sturdy and will typically last for generations.

Seamless metal gutters should pair off with slates very well, though keep in mind: You will need highly skilled roofers or roofing contractors to properly install this material.