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Roof Materials

What roof material best suits the design of your home? There are a number of good quality roofing materials available on the market today. You can pick from asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, clay tiles, slate or metal.

You will need to consider the price of roofing materials, how much installation will cost, the aesthetics, the complexity of the roof design and how long the roofing materials will last.

Your region and weather conditions could also weigh in on the decision, as some roofing materials are better suited to certain environments. As well, ask yourself how much maintenance will be involved before you decide on a roofing material.


Various Roofing Materials:

Asphalt Shingles:

The majority of roofs today are shingled with asphalt shingles. In fact, roughly 70% of homes have asphalt shingles. Part of their popularity lies in the fact that they are maintenance free and come in a wide array of design and color options. Topping that off, asphalt shingles are reasonably priced and easy to repair.

These shingles come in various grades and qualities. From 50-year shingles, to 30 year shingles, to 20 year shingles, right down to 15 year shingles.


Cedar or Wood Shingles:

Cedar shingles or shakes offer the unique look of wood. If untreated cedar shakes with weather and fade into a silver gray. Properly installed this roofing material can last up to 35 or 40 years!
While cedar shingles are easy to install, they are more expensive than regular asphalt shingles. Repairs are also easy to make with wood shingles. Cedar shingles are a great option for complicated roofs. They are not ideal for zones that are in a high risk area for fires.

Tile Roofs:

Tiles roofs have a charm and appeal all their own. They can be made of clay or concrete and come in a range of shapes and colors. Concrete tiles are roughly half the price of clay.

Tiled roofs have a long life expectancy, but they call for extra framing to support their tremendous weight. These roofs are fire resistant and maintenance free. However, clay roof tiles are not suitable for cold climates or for complex roofs. They are used more in warmer, southern climates of the U.S.


Metal Roofs:

Some of the metal roofing options for your home include corrugated aluminum, stainless steel and copper roofing. Materials are the most expensive side part of a metal roof installation. Installed, you can expect to pay two or three times the price of an asphalt shingled roof for a metal roof. Repairs and challenging and require a professional contractor.
Metal roofs are great maintenance free roofing options. Additionally, there are a variety of design and color options with metal.

Slate Roofs:

This premium roofing product comes at a premium price. You can expect to pay from $1000 to $1,500 per square, a square being 100 square feet.

Slate has the highest longevity of the roofing materials, lasting well up to eighty years and beyond. It is difficult and costly to repair. It shouldn't be walked on, not only because of the danger of falling, but because walking on the slate tiles could damage them. Repairs should be done by a roofing contractor that specializes in slate installation.


Roofing Materials and Longevity

  • Asphalt Shingles
  • 50 Year Asphalt Shingles
  • Cedar Shingles
  • Tile Roofs
  • Metal Roofs
  • Slate Roofs
  • 20 - 35 Years
  • Up to 50 Years
  • 35 - 40 Years
  • 70 Years and Up
  • 40 to 50 Years
  • Up to 80 Plus
Whatever roofing material suits your budget and house design, our roofing professionals can help you get the job done right. When it comes to roofs, peace of mind goes a long way!
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