5 Of The Best Roofing Materials For Your Home

If you're looking to replace the roof on your home, but aren't sure where to get started, why not take a look below at some of the most popular materials used in residential roofs? Check out these five roofing materials, as well as their advantages and disadvantages, to see which one might be best for your roofing project.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt is one of the most common roofing material choices in North America for the simple reason that it's much cheaper than most other alternatives. It also comes in a variety of colors and is well-suited to almost any architectural style. So while it does have a much shorter product lifespan than competing materials, and doesn't offer much in the way of insulation either, the price really can't be beat making it the most appealing to home owners. 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing materials such as aluminum and copper come in a variety of colors and styles, including panels and shingles. Though metal roofing is more expensive than its asphalt cousin, its also much more durable, and can stand up to even the most extreme weather conditions. When it's time to replace a metal roof, you can simply recycle the material, instead of wasting it, making it a great option for those concerned about the environment. 

Slate Roofing

Slate is a fairly unique roofing material, and not nearly as common as metal or asphalt. That said, it also comes in a variety of colors, and can add elegance to large homes with colonial or French architectural styling. It's very durable, but you pay for its durability: slate is very expensive, and uncommon varieties can mean a roofing project that costs tens of thousands of dollars.

Wood Roofing

Wood roofing, most commonly seen in the shingle variety, is natural and beautiful, but moderately expensive and not as durable as metal. It offers a superior alternative to asphalt for those who might want to compliment the architecture of their rural cabin, but vulnerability to fires means that it's not a common choice for suburban homes.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

Clay tiles are usually associated with Spanish revival architecture, and can be seen with some frequency in warmer climates. Clay is heavier and more expensive than asphalt, but also extremely durable, lasting several decades. Concrete tiles that are colored to appear like clay are an alternative to actual clay tiles. While a bit heavier, concrete tiles are also far less expensive than real clay tiles, making them a budget-friendly option for those in a Mediterranean-style homes. 

For more information on the roofing material right for you, contact a company like Danforth Roofing Supply Ltd.