What Kind of Roof Should You Choose for Your Home?

Over time, roofs are bound to wear out and must be replaced. Roofing replacements make up about 90% of the North American roofing market, according to Roofing Insights. It’s essential to choose the right type of roof for your home, though. Residential flat roofing remains a popular option, as do asphalt shingles. In this article, we’ll review everything you need to know.

Flat Roofing

Flat roofing is becoming increasingly popular because it is affordable and has various options. Most homeowners opt for TPO membrane roofing because it doesn’t absorb heat. This instantly helps increase energy efficiency. The roof is flexible in cold temperatures, but most only last 20-30 years.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs continue to surge in popularity for homeowners who need a sloped roof replaced. Metal shingles are available in various styles and colors to match the current aesthetic appeal of your home. This roofing material helps reflect energy into the atmosphere to keep homes cooler. It’s known to resist pests, corrosion, and mold. However, this is one of the most expensive types of residential roofing.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the second cheapest type of roofing. (The first is residential flat roofing.) These shingles receive a special coating to help them resist damage from UV rays from the sun. They typically last fifty years, making them well worth the additional cost. However, they are less energy-efficient than other roofing options.

Wooden Shingles

Wooden shingles are a sustainable option for homeowners who want to enjoy the rustic appeal that wooden shingles bring to a home. These shingles are typically made from cedar or redwood trees. They usually last 30-50 years, depending on how well you maintain your roof and your climate. Wooden shingles are not ideal for particularly wet environments.

Clay Tile Roofs

Clay tile is a popular roofing option for Spanish-style homes. These tiles are not prone to mold or mildew and can last around 100 years. However, clay tiles are notorious for being heavier than other roofing materials. Your roof may require additional support for clay tiles. You’ll also need to hire a roofing company that lays clay tile roofs. The additional knowledge, skill, and work required cost significantly more than other options.

Various types of residential roofing are available, from clay tiles to residential flat roofing. Every type has its own unique advantages. Contact us today and we’ll happily help you find the perfect roof for your home.

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