Which Kind of Roofing is Best for Your House?

Roofer Installing Asphalt Shingles On House.

You’ve decided the time is right for your home roof replacement. You’ve started researching roofing contractors. You’ve looked at your budget. Now you’re looking at the options for roofing material, trying to decide which material is right for your home and your budget. There are a wide range of materials to consider. Style, cost, weight, and installation requirements are all considerations when making your selection for home roof replacement.


Asphalt is the most popular roofing material. Asphalt shingles can be designed to fit many different aesthetics, while still keeping a relatively low price point. Installation costs tend to be lower, maintenance is low, and shingles are durable. Many homeowners default to asphalt shingles because of these reasons. However, asphalt shingles may last only thirty years, which is lower than other materials on the market, and may not be as energy efficient as other options.


Wood shingles can add a rustic beauty to your home. Wood roofing can be either shingles (precisely cut) or shakes (irregularly cut). They last about ten years longer than asphalt, and, while more expensive than asphalt, are a good mid-range price option. Wood is a good insulator that will help cut energy bills and is resistant to storms. However, installation can be a challenge and will require an experienced roofer familiar with installing wood shingles. Wood can also be more susceptible to fire, termites, and mold and will require regular inspections and periodic maintenance to keep it in good condition.


Metal roofing is gaining more and more popularity. It’s a durable, environmentally friendly choice that is lightweight and completely recyclable. It can last twice as long as asphalt roofs, and can be manufactured to resemble wood, slate, or tile. You can install it over an existing roof, which will eliminate removal and disposal costs. The reflective nature of the metal will increase energy efficiency. While it may be more expensive than asphalt, the savings in removal cost and the longer life may be a worthwhile trade-off. The drawback to a metal roof is the noise homeowners may hear during storms, as metal can be very loud. Some find this soothing-others find it a bit too loud.


Tile shingles are most commonly seen on Spanish or Mediterranean style homes. They can be flat or curved and are made of clay or concrete. They will last for well over one hundred years, and since tiles are laid individually, they can be replaced individually if damaged. Air can circulate underneath, making them energy friendly. However, they can be very expensive  – over five times as expensive as asphalt. They’re heavy, and may require extra support. An engineer will have to look at your home to make sure it can support the weight. They’re also fragile and can break during chimney or gutter repair.


Slate roofs are also an expensive but long-lasting option. The natural color variations in the stone make them a naturally beautiful choice. They are water resistant, non-combustible, and not susceptible to mold or mildew. However, like tile, they are expensive, fragile when walked on, and heavy. Most roofs will need to be structurally reinforced by an engineer to support the weight.

How Materials Impact the Cost of a Home Roof Replacement

Home roof replacement is expensive. The cost is something that needs to be considered when choosing materials. While the price is also determined by the size, shape, elements, and repairs needed, the materials you choose will come with price considerations. Asphalt is the least expensive, while slate is the most. When looking at the style, durability and weight, it is important to see if your choice will fit with your budget.

The best way to determine which kind of roofing is best for your home is to speak with your licensed roofing contractor. A quality local contractor will look at your home roof replacement project and suggest the best fit for the climate in your area, the aesthetics you want, and the budget that you can afford. Researching roof materials can be overwhelming, and a local roof contractor is your best path toward finding the best fit. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors for a virtual appointment to talk about your new roof today!


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