If your roof has been damaged by a storm and is beyond simple repair work, then a replacement is most likely in order. Of course, check with your storm damage roofing contractor to see if your roof is salvageable before making any hasty decisions. If it can be saved, they’ll know which repairs should be made. If your roof does need to be replaced after all, however, make sure you know what your options are when it comes to choosing the right roofing material for your home.
Some materials are more durable than others and are better at withstanding certain climates and weather conditions. Other materials may be more affordable but might not be so enduring. Here are seven different types of materials to consider requesting your contractor to use when they replace your roof.
1. Asphalt Shingles
Lifetime: 12 to 17 years
Pro: It is affordable! Asphalt shingles are typically priced lower than other roofing materials. They also provide a moderate level of protection. Because of this, many homeowners see it a cost-effective solution to their roofing needs.
Con: Asphalt shingles don’t do too well in extreme heat. High temperatures can make these shingles crack and discolor.
2. Metal Panels and Shingles
Lifetime: Metal roofing materials are expected to last as long as the house they’re attached to.
Pro: Metal roofing materials are able to withstand high winds and fire. They’re also really good in areas where it snows a lot because the metal helps snow to melt and not stay packed onto the roof.
Con: Metal roofing materials can be expensive—costing $150 to $600 per square. It can also be noisy during rain storms, but that can be easily combated with sound-proofing insulation.
3. Rubber Slate
Lifetime: 50 years
Pro: Rubber roofs are considered to be one of the least costly options as well as one of the longer lasting ones. It is also one of the easiest types to make repairs on—requiring either liquid rubber or a special kind of tape to patch up a leak.
Con: The only real negative point with rubber roofing materials is appearance as most are black. However, acrylic paints can help add color to fit your home’s style.
4. Stone-Coated Steel Shingles
Lifetime: 40 to 70 years
Pro: These types of shingles are very resilient and able to endure high winds of up to 120 mph. They also require very little, if any, maintenance.
Con: This type of roofing material is definitely among the most expensive options. However, due to its long lifespan and advanced durability features, there is potential for long-term savings—making it one of the more cost-effective roofing options.
5. Clay Tiles
Lifetime: 100+ years
Pro: Clay has reflective properties, and so these can help increase your home’s energy efficiency. It is also durable when it comes to pretty much any climate. When faced with humidity, they won’t get moldy. High winds won’t break them—they can withstand the wind speeds of hurricanes. They also won’t shrink or expand like wood does when faced with the hot-to-cold seasonal phases.
Con: Clay tiles are heavy! Because of that, you need a roof that can support their weight. This may even mean adding support beams prior to installation.
6. Concrete Tiles
Lifetime: 50 years
Pro: Similar to clay tiles, concrete tiles are long-lasting and can handle wind speeds of up to 125 mph. These are ideal for homes in sunny climates as they help keep homes cool by reflecting light and not absorbing it.
Con:Like clay, concrete is extremely heavy and that could be problematic if you live in Snow Country, USA (we’re looking at you, Idaho!). If snow packs onto the roof, the roof supports could be overly strained and cause damage. If the tiles aren’t specially made to withstand freezing temperatures, they could end up cracking.
7. Green Roofing
Lifetime: 40 years
Pro: Green roofs (also called Living Roofs) provide a natural insulation and give you extra space for gardening. They’re very eco-friendly as they help improve the local air quality as well reduce water runoff.
Con: As you can probably tell, this type of roofing takes a lot of maintenance work! You have to put in the time and money it takes to keep it watered, insect-free, and properly cared for just like any other garden. Because you will be watering it, you’ll need to watch out for water damage and leaks.There may also be structural limitations that you’d have to watch out for.
Count on CTI Contractors
At CTI Contractors, we understand how weather can take its toll on a roof. We know which roof types are best for homes in the differing areas that we serve in Arizona, Idaho, and Utah. If you’re in need of a roof replacement, give us a call today. We can give you an estimate and help you come to a decision about which type of roofing material is best for your home.