Choosing the Right Roofing Materials for Your Home


Are you in the process of building a new home or you are replacing your damaged roof? Well, one of the decisions you must make in the process is the type of roof for your home. Roofing materials differ in cost, longevity, appeal, and many other aspects.

The roofing options available today give homeowners a wide range of choice depending on their preferences and budget. If you are at that point where you need to decide on the type of roof to install, the below information may be very useful to you.

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Asphalt Roofs

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This is also known as composite shingles and is one of the common roofing materials used by homeowners in Rockford, IL and the rest of the country. In structure, asphalt roofs consist of fiberglass mat coated with mineral and asphalt granules. This type of roof is by far the most economical to homeowners.

Compared to other roofs, asphalt roofs are much easier to install and they last between 20 and 25 years.

Wood Shake Shingles

This is another attractive though costly roofing option for homeowners. It is constructed of cedar which is faded to a warm shade of grey. Many people find wood shake shingles an alternative to asphalt. They can serve you up to 50 years if they are properly maintained.

Metal Roofs

Thanks to environmental friendliness campaigns, metal roofs are gradually gaining popularity. They are recyclable, durable, and their reflective attributes can easily cut cooling costs in your home.  Compared to the above three roofing systems, metal roofs are more durable lasting up to 75 years. The only thing you should sacrifice for is the materials and the required skill to install them.

Slate Roofs

This is a distinctive and elegant roofing material. It is known for its durability lasting well over 100 years if well installed and maintained. However, it is also a costly option compared to metal roofs, wood shake shingles, and asphalt roofs.

Synthetic Roofing

If you like the look of slate or wood, but you cannot afford, you can have an alternative in synthetic roofing. Synthetic roofs can give you the appearance of expensive natural materials at a fraction of their cost. Unfortunately, they haven’t been long enough on the market to give a reliable estimate on their durability.

When picking your roofing materials, it is imperative to look at factors such as the slope of your roof as well as the climate you live in. Building codes in your area may also limit what you can choose as your roofing materials.