The Top 3 Factors in Choosing the Right Roofing Material

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Roof installation is one of the scariest building or remodeling tasks a homeowner can face, with every decision — from the types of roofing materials used to the roofing contractors hired — contributing to how long the roof is likely to last before needing costly repairs. One of the major decisions to make is which of the many types of roofing shingles to use. There are several elements that should factor into this decision, and below are some sample comparisons using asphalt and tile, two of the most common choices.

  1. Cost

    Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for residential buildings in North America. This is no doubt partially due to their low cost; clay or concrete tile can cost twice as much as standard asphalt shingles. Labor costs may sometimes also be higher to lay a tile roof, since it takes a different technique that may be more time consuming. This factor also depends on how steep your home’s roof is.

  2. Lifespan

    A tile roof can last up to 50 years, making it a worthy investment. A shingled roof will typically last about 20 years. If you plan to stay in a home long term then, paying twice as much for tile may be worth the cost (tile roofs also result in higher home values, but buyers are unlikely to be willing to make an offer high enough for a 100% return on investment). Either way, it’s very important the new roof isn’t laid over the old one, as this leaves it far more vulnerable to damage.

  3. Aesthetics

    One of the major factors determining which of these types of roofing materials you’re likely to choose is the architectural style of your home. Tiles are often found paired with Spanish or other Mediterranean-styled architecture, though it’s a myth that tiles should only be used in warm climates. It’s true that tiles offer some additional advantages in hot, sunny places because they keep out the heat in the summer. But they also provide a good surface for snow to slide off and are very resistant to winter weather in general. Asphalt shingles are used on a wider range of styles and come in many colors to cater to your individual taste.

Did you know that gutters can be attached much more securely and attractively when gutter installation is combined with installing a new roof, regardless of the types of roofing materials used? Would that fact make you consider having your gutters re-done at the same time? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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