Advantages of Different Roofing Materials

May 2, 2019 by Bill Laut

Roof replacement is one of the best investments you can make for your home. When done correctly, a roof replacement can add significant value to your home, improving its energy efficiency, durability, weather protection and beauty. It can also make the home more comfortable for you and your family to live in.

Roof replacement is not a project that can be undertaken casually, however. To ensure the best results, you need to take the time to research different roofing materials and choose the option best suited to meet the demands of your local climate, to complement your home’s architectural design and to provide the weather protection you need. On top of that, you also need to make sure you’re choosing a skilled and experienced contractor that can guarantee a proper installation.

KLIM Roofing & Construction is one of the most trusted names in the roofing industry. We have in-depth experience installing a wide range of roofing materials, and we’re committed to educating homeowners on their best choices. In today’s post, we provide a guide to the leading residential roofing materials so you can better understand your options and make a more informed decision.

Residential Roofing Materials Affordability is the key benefit of asphalt shingles, but character is what makes a roofing material like rustic wood shakes appeal to homeowners. So, which option is best for you? Read on to find out.

1. Asphalt Shingles Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the U.S. thanks to their affordability. Not only are asphalt shingles a cost-effective roofing option; they also provide excellent protection. Available in a huge variety of colors and styles, it’s easy to find an option that will complement your home’s design and boost your curb appeal. Made of an organic or fiberglass base, asphalt shingles are coated with asphalt and then covered with colored mineral granules that help protect the shingles from the elements. Available in various thicknesses or grades, an asphalt shingle roof can generally last 25 to 30 years, depending on how well it’s maintained and local environmental conditions.

2. Metal Once thought of as a strictly industrial material, metal roofing has come a long way and is now a popular choice in the residential sector. Today, metal roofing is available in stone-coated steel roof shingles that look the same as asphalt shingles. A huge benefit of metal roofing is longevity, with a well installed, high-quality metal roofing system able to last as long as 50 years.

You can choose steel, aluminum or copper, all of which come in various profiles. Homeowners can opt to buy metal sheets, popularly known as standing seam metal roofing or metal roofing tiles. Either way, you’ll get a smooth texture and appearance in a roofing option that boasts lasting durability, excellent moisture, fire and weather resistance, unparalleled recyclability and maximum heat reflectance. What more could you possibly ask for? On top of that, metal roofs are easy to install and maintain.

3. Slate When it comes to durability, there’s no doubt that slate will always emerge as the clear winner, boasting a lifespan of 75 to 200 years–and often even longer. On top of this, slate offers distinct beauty and timeless elegance, making it the “Rolls-Royce” of roofing materials. Made from natural rock that comes in several shades, slate is quarried and is often quite heavy. Because of the weight of slate, your home may need an underlying roof structure constructed prior to installation that’s capable of supporting the weight of the slate tiles. While slate is fire and weather-resistant, it can be quite challenging to install, making it a much more costly choice than other roofing materials.

4. Tile One of the most durable, long-lasting and environmentally friendly roofing options available today, tile roofs are a great investment. Tile is made of either concrete or clay and can last as long as 100 years. Clay tile roofing is also highly cost-efficient–it boasts excellent insulating properties, allowing it to provide excellent energy efficiency. Clay and concrete roof tiles are also fire and weather-resistant and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

5. Wood Wood shingles and shakes have been a favored roofing material for centuries. While now diminishing in popularity, wood still has an avid following among homeowners who favor its natural, unique and rustic appeal. Many homeowners who desire to maintain the historic accuracy of their property often opt to replace their old wood roofs with new and advanced materials. With proper installation and treatment, wood roofing can offer excellent protection against the elements. The wood will need to be treated to boost its resistance against the moisture and insects. Wood roofing isn’t just an eco-friendly alternative, it also offers great insulation.

Commercial Roofing Choices Commercial properties have different needs when it comes to roofs–both in terms of durability and aesthetics–than residential properties. If you own a commercial property and are planning to invest in roof replacement, read on to learn about the different options available to you.

1. Single-Ply Single-ply roofing has been the go-to choice for commercial properties for decades and remains so today. If your building has a flat roof, this is likely to be your best choice. Single-ply roofing membranes are categorized into thermosets, which are made from synthetic rubber polymers and are designed to minimize seams in large roof areas, and thermoplastic membranes, which are best for smaller roof areas. The seams are welded together to create a continuous membrane. In both cases, they won’t easily break due to structural movement, and they are also resistant to UV rays from the sun.

2. Metal, Tile and Slate Do you have a smaller commercial property with a sloped roof? Then you can give metal, tile or slate roofing a shot and benefit from better fire and weather resistance, durability, energy efficiency and longevity.

3. Asphalt Composition You can always opt for the tried-and-tested affordability of asphalt roofing. It’s affordable to install and may be the perfect choice for the budget-conscious business owner.

4. Cedar Shake or Shingle Give your place of business a unique appeal with a cedar shake or shingle roof. Perhaps you’re running a quaint little bed and breakfast or a small-town souvenir shop with a rustic vibe. As long as your cedar shakes and shingles are installed and treated properly, your roofing system can last you and your business a very long time. Whatever roofing material you eventually end up choosing, always make sure that you hire a licensed and qualified roofer to handle the installation for you. Only by hiring someone with the right qualifications can you be ensured that your roof will deliver the long-term performance and beauty your property deserves.