Choosing the Right Material for Your Roof

March 28, 2019 5:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The key to enjoying a long-lasting roof is finding the right material while staying within your budget for supplies and installation services. But there are so many options that you may not know where to start! Which material is going to work best on your roof? The first thing you should do is consider the pros and cons of several types of roofing materials. Also, talk with a local roofing contractor to see what they think is the best material for your house, or if you even need to replace your existing roof right now.

Do you think it’s time for roof replacement in Salt Lake City, UT? Here are some of the different types of roofing materials to choose from:

  • Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular types of roofing materials used on residential homes. This relatively inexpensive material can come standard or coated to meet Energy Star standards (you might earn a rebate). Three-tab asphalt shingles are thinner and less expensive than architectural or laminated asphalt options, but have a shorter lifespan of about 20 to 30 years.
  • Metal roofing: Metal roofs can work very well on homes with either flat or very steep rooflines. As far as roofing materials go, metal roofs are among the most popular option in many areas of the country, from the Rocky Mountain region to the Midwest. Additionally, low-end galvanized metal roofs can last up to 50 years, yet are relatively inexpensive to install.
  • Tile shingles: Tile shingles present a unique appearance that gives a shout-out to the Southwest states and colonial Spanish architecture. Although tile shingles are some of the priciest on the market to purchase and install, they make up for all that in lifespan and durability. While tile roofing can last beyond the 50-year mark, homeowners are cautioned that not all houses can structurally support the weight of the tile.
  • Slate shingles: There’s a good reason why slate roofs are extremely popular in the Northeastern portion of the United States: the type of slate used to make roofing shingles is quarried in that area. Slate is extremely durable, lasting up to 50 years if it avoids serious damage. With proper preventative maintenance, you will notice that structures like old farmhouses are still leak-free and have their original slate shingle roofing intact. On a budget, but really want slate? Consider a synthetic slate product which, even though it has a shorter lifespan, has a similar appearance to real slate shingles.
  • Wood roofing: Wood shingles are more expensive than asphalt roofing. However, wood is thought to be more aesthetically pleasing thanks to its natural appearance. Choose a hardwood roofing material like redwood or cedar for at least 30 to 50 good years.

Roof replacement in Salt Lake City, UT is one of those home improvements that will likely have to be done at least once in your lifetime. Be sure to call Stubbs Roofing, Inc. when the time comes. We’ve been in business for nearly two decades and look forward to assisting you!

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