Your roof is your first line of defense against harsh elements such as strong UV rays and cold weather. Properly installed roofing will save you money, protect your family, and prevent any leaks for many years.
The right roofing material for your home will depend on several factors such as the climate in your area, your budget and how long you expect your roof to last.
Here are some of the most sought-after roofing materials today.
Asphalt roofs are the most common roofing material used in American homes. Why? Asphalt shingles are a cost-effective roofing material that still offers durability and long life. Asphalt shingles are $3.50-$7.20/square foot and last for about 30 years.
Wood shingles can be beautiful but come at a high price: $6.50 to $14.50 per square feet. They can be made of cedar, redwood or cypress, and have a warm, homey appearance that homeowners love. They are not as fire-resistant as other roofing materials, and might be prohibited in high-risk areas.
Metal roofing is gaining popularity due to its durability and energy efficiency. Metal shingles can be as expensive as $7.50 to $16.50 per square feet, but the upfront cost is often offset by the fact that they last twice as long and require less maintenance than asphalt shingles.
Clay roof tiles, which are similar to concrete, are more common in areas that are prone to UV rays like the Southwest or desert. Clay tiles increase curb appeal, reflect sunlight and keep the house cool. They last approximately 50 years and cost between $10-$24 per square feet.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.