Have you ever wondered what the different types of roofing are? Keep reading to learn the six most popular types of roofing and which one is best for your home.
Just remember, whatever your choice of material, a new roof is an immensely important investment. Any signs of damage to your roof and you could be looking at costly leak mitigation in the very near future.
Roof shapes and designs
Due to the vast array of designs homes and buildings are, there are now many types of roofing to choose from. Different roof shapes sometimes support specific types of roofing materials than others, so considering the shape of your roof is also an important factor to consider.
Popular Types of Roofing
1. Metal Roofing
Metal roofing is another popular choice for roofing types. This type comes in vertical panels or shingles that resemble slate, tile, and shake, with the ability to last up from anywhere between 50-70 years. While metal roofing can come in a variety of colors, you can also paint some styles.
2. Slate Roofing
Slate roofing, another popular option, can last up to 100 years. This type of roofing resists mold and fungus, but is rather expensive and can easily break when stepped on.
Slate roofing can last more than 100 years. It won’t burn, is waterproof and resists mold and fungus. Slate is effective in wet climates but is expensive, heavy and may be easily broken when stepped on.
3. Clay and Concrete Tiles
Clay and concrete roofs can withstand damage from major weather conditions, including tornadoes, hurricanes, and high winds. Their durability is second to none, however, the cost of this type of roofing correlates to just that, making it more expensive than other roofing types. While expensive to install and repair, clay tiles last longer than almost all other types of roofing.
4. Eco-friendly living roofs
This type of roofing can help improve air quality, reduce water runoff, and insulate homes. Green roofs (or living roofs) cover your home with vegetation like grasses or native wildflowers that support pollinators. However, this type of roof requires extra support from your home as well as drainage systems, composts, and waterproofing, making it a very pricey investment. This type of roof can last between 30-50 years.
5. Solar Roof Tiles
Nowadays, solar roofing has become more and more popular, as this type also generates power. These roofs are great if your home gets a lot of sun, however, the initial investment can be rather pricey and we recommend you seek out a professional roofer that specializes in this type of roofing. The solar shingles used typically last 20-30 years.
6. Asphalt Shingles
Did you know that almost 90% of homes in the US are asphalt? This is mainly because they are affordable and durable! If installed correctly, using quality materials, this type of roof can last up to 30 years!
Learn more about Roof Advance’s many asphalt shingle options and see how they compare for your individual home. From Atlas Roofing to Owens Corning, we’re certified by the industry’s most reputable manufacturers.
Choosing the best roof for your home
The best type of roof for you depends on your climate, budget and house. If you are looking for an Ann Arbor roofing company and want to take the next steps to repair or replace your roof, give us a call, (734) 219-4897 or email us for a free estimate. We treat every home like it’s our own.