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Choose the Best Roofing Material for Your Home

Asphalt Shingle Roof
When the time comes to replace the roof on your home consider changing the roofing material to something other than what is on the roof already. Determining what the best roofing material is for your home can be complicated. Homeowners have many roofing options available, and while most will do the job for any home, a few options might not efficiently fit in some situations. 

Asphalt Shingles

The most common roofing material used in the United States is asphalt shingles. These shingles offer a lot of benefits to the homeowner, and installing them is pretty straightforward.

An experienced contractor and crew can reroof an average size house in a few days to a week unless they run into problems with the structure under the roofing. For example, replacing rotted wood underlayment or supports can add time to the job, but is necessary. 

Asphalt shingles will last about 25 years on most homes and are the most economical to install. On average, a square of asphalt shingles will cost around $100.00, but that price may be slightly higher or lower depending on the brand and the weight of the shingles. Asphalt shingles are available in a lot of different colors and styles and are extremely durable. These shingles are a good option for any home. 

Wood Shakes

Wood shakes are better suited to some areas of the country, but they are durable enough to be used in any climate. Wood shakes look nice on your home, but they do require a little more maintenance than other materials.  With proper care, wood shakes can last 30 or 40 years on your home, but neglecting them can cause the wood shakes to split and rot. In time, this process will lead to leaks in the roof. 

Wood shakes are not all the same. These shakes can be made from different materials and in different thicknesses. In general, thicker shakes will last longer, but you need to keep moss and other organic matter off the roof. Homeowners should change any split shakes right away to prevent water from getting under them as well. If you don't mind the maintenance, a shake roof could be for you. 

Tile or Concrete Tiles

Clay or concrete tiles look nice on a roof, but homeowners should consider the benefits and drawbacks before deciding to use them. The tiles are heavy, so it takes a lot of work to get them on the roof. In addition, the roof may need more support than it currently has, so you may need a contractor to add more support to the structure.

Clay and concrete tiles can last 50 or more years, but they are expensive. A clay tile roof can cost as much as $500 a square in some areas. 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing for homes has become very popular in recent years. At one point, metal roofing was limited to commercial buildings, but the longevity and cost have made them a more appealing option. This type of roofing is available in many different colors and can be installed quickly by a qualified metal roofing contractor. 

Metal roofing is extremely durable in areas that experience harsh weather, and this roofing option is recyclable, which is a big plus for homeowners that want to go green. Metal roofing will outlast asphalt, shakes, and tiles with less maintenance, but this roofing is not for everyone. Homeowners should check this kind of roof regularly for loose fasteners of seams that are lifting to ensure that the roof will last for as many years as possible.

At B & F Roofing, we can help you select a roofing material that works best for your home. Give us a call today so we can discuss your project and give you an estimate for the job.