Roofing Material 101

    There are 4 main types of roofing materials and they are as follows:


    Asphalt Shingles⇒

    Over 75% of American roofs have asphalt shingles due to the low cost, ease of installation, and the resiliency of the shingle.  However, asphalt shingles have a very low lifespan and don’t do the best job in helping to insulate your home.  Also, asphalt shingles are not environmentally friendly because they are not made from recyclable materials due to the layer of fiber glass on them.  Asphalt shingles come in various colors and longevity values and will be the least expensive option available but they also have the worst environmental track record. 

    Life Span: 10-30 Years

    Cost: The cost of Asphalt Shingles ranges anywhere from $50 to $175 per square foot.


    Clay Tiles 

    Clay tiles can be very heavy and will require additional roof framing. However they are non-combustible and very durable and they reflect well over 50% of the sun’s solar energy.   

    Life Span: 50+ Years

    Cost: The cost of Clay Tiles ranges anywhere from $300 to $600 per square foot.


    Slate Tiles 

    Slate is a roofing style that is not recommended for high heat climates.  However, it will last for years and years.  It is much easier to repair and recycle and it is non-leaching.  Slate is a beautiful option for any home because of its distinctive appearance. 

    Life Span: 50-100 Years

    Cost: The cost of Slate Tiles ranges anywhere from $550 to $1,000 per square foot.


    Metal Roofs 

    Choosing metal (steel, aluminum, tile and copper) for your roof is a good decision.  It is more environmentally friendly than asphalt and will typically last a little longer as well as being very light.  It will stand up against most severe weather conditions along with offering a higher solar reflectance. 

    Life Span: 50 Years

    Cost: The cost of A Metal Roof ranges anywhere from $100 to $600 per square foot.



    Remember, when choosing the best roofing material for your new home you have to consider your budget, your design, and most importantly how it will protect your family from weather conditions and protect the environment from the type of material and process from which it was made.  Ask your General Contractor what he would suggest based on your design, budget, and the climate where you are building.  Just remember that a little extra money today will save you from a nightmare tomorrow!



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