A roof does more than just complete the aesthetic appeal of your home. Choosing the best material with your roofing contractor should include its durability, cost, energy efficiency and sustainability.
To get an insight on what would be the most appropriate material for your home and budget, read through John Peters Roofing’s short guide before you call your roofers.
1. Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt is undeniably the most popular material in the market. More than half of America’s homeowners prefer asphalt shingles because of its affordability and value for money. This material lasts for up to 25 years, but make sure to choose one with a decent hail rating.
2. Wooden Shingles and Shakes
This type of shingle material typically lasts between 30 and 50 years and is made of fire-resistant wood, such as cedar or redwood. Although they last longer than asphalt roofing, they are less durable and are not fireproof. As with asphalt, check out the hail rating as wood is prone to cracking.
3. Metal Shingles
Similar to wooden shingles and shakes, metal will also last between 30 and 50 years. Metal shingles are usually made of steel, copper, zinc alloy or aluminum. They are more durable than asphalt and wood so expect them to be somewhat costlier, though the cost is offset by their low maintenance requirements and longevity.
4. Plastic Polymer
Plastic polymer shingles will last for more than 50 years, which is a testament to their durability. They might look like slate or wood on the outside but require little maintenance. They have high hail scores and endure extreme weather well. The drawback to plastic polymer would be the fact that they’re made of plastic, making it the least sustainable on this list. Luckily, some roofing manufacturers use recycled materials.
Slate is one of the oldest types of roofing materials and can last for up to a century. Since it is the most durable, it is also the most expensive. It is an investment worth considering since it’s nearly impervious to fire and any type of weather. Slate is also highly sustainable material as there’s no waste involved when replacing it, unlike ones that need replacing every 30-50 years.
Each material has its own pros and cons so getting an expert’s advice can definitely help you sort your roofing problem. Call John Peters Roofing today at (317) 786-3315 to get a free consultation and estimate. We serve Indianapolis and nearby areas.