When installing a new roof on your home you can choose from many types of roofing materials. You can reroof with the same type of roofing material that you currently have or investigate alternatives. Some materials are environmentally friendly and some are long lasting or low maintenance.
Before making your choice, consider the lifecycle cost of your roofing material. Some materials, although initially more expensive, require less maintenance and have a longer life expectancy than others.
Here are some of the roofing choices available to you.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for roof coverings in America. The positive aspects of asphalt shingles include low installation and maintenance costs. Roofs made out of these shingles come in different grades. The better the grade, the longer the life expectancy, which can range from 15 to more than 30 years. The asphalt covering is actually a composite made up of either a fiberglass or rag mat with asphalt, which is covered with colored mineral granules. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles. Individual shingles may be replaced if damaged. An additional advantage of asphalt shingles is that in certain circumstances, they can be installed over an existing roof of asphalt shingles, eliminating the need to remove the old roof.
Asphalt shingle roofing advantages:
- Range from low-cost 3-tab shingle to architectural shingles with extra durability
- Many colors, types, and manufacturers
- Suitable for most residential applications
- Easy to repair
- Fire resistant
Metal roofing is fast becoming a preferred material across the country. New alloys and coatings make metal roofing panels more durable, with extended lifecycles that can exceed shingles or shakes. Innovations in metal roofing paint systems and coating technology have significantly enhanced the performance of metal roofs. Today’s metal roofs use a coated steel substrate which virtually eliminates worries about rust and corrosion, and resist fading, chalking, and cracking under even the toughest conditions. Plus metal roofs can be architecturally dramatic and colorful.
Metal roofing advantages:
Available in different looks including cedar shingles, slate, or standing seam
- Choice of many colors
- Light weight
- Long life span (at least 50 years)
- Low maintenance
- Can be installed over existing roofs
- Excellent performance in high wind, hail and rain
- Environmentally friendly
This material is extremely durable and graceful, coming in a variety of looks, while offering low maintenance costs. Typical colors are grey, black and red. Like tile, slate carries the onus of extra weight and this high-quality roofing material can be expensive. However a slate roof can last over 100 years with little or no maintenance.
Slate roof advantages:
- Beautiful, distinctive appearance
- Long life span
- Low maintenance
Wood Shingles & Shakes
Wood roofing, which comes in cedar, red wood and cypress, lasts longer but is more expensive than asphalt. It can last for up to thirty-five years. Many people enjoy it for the natural look it provides. Fire resistant shingles are pressure treated with preservatives are safest and last longest. With age, wood may become brittle or shrink, causing the roof covering to be compromised. Individual shingles may be replaced as needed.
Wood roofing advantages:
- Natural look weathering to a soft grey
- Offers some insulation value
- Blends in with the environment
- Easy to repair or replace
- Long lasting if maintained (30–50 years)
Choosing which type of roof is right for you will depend upon numerous factors, including your budget, taste and needs. Let A Plus Roofing help you choose the right roofing material that will deliver the best protection and value.
Get a Free Quote and be Entered to Win a Free Roof!
We Were Totally Pleased
A Plus Roofing recently replaced our roof, and we were very pleased with their professionalism, attention to detail, and the overall quality of the job they did. From the initial quoting process, during which Bill Kain explained how they would do things and the extra things A Plus Roofing would do to make the job look and go well, to the care of the actual workers in protecting everything around our house as they did their work, to the final cleanup of the job, we were totally pleased with our choice in contractors. I plan to use A Plus Roofing for other work on my house in the future (gutters done with roof, siding and window work in the plan), and I will heartily recommend them to all of my friends and neighbors without hesitation.
Very professional. Did exactly what they said they would do. No surprises.
The experience with A+ Roofing was excellent. I would recommend this company for their courteous, professional, and efficient service and expertise. We are most pleased with our new roof and the workmanship of the project. The roofing crew was amazing to watch....so hardworking and professional. Mr. Kain was in touch during the whole project and we knew were in good hands. Many thanks!
We Are Very Satisfied
This was our first roofing experience. We checked the company out online and asked the company for references from previous jobs. I talked to two previous customers (1 asphalt roof and 1 metal roof on residential homes) and both couldn't say enough good things about the company, their crews and the quality of their work. We are very satisfied and would definitely recommend them to others.
Would Definitely Recommend!
The team was professional and thorough. The house looks like a completely different house with the beautiful new roof! There was not a speck of debris left in our yard. After the roof was on and the materials were cleaned up, I was impressed to see the workers carefully going around our whole property using giant magnets to pick up any loose nails that may have fallen. We've had over a foot of snow and several heavy rains and have been very snug under our new roof. Would definitely recommend!