When choosing a new or replacing the roof of your home, one of the most important factors is to consider the cost, durability, longevity, sustainability, and efficiency of the materials that you choose. All of these elements go in together.
For instance, the durability of your roof is crucial – how well it holds to harsh weather conditions of say, McKinney, and Frisco in Texas – is ultimately going to affect how long it will last.
The other thing is the energy efficiency of the roofing material which adds running costs – for instance, if you go with a cheaper roofing material that isn’t energy-efficient, it’ll add to your electric bills in the summer.
While the material of the roof is extremely important, the correct installation will literally decide how long your roof will last.
Although DIY is fun and can save you costs, do not attempt to install roofing materials on your own unless you are a trained professional.
With that said, it is also in your best interest to consult with a residential roofing contractor before you purchase the material for your roof.
There are many factors to consider, such as the style of your home, the slop of your roof, and what roofing material is best for your city’s climate.
Here are four roofing materials ranked by cost and durability. Each has its unique advantages, so read carefully and then decide which on to go after.
Asphalt shingles typically last about 15-30 years. They are pretty popular with homeowners simply because of their cost-effectiveness.
But when it comes to durability, never go for the cheapest asphalt shingles because they may not have a good hail rating. Check specifically for the hail rating of the material you are getting because it translates to resistance and overall durability the roofing material has.
Roofing material manufacturers are legally required in Texas to report the hail rating of the material. If you don’t see it, then it isn’t worth purchasing. Because asphalt shingles are widely available and common, their quality also ranges drastically.
Wood and metal both offer good durability. For instance, both of these materials will last about 30-50 years before you will need to replace them.
Wood shingles are usually made with wood that is fire-resistant. While this material lasts longer than asphalt shingles, they are not as durable because they are not fireproof.
At the same time, wood is prone to cracking so you need to make sure you are getting a material with a good hail rating.
As far as metal is considered, most metal roofing materials are made with copper, zinc, steel, aluminum, or alloy. They are more expensive than asphalt and wood roofing materials but they also offer significantly more durability.
Metal roofs are especially good in areas that experience hailstorms because they are impact resistant. Also, they do not require as much maintenance as other roofing materials.
Metal roofing is also very energy efficient because they are a natural insulator. This will keep your home cooler during the warm season and warm during the cold season.
Roofs made with slate can last between 75-150 years. It is one of the oldest roofing materials available as well as one of the most expensive. When it comes to durability, slate easily stands apart from the rest.
It is fireproof and virtually invincible to any kind of weather. However, the installation requires a lot of expertise, meaning that you should only consider letting the best roofing contractors handle its installation.
Slate tiles can easily crack under the weight of an average person, so caution is advised. Slate is an extremely expensive roofing material but will last you a lifetime especially if it is correctly installed.
With so many choices and factors to consider, it is quite difficult to settle for a single material. If you’re not sure which roofing material works best for your home type, and your city, get in touch with SR1 Roofing today.
SR1 Roofing is a premium roofing contractor based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company has been providing residential and commercial roof repair services for over 20 years.
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Trevor is an ex-firefighter / paramedic for the city of Keller for eight years and also has a 10- year background in the construction and restoration industry.
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