It is difficult to understate the importance of your home’s roof. It is what protects your home, your family, and your possessions from the elements. Choosing a material for a new roof involves balancing durability, aesthetics, and price. Here are some popular options.
- Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are among the most affordable options, which probably accounts for their popularity. They are versatile and come in a variety of colors. Once they have outlived their usefulness, they can be recycled, but it may be 30 years before this becomes a consideration. It is a good idea to have a GAF certified installer Idaho put asphalt shingles on your roof, although some homeowners prefer to handle the installation or replacement themselves.
- Clay Tiles
Resistant to fire and wind, clay tiles are among the longest-lasting roofing material available. They work especially well for hot climates. Dating back to ancient China, clay tiles have been used in roofing for thousands of years. They represent a significant upfront investment but may last up to 100 years.
- Wood Shakes
A shake is sort of a wedge-shaped shingle that produces a more rugged, natural look. This is a classic material that works especially well for certain styles of homes, including Tudor, Craftsman, and Cape Cod. However, wood shakes or shingles need treatment with chemical preservatives and fire retardants to protect against damage from water and flame. Even then, a wood roof may not last as long in a wet climate, though in dry areas it can last up to 50 years.
- Metal Roofs
Metal is an extremely durable roofing material. It costs less than clay tiles and lasts almost as long. Not everyone likes the look of standing seam metal roof panels, but metal shingles that more closely resemble traditional roofs are also available.
There are also some options that are more green, literally and figuratively, such as living roofs that grow vegetation and shingles that double as solar panels.