Pros and Cons of the Different Roofing Materials

Roofs are vital to your home and your household’s safety. Still, despite how important they are, there is no one roofing material that is considered the best. There are a variety of materials that are used on roof installations every day. We’ll explain the pros and cons of each, so you can get a better idea of why there is such a variety.

Asphalt

This is the most commonly used material to build roofs in the U.S. A big reason that this is the case is due to having a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles. Additionally, it’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum.

However, it is important to recognize that we don’t have the most accurate idea of how long asphalt roofing truly lasts since it is a newer roofing material.

Metal

Metal materials have been used for roofing for years. Today’s metal roofs can be extremely light and available in a variety of patterns. However, they aren’t indestructible, you’ll still have issues of leaks as you would with other materials.

Wood

Wooden roofs are extremely durable, particularly cuts of cedar. Despite being a natural material, they can hold up against hail and wind rather well. However, water and wood don’t always mix. You’ll have to be careful about prolonged storms and water damage.

Slate

Slate can last for decades and is one of the most long-lasting roofing materials. This is why it was used for years on historic buildings. However, there is a reason we have seen it phased out over the years. This is due to the high density of the material. The weight requires a lot of architectural support and they need to be handled with care.

Roofing materials have their pros and cons. Luckily our pros can walk you through the right choice for you and your home. Give us a call at (281) 853-8634 or fill out an online contact form if you need roofing installation or repairs!


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