If you’re shopping for a new roof, you’ll learn that there are many different roof types to choose from. Each option has advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of different roofing materials so you can make the best choice for your home.

Lifespan Expectations for Different Types of Roofing Materials

The type of material you choose will help determine your new roof’s lifespan. A roof replacement is an investment in your home. When shopping for options, take a look at the approximate life expectancy of common types of roofing materials.

20 years: Asphalt 3-tab shingles
20-25 years: Wood shingles
30 to 50 years: Asphalt architectural shingles
40 to 80 years: Metal roofs
60 to 150 years: Clay tiles, slate, and concrete tile

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Asphalt, or 3-tab, shingles are great from an affordability standpoint. You can expect to pay somewhere between $1.50 to $5.50 per square foot. Architectural asphalt shingles will cost more. They range from $5-$8 per square foot. Asphalt shingles are simple to install because they can be placed right on top of the old shingle roof, but there are benefits to stripping the previous roof off.

Asphalt shingles don’t have the longest lifespan of all the roofing materials and they aren’t the best selection when it comes to withstanding the sun’s heat or high winds. However, as the most common roofing material, they are affordable and functional.

Wooden Roofing Materials

Wooden roofs will last 20 to 25 years. Their lifespan depends on the kind of wood used, installation methods, and your local environment. One of the benefits of a wood roof is the natural look. Wood shingles weigh less than options like slate or clay. At the same time, they offer quality moisture protection and overall strength. Wood shingles are created from biodegradable material and are more environmentally-friendly than asphalt shingles.

Wooden roofing materials cost more than standard shingles. Expect to pay anywhere from $4.50 and $9 per square foot when installing a wood roof. Look into local rules for wooden roofing because, in some areas, they require added fire protection. Talk to a qualified contractor if you have any questions about your city or town’s building regulations. Wooden shingles can crack, warp, and mildew if not well-cared for. They should be regularly treated with fungicides and sealer.

Metal Roofing Options

There are a wide variety of different metal roofing options, including aluminum, copper, and steel. Metal roofs have a long average lifespan, usually between 40 and 80 years. They are fire-resistant. A metal roof is durable, attractive, and can help increase the value of your home. Metal is a more expensive roofing option, ranging between $7 to $14 per square foot.

Tile as an Option for Roofing

Tile is attractive, strong, and fire-resistant. It will also resist insect infestations. Tile won’t rot and can last up to 150 years, sometimes outliving the structure of the home. Because tile is also insulating, you may notice your energy bills go down after installing a tile roof. Of all the different roof types, tile is the most energy-efficient option.

A tile roof is also expensive. Tile can crack or chip with impact, and it can be difficult to find perfectly matching replacement tiles. Also, the weight of some types of tile can strain your home’s structure. Talk to an expert to learn if your home needs to be reinforced before installing tile as a roofing material.

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