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Roofing Materials FAQ


If you’re thinking about getting a new roof, you may have noticed that there are a lot of roofing materials from which you can choose. And you probably have a lot of questions about which one is best for your roof. We have come across the same questions about roofing materials for residential and commercial properties in the years that we have been in business. But if your question isn’t in the list we have provided, be sure to get in touch with us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Which type of roofing material lasts the longest?

Your roof’s lifespan will depend on a number of factors, but the type of material you choose will play a major role in how long it will last. That’s why you need to take it into careful consideration. Here are some of the common types of roofing materials and their lifespans:

  • Wood shakes and shingles: 15 -20 years.
  • Asphalt shingles: 10-30 years.
  • Steel and other metals: 50+ years.
  • Slate: 50+ years.
  • Tile and concrete: 50+ years.
  • Foam: 25+ years.
  • Built-up roofing: 25-30 years.
  • Single-ply roofing: 30+ years.

The average lifespan of your roof will be about 20 years. But if it’s properly maintained, it can last even longer.

Is weight an issue when choosing roofing materials?

As you research different types of roofing materials, you’ll notice that they can vary in weight — from very heavy to very light. And if you’re wondering if weight makes a difference, the simple answer is “yes.” Some roofing materials are heavy because of what’s needed to secure them to the rest of the system. Also, many roofing materials don’t have any interlocking features and only a few fasteners that can secure them to your home. They need to be heavy, or they won’t stay in place during strong winds. Other materials with interlocking features that secure them to the roof deck can be more resistant to strong winds while being low in weight.

Which roofing materials can get the job done for the lowest cost?

Some roofing materials are more expensive to buy and keep up, while others can be installed at a lower price. Most homeowners with a tight budget will want to choose the least expensive option, so they can get a new roof at a lower cost. But while you’re showing concern about price, it’s easy to forget how the quality of the roof can impact your budget. While roofing materials with a higher price tag can take a chunk out of your savings, the consequences of choosing low-quality products can result in higher maintenance costs.

Here are some roofing materials that will get the job done at a lower cost:

  • Asphalt Shingles — Out of all the roofing materials on the market, asphalt shingles are the most affordable. That’s why they’re among the most popular among homeowners.
  • Metal Roofing — Metal roofs are popular among homeowners because of their appearance, durability, and low maintenance. And while they can cost more to install, they’re not necessarily expensive. In fact, metal roofs can be cheaper to install than asphalt shingles.
  • Wood — Wood shingles and shakes are similar in many aspects, but there’s a difference in their appearance. Wood shingles have a crisp and clean appearance because they have been mechanically sawed, and they have a rustic look that can be appealing to some homeowners. This type of roofing has decrease in popularity because of its increased risk for fire damage, but newer wood shingles and shakes are being treated with fire retardants so they can be safer.

Be sure to speak to a roofing professional for more information.

What factors should I consider when I’m choosing roofing materials?

As your thinking about the types of roofing materials, you should consider the following:

  • The climate in which you live.
  • Your budget.
  • Its aesthetic value.
  • The warranties being offered.
  • Its level of durability.

Be sure to speak to a roofing professional to find a choice that will meet your specific needs.

Will the type of roofing material I choose have an effect on my property value?

Using roofing materials that are more stylish, affordable, and environmentally friendly will raise the value of your home. So, you want to make a choice that will add these elements.

Are all contractors qualified to install any type of roofing material?

In theory, every contractor should be qualified to install any type of roofing material. But in reality, it’s the exact opposite. That’s why you need to make sure that the contractor has the experience to install the type of roofing you want to install. And if you’re looking for one of the best roofers in Corpus Christi, Bayfront Roofing is here to help you. We have a team of people who can take care of all your roofing needs. So if you’re looking for an experienced roofer in the Coastal Bend, get in touch with us today!


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