The best type of roof is usually the one you like. Because there are so many options, any type of roof you like can be considered “the best.” You just have to pick the right builder and talk about what’s important to you. Every material — from metal and stone to asphalt and clay — can last a lifetime if you choose the right product and have it properly installed. Most people in the U.S. choose asphalt shingles because they’re easy to find, affordable, and versatile. The most durable types of roofing are slate and clay, but they’re more expensive.
Replacing an old roof is one of the best and most profitable ways to invest in a home. You want to find a roof that suits your home, climate, and budget. But, here are some of the best roofing materials on the market today.
Shingles can be made out of asphalt, fiberglass, or composite and are used in almost 90% of homes in the U.S. Not only are they affordable, but they’re also durable and easy to install. A shingle roof installation will typically cost about $8,000, can last up to 30 years, and can be recycled to make pavement. Manufacturers will mix fiberglass, asphalt, and various minerals to create a variety of colors (which will fade over time due to sun exposure).
The color and quality of the shingles will depend on whether you choose architectural or three-tab shingles. Architectural shingles are thicker and will create a durable, textured layer on your roof. But because the material is thicker, it will take longer to install. So, it will be more expensive. They can, however, last 15-30 years and are more resistant to weather.
Three-tab shingles are thinner and are made to look like three shingles. This allows them to be installed more quickly while creating a more uniform, brick-like pattern. They’re more susceptible to strong winds and will typically last 10-15 years.
#2: Metal Roofing
While they may seem like a modern choice, metal roofs have been around since the 1800’s. They have continued to be a popular option even to this day. Metals like aluminum and zinc are affordable, easy to transport, and beautiful (even as they age). They also don’t require a lot of maintenance, which is an advantage. Metal roofs can last up to 80 years and will cost between $6 and $14 per square foot (depending on the material).
You can find metal roofing materials in either shingles or sheets (also called panels) that are connected with a standing seam. You can also have them pre-treated with different sealants. While you can find them in a number of different colors, there are some styles that you can also paint.
#3: Wood Roofing
Wood roofing goes well with Cape Cod cottages, as well as with Craftsman and Tudor-style homes. Wood roofs can last up to 50 years in dry climates, but they need to be treated if they’re being installed in areas that are prone to fires. In wetter climates, wood roofs tend to deteriorate more quickly because of water damage. Cedar, redwood, and pine are commonly used for this type of roofing because they tend to repel insects. The average cost of installation is $5-$7 per square foot.
#4: Clay Tiles
Clay tiles are among the most popular in the world. They date back to the glazed earthenware rooftops that were built in China 5,000 years ago. Now, you can find them in a number of styles (including Spanish, French, and Scania). While they’re expensive to install and repair, clay tiles will last longer than all other types of roofing. Clay roofs are commonly used in placed like Southern California and Florida, because they’re perfect for hot climates, can withstand winds of up to 150 miles per hour, and have a great deal of fire resistance.
#5: Slate Roofing
Slate is one of the most durable types of roofing materials on the market and has a cost that’s similar to clay tiles. Slate roofing can last 50-200 years. Aside from being fireproof, resistant to strong winds, and being able to tolerate extreme temperatures, they can also withstand impacts from hail and small branches. You can choose from natural, quarried slate or synthetic alternatives (such as fiber cement slate or bituminous styles). Synthetic slate is more affordable and has most of the same benefits of natural slate.
If you’re looking for one of the best roofers in Corpus Christi, be sure to reach out to Bayfront Roofing.