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Choosing A Roofing Material

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Choosing a roofing material for your new home can be stressful because there are so many options, and so many different opinions, but essentially it comes down to your desired aesthetic, price range, and climate. Here are a few of the most popular roofing options, along with their pros and cons:

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt is the most commonly found roofing material in most of the world. Asphalt can be found in any color you could possibly want, is extremely easy to install, and is therefore cheap to install. Asphalt shingles come with the option of an algae free coating if you live in a moist climate, otherwise the dye in these shingles will produce ugly stains. 

Asphalt is not eco-friendly, although some of it can be recycled. Asphalt is fire resistant, and wind resistant. 


Metal roofing can be made with aluminum, steel, copper, or zinc. Most metal roofing also comes with a coating of paint to cover the abnormal coloring left with a mixture of metals. Metal is a phenomenal choice for those that live in an extremely hot environment, because metal reflects heat instead of absorbing it. Metal is fire and wind resistant. 

Metal is a less frequently used roofing material, so it will be more difficult to find a company to install your metal roofing.

Clay Tiles

One of the most significant benefits of clay tile is the aesthetic. Clay is beautiful and natural, although it is not as eco-friendly as one would think because of the amount of energy required to create them in a kiln. Clay tiles are also very long lasting, although they do have the tendency to chip if hit hard enough with something. 

On the other hand, clay tiles are very expensive to purchase and to install. 

Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles are made of a mixture of cement and sand and is therefore one of the most eco-friendly roofing options. Concrete is very unique because you can either get tiles that are colored throughout, or only on the surface. Concrete is used for those that wish to have a traditional aesthetic, with a roofing coloration that blends in to the walls of your home.

One downside to concrete tiles are the fact that they are extremely heavy, so you must have a sturdy house that is able to hold the required weight. Concrete can be mildly expensive depending upon the contractor you find for the installation.

Make sure to speak to a roofing contractor like Vanderleek Roofing about your options to find the best roof solution for you.