It’s easy to know that you need a new roof. Maybe you’re having a house built completely new construction, or maybe you have an old roof that needs to be replaced. The more complicated question is what kind of roof you want to have installed. There are so many options on today’s roofing market, and each offers their own advantages and disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of different types of roofing.
Pros: The biggest advantage of asphalt shingles is that they’re affordable. These are the most affordable roofs on the market. They’re also among the most common, so if you want your house to blend in with the neighborhood, asphalt shingles are perfect. They’re easy to install, as well.
Cons: Asphalt shingles are the most affordable option because they tend to have the shortest lifespan. They do the least to block heat, and they very easily chip, crack, or curl. They can also be vulnerable to mold or mildew if they’re not maintained well. Ultimately, you may be paying more longterm to keep or replace this roof than you would for other roofs, which lessens the affordability.
Pros: You’ve probably seen red clay tile roofs on traditional Spanish style homes, paired with white stucco walls and dark wooden doors. Clay tile roofs are not only stylish, but they retain less heat than other styles, which makes them a great option for Florida homes. They’re low maintenance and durable, so they’ll require little work from you. They resist rot, burn, and bugs. The curve of the tiles makes for great ventilation opportunities.
Cons: However, this is an expensive option that might not fit into everyone’s budget. It’s heavy, so your home’s structure would need to be sturdy and able to carry large weights. They’re also a tricky combination of difficult to install and easily breakable, both over the course of the installation and in the midst of storms.
Pros: Looking for a low maintenance, durable, and fire resistant option? Concrete tile roofs can offer that, while taking on the look of some of your favorite other roofing styles such as shingles, clay tile, or wood shakes. It sustains strong winds better than other roofing materials, as well.
Cons: Concrete tile is an expensive roofing material, and it’s heavy, which makes for difficult installation. It also absorbs more water than clay tile and metal roofing.
Laminated Fiberglass Shingles
Pros: Laminated fiberglass looks similar to asphalt shingles, so you can enjoy that classic look, but it’s more durable than asphalt. It comes in a wide variety of colors, requires little maintenance, and it has a Class A Fire Protection, making it fire resistant. Best of all, it’s an affordable option for someone on a budget.
Cons: Laminated fiberglass shingles are not made to resist heat in the same way that metal roofs or clay tile roofs are, so they’re not the most energy efficient option. While they are more durable than asphalt shingles, they’re still less durable than clay or metal, and you do have to watch out for damaged shingles.
Pros: Metal roofing is becoming increasingly more popular for residential properties. It’s available in the form of shakes or vertical panels. It comes in any number of vibrant colors, resists fire as well as rot and impact, and it requires almost no maintenance. It resists heat, too, making it one of the most energy efficient options. Unlike clay tile, however, metal roofs are lightweight and easy to install.
Cons: The upfront price is about 50% more than some other types of roofs, so without financing, it’s not a great budget option, though it’s likely to save you money in the long run. Noise can also be an issue, and it’s the sort of roofing style that primarily works for modern home styles rather than traditional.
Ultimately, it comes down to your personal needs and to the right roofing contractor. Contact Montgomery Winslow today for more information or for a free estimate on your next roof.