Today’s Most Popular Roofing Materials

July 2, 2021 3:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you in the market for a new roof? If so, you’re going to have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to which material you’ll use. While asphalt shingles remain far and away the most popular choice, there are plenty of other alternatives that might also meet your needs.

So, what are the best roofing materials for your purposes? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular roofing materials on the market so you can learn a bit more about them:

  • Asphalt shingles: Since we already mentioned asphalt shingles, let’s start with them. Still the most popular material, they maintain such widespread use because of their easy installation and economical production. They feature a woven fiberglass base mat and a waterproof asphalt coating, with ceramic granules designed to protect the material from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You can find them in a wide range of colors to complement your exterior design, and most will last you at least a couple decades.
  • Slate: Slate is dense and very durable, capable of holding up to many years of use with little to no maintenance. It comes in a wide range of colors and is waterproof, non-combustible and has a great natural look. It does, however, involve greater labor costs and is difficult to install.
  • Wood: Wood shingles and shakes remain popular in many parts of the country, but they’re not quite as practical because of the greater amount of maintenance required and the higher expense. Still, they provide a crisp look with a natural, rustic appearance. On a very traditional style of architecture, they can be quite attractive.
  • Clay and concrete tiles: Tile roofs are highly durable and can last for decades (and even centuries when well maintained). They can be made out of either clay or concrete, with the latter being more likely to hold its color. You need to make sure your building is capable of withstanding the weight of a tile roof (get an engineer to investigate), but it provides an attractive, unique appearance for certain types of buildings and is highly durable (though quite expensive).
  • Metal: Metal has seen a significant increase in popularity over the last couple decades as more styles have become available. These days you can find metal roofing in a wide range of colors, finishes and designs to provide just about any kind of look you might want. Metal is energy efficient and great at protecting a structure from the elements while avoiding potential moisture and rot. It’s also great for reflecting heat and sunlight. The downside is that some metal roofs can be loud during rainstorms.
  • Composite shingles: These types of shingles can give you the look of tile, slate or wood shake at a fraction of the cost and without the same maintenance requirements. You may be able to find warranties of up to 50 years for these types of shingles!

For more information about the best roofing materials for certain types of houses, we encourage you to contact us today at Dallas Cherry Roofing.

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