3 Popular Roofing Materials For Most Homes

Posted on: 12 March 2018

While most neighborhoods are filled with homes with asphalt-shingle roofs, there are many roofing materials from which to choose. Some of them like slate, however, are too heavy or delicate for many roofs, but there are many others that are perfect for nearly any type of roof, regardless of structural support or slope. Check out these popular roofing materials for most homes.


Perhaps the reason asphalt-shingle roofs are so common is the cost. Asphalt shingles are the cheapest roofing material, costing $1.22 per square foot. Asphalt isn't prone to damage when walked on, and it requires little maintenance. In wet or humid climates, you may need to worry about moss growing on the roof. An asphalt roof lasts about 20 years, but once it's time for a new roof, you may not need to totally replace the roof. You can get an overlay. With an overlay, the roofer simply puts new shingles over the old, so there is little mess. This extends the life of the roof, but you can only get so many overlays before the roof must be replaced.


Wood shingles are also incredibly affordable, costing about $4 to $7 per square foot. Wood requires more maintenance than asphalt shingles. You need to keep them clean, and they can also grow moss in wet or humid climates. However, you'll also need to ensure your roof is well-protected with stain, seal or paint to protect from decay due to water or insects. While wood shingles work on most roofs, the steeper the slope, the less often you'll need to worry about decay because the water slides off easily. With proper care, a wood roof lasts a little longer than an asphalt roof at about 20 to 30 years.


Metal is comparable in cost to wood at $3 to $7.50 per square foot. Metal roofs require the least amount of maintenance because they aren't prone to decay or moss. You simply need to remove debris that gathers on the roof. You may need to occasionally repaint the roof if scratches appear. Metal roofs last about 20 to 40 years. As an added benefit, if you currently have asphalt shingles, but want the benefits of a metal roof, your roofing contractor may be able to place the metal roof directly over the old shingles, cutting cost, waste and time.

With so many different types of roofing materials, it can seem difficult to choose the right one for your roof. These three options are perfect for most average homes, and they are affordable. If you would like more information, contact a roofer in your area today.