Whether you are replacing old, tired roofing or starting to design your dream new-build home, choosing the right roofing material can seem like a tricky choice. Who even knew there were that many choices?! With everything from metal to tile to concrete available, what material is best for what roof?
In this article, we are going to explain what you need to look for in a roof as well as which materials are suited for different styles and needs. So, if you’re looking to build or replace a roof soon, read on to find out all our tips on choosing the right type of roofing material.
When to Replace Roofing
There are a lot of factors when trying to estimate the amount of time a roof should last. We spoke to a Pittsburgh roofing contractor who told us that the general rule of thumb for all material types is 20-25 years. “However,” he said, “there are many variables in play. For example weather; a roof that has been exposed to nothing but sunshine and light rain for years would last considerably longer than one constantly exposed to ice and snow.” Materials also vary slightly, but it’s a good idea to replace every 20-25 years anyway, to pre-empt any possible issues coming.
Appearance is a factor when it comes to choosing the roof. Of course, this is not in any way about the practicality of different materials, but instead all about what you wish to see every day. If you prefer tile, choose tile! Often, the design of the house rather dictates what the roof should be. But, you can always choose differently if you wish.
Generally speaking, more durable materials are more expensive. This isn’t an issue, though, as buying cheap roofing could lead to replacements being needed every 5-7 years, meaning you’ll end up spending more in the long run. Choose durable materials over inexpensive ones like composite roofing. You will add security and value to your home by doing so.
Pitch or Slope
The pitch or slope of the roof also dictates which materials are best to use. A higher-pitched roof will require different material to a low pitch or flat roof. In the case of high pitches, you’ll need to go for a tile, shingle, or slate overlapped to create a roof sealed against the elements. If your pitch is low or your roof is entirely flat, you’ll want a solid, seamless material such as concrete or tar and gravel. A tiled roof on a low pitch would cause water to pool and eventually leak through the roof.
Price of Roofing
Finally, of course, different materials cost different amounts. But the size, shape, and complexity of your roof can also add or reduce costs. Materials are charged by the square foot, the more complicated the job the more you will have to pay in labor charges. Generally speaking, the more expensive materials require more skilled laborers, leading to higher overall costs.
With these things in mind, you should be able to have a pretty clear picture in your mind about which kind of material you want for your home roof. Whatever you choose, make sure it suits the home and your tastes.