What to Consider When Choosing a Roofing Material

Roofing is a very important aspect of your home. It protects your home and can add to the aesthetic of your home. However, some people choose roofing based only on looks, which can cause problems later down the road. Here’s what to consider when choosing a roofing material:

1. Architectural Authenticity

If you have a traditional style home, you should keep that style in mind as you choose a roofing material. For example, many traditional homes use cedar shakes, slate, or masonry tiles. This helps your home feel cohesive and is a popular curb appeal idea.

It is important to note that some roofing materials can be made to look like traditional materials. So if you’d like a different material but need or want to stick to a traditional aesthetic, it’s possible to do so.

However, if your neighborhood is a little more eclectic, you might feel a little less tied down to sticking to a conventional style. If that’s the case, there are many popular types of roofing to choose from. An expert can talk you through a few choices and help you make the right decision that works for you and your home.

2. Cost

Your budget often sets the tone for the whole project at the very start. You need to decide what you are willing to spend and go from there. This can eliminate some materials that are out of budget, making it easier to make decisions.

One of the benefits of asphalt roofing shingles is that they tend to be at the lower end of the cost spectrum. Copper tends to be the most expensive with clay, slate, wood, and metal roofing falling in the middle of cost ranges.

Keep in mind it might not necessarily be the materials that are expensive. Labor can be expensive because materials are fragile or installation is tedious.

3. Maintenance Level

There are roof maintenance tips and care that apply to every type of roof, but some roofing materials require more maintenance than others. Wood shakes often require intense maintenance while asphalt and metal materials tend to be lower maintenance in comparison.

Every roof requires maintenance to perform well and to last. You just need to decide how much you’re willing to put into a certain material.

4. Weather

Weather is another important factor when it comes to choosing a roofing material. Certain materials tend to perform better in certain weather. If your current roof has some damage from weather, this might be a sign your roof needs to be replaced.

If you live in a wetter climate, slate is a good choice as it is naturally resistant to mildew. Paired with a waterproof backing, it can be a great choice for your home. Clay and ceramic are great picks if you live in hotter climates as these materials tend to absorb less heat than others, helping your home stay cool.

If you live in an area with a lot of snow or rain, metal roofing is a good option. Metal roofing helps large amounts of snow slide off your roof more easily, keeping weight off of your home. It also can withstand high winds.

5. Energy Efficiency

Certain materials are more energy efficient than others. If this is important to you, it’s something to keep in mind when choosing a roofing material. Checking your roof, replacing it when needed, and opting for a more energy-efficient material are all tips to make your home more energy-efficient.

If your roof traps heat, your home will be harder to keep cool. Asphalt and metals can help reflect the heat, keeping your home cooler. The right material paired with proper roof ventilation can help keep cooling costs down, saving you money in the long run.

6. Roof Slope

Roof slope is a very important factor to keep in mind when choosing a roofing material. The slope determines how water drains from your roof and certain materials are better suited for different slopes. Water that doesn’t drain properly from a roof slope is a common cause of roof leaks. Make sure that your roof properly drains to avoid future damage.

Replace Your Roof With Zephyr Thomas

There are a few benefits to a new roof, including increased home value, better energy efficiency, and more, and the right roofing material makes a big difference. Keeping these factors in mind is important to consider when choosing a roofing material. If you’re considering replacing your roof, contact Zephyr Thomas at 717-399-4708 to start a free quote!

Take a look at the video below to see the Zephyr Thomas team completing an exterior remodel, including roofing, siding, windows, and more, on this home!