Picking a material for a new roof can be a challenge. Many factors can come into play. You need to select a type of roof that is durable, energy efficient, and well-suited for your climate. Knowing each variable to consider can help you decide on the best roofing material for your needs.
Color Affects Energy Efficiency
Color and energy efficiency are directly linked. Dark colored roofing materials absorb heat. In warm weather climates, this heat absorption can cause the attic to become heated. In the middle of the summer, a dark roof can force the home’s HVAC system to work much harder than necessary to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Light colors reflect light, which can help keep the shingles (and the attic) relatively cool. Many homeowners shy away from installing white shingles. However, light gray, light green, and beige are all popular shingle colors that can simplify indoor temperature regulation.
Each Roofing Material Has a Service Life
Some roofing materials last much longer than others. Knowing the approximate length of time that you can expect your roofing materials to last can help you determine whether or not the roofing material you’d like to purchase is a worthwhile investment.
Metal, slate, and clay tend to be the most durable materials if they are properly maintained. Here’s how long you can expect the material on your new roof to last:
- Clay tile: 50 years or more
- Composite shingles: 20 years
- Metal: 50 years or more
- Slate: 50 years or more
- Wood: 30 years
Good maintenance can help extend the life of your roof, so speak with your roofer to find out how you can help your roof last for longer.
Durable Materials Tend to Be More Expensive
Often a direct relationship exists between the cost of a roofing material and how long it lasts. Shingle roofing lasts only 20 years, but it’s an affordable option when compared to metal roofing. According to Home Advisor, one roofing square of asphalt shingles costs approximately $100, whereas a roofing square of a metal roof can cost as much as $375.
For homeowners with large budgets, long-lasting materials are attractive because they allow homeowners to go for long periods of time without roof repairs or replacement. For homeowners on a tight budget, roofing shingles are an acceptable option. Although asphalt shingles are not as durable as metal, slate, or clay tiles, asphalt shingles can still last for several years and are much more affordable.
Environment Impacts Functionality
Some types of roofs don’t perform well in certain environments. For example, shade and moisture can cause moss to grow on composite and wooden shingles. In these environments, metal roofs are preferable because they’re slippery and therefore easy to wipe clean when mold begins to grow.
As another example, UV rays and intense heat can cause shingles to deteriorate quickly in hot environments. Tile roofing is popular in these climates because tiles are resistant to heat and can help keep the home cool.
Weight Plays a Role
Some roofing materials are heavy. Slate and clay tiles are both heavy roofing materials. Homeowners who would like to use a heavy roofing material on their home must first check to be sure that the home can support the extra weight. If the home is not reinforced, you’ll need to have the home reinforced before the new roof can be installed.
Contact Your Roofing Contractor With More Questions
If you’re a homeowner who has questions about getting a new roof on your home, contact Newman Jerry Roofing & Remodeling. We’re happy to answer any of your questions about roof installation and roofing materials.