Roofing Guide: Four Great Residential Roof Options for Your Home

Replacing your roof is a substantial investment, and you want your roof to remain leak-free, so you’ve been researching your residential roof options. Which among your residential roof options might be the best for your home?

Here are four great residential roof options for you to consider:

ShingleComposite shingles

Cost: $
How long do they last? 15-30 years
Advantages: Composite shingles have low installation and maintenance costs and come in a variety of colors and styles. Individual shingles can be replaced if they become damaged.
Disadvantages: They typically only last about 20 years and require periodic cleaning to remove leaves and debris.
The skinny: These are one of the most common and popular residential roof options across the U.S. and all roofers know how to install them. Some types are suitable for hail regions and offer wind warranties up to 130 mph.


Wood shingles and shakes

Cost: $$
How long do they last? 30 years
Advantages: Fire-resistant and pressure treated, wood shingles and shakes provide a natural look.

Disadvantages: May shrink or become brittle with age, compromising roof cover. In wet climates, they must be cleaned to remove moss and lichen. Wood may be prohibited by some building codes.
The skinny: These perform well in dry climates and where hail is severe using thicker shakes (thinner products may become damaged). They cannot be installed over solid sheathing, but instead require spaced boards so that they dry properly.

MetalMetal panels and tiles

Cost: $$
How long do they last? 30-50 years
Advantages: Available in a wide range of shapes, styles, and colors, metal can be made to resemble tile, asphalt, or slate. Metal is low maintenance, long-lasting, fire-resistant, and installs quickly.
Disadvantages: Metal has a higher initial investment than composite shingles and may trap leaves, which requires cleaning.
The skinny: The fastest growing residential roofing material, some styles have extensive warranties and are strong enough to resist wind and heavy hail. Some styles have coatings that reduce cooling demand and qualify for federal energy efficiency tax credits up to $500.


TileClay or concrete tiles

Cost: $$
How long do they last? 50+ years
Advantages: Long-lasting and low maintenance, this aesthetically pleasing option comes in mission, rounded, and flat styles.
Disadvantages: Tile is heavy and roof structure must be able to support its weight. Replacement costs may be high, and unless glazed it is a moss-magnet in damp climates.
The skinny: Popular in Florida’s Spanish-style homes, tile will not burn but may become damaged by hail. Some offer lifetime warranties.

Need help selecting the best residential roof options for your home? Contact the roofing professionals at A-1 Property Services, Inc. A-1 proudly serves the Tri-County area.

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