4 Top Choices for Residential Roofing

You have many options with residential roofing today. If you don’t enjoy the look of your current roof you can have it removed and replaced. You may want a more esthetic appeal or you want materials to last 30 or more years.

If your roof has reached the end of its usefulness you may need to replace it. Paying to put a new roof on your house is not a bill most homeowners want. When push comes to shove and you must get a new roof you’ll have a variety of roofing materials to choose. The materials you buy depend on the urgency to replace your roof.

  1. Asphalt Composite Shingles. Asphalt shingles the most popular choice for residential roofing. They’re made from a fiberglass base and are very good for home roofs. They last between 20-30 years and come with a warranty. These are also easy to replace and every roofing company knows how to install them.
  2. Standing Seem Metal Roofing. Metal roofing is popular in places with lots of snowfall. They’re also fireproof making this material perfect for areas prone to fires. The steel roofing has panels that come together in raised seams. And because the seams interlock it keeps moisture out. This type of roofing material is long lasting and recyclable. Not all residential roofing contractors offer this roofing material since installing it requires special skills.
  3. Wood Shingles or Shakes. Of the roofing materials out their wood shingles are the most attractive. For this reason, they’re very popular for luxury home owners, but they are not long-lived. If you live in a damp environment they tend to last 20 years. You’ll get a lot more life out of them up to 60 years in a dry climate. Wood shingles are thin and wedge shaped slabs of wood. Shakes involve splitting wood so they’re thicker with a rougher texture.
  4. Slate Shingles. Slate lasts for years because it’s thin sheets of real stone. It’s ideal because it lasts more than 100 years. It’s expensive and is for homeowners wanting lasting residential roofing materials. It requires specialized skill to install and for that reason it can take some effort to locate qualified installers for this type of roof.

There are other choices besides those listed above. They include metal shingles/shakes, clay tiles, concrete tiles and eco-friendly green roofing. Your choice of residential roofing depends on your timing. If you have an urgent need to replace your roof, you’ll find asphalt shingles do the job well. You’ll also have a lot of contractors available to install an asphalt roof for you. If you have time and aesthetics are important you can choose from many more expensive roofing materials. Your timeline, budget and available qualified contractors will affect the roofing materials you choose.

If you have questions about residential roofing, we can help. Call us at (978) 977-3816 or visit us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorthShoreRoofingMA.