How to Choose a Roof for Your Home

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There are many styles and types of roofing available today, including those made from natural materials such as slate or wood, as well as man-made products like asphalt, sheet metal and plastic polymers. 


Look for products that have a high fire rating and are wind resistant in areas that are susceptible to wildfires and hurricanes.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles make up over 80% residential roofing.


Materials: Available in either an organic paper fiber mat (better against cold and wind) or fiberglass (more resistant to fire and moisture) that has been impregnated and coated with mineral powders.


Appearance: Available as traditional 3-tab shingles and thicker laminated “architectural shingles.


Durability: Not very durable. To prevent staining, algae-resistant Shingles are available for humid climates.


Cost: Moderate to inexpensive.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is less expensive than asphalt and lasts longer. It also resists wind better.


Materials: Can be made of steel, aluminum or copper. Roofs made of steel can be coated with zinc or painted. Copper roofs can be installed unfinished, and will develop a protective green patina over time.


Appearance: Available in sheets and shingles that look like other materials. You can install the fasteners with them hidden, or exposed.


Durability: Depending on the material, durability can be moderately to extremely long.


Cost: From moderate (steel), to high (copper).

Concrete Tile

Concrete roof tiles are less expensive than clay tiles but are heavier and can last longer. They are also fire-resistant.


Materials: Made of a mix of Portland cement and Sand


Appearance: It can be made to look like traditional clay tiles, wood shakes or slate. You can color the entire tile or just the surface.


Durability: Lasting and low maintenance, but it can fail.


Cost: Moderate.


This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roofer Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.