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Roof Materials: 7 Popular Options For Your Homes Roof

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Considering a new roof? You’ll need to pick from a selection of roof materials. If you’ve enlisted professional help to provide exterior home improvement services, one of their first questions will be, “What roof material do you want to use?”

Whatever your reason for investigating roof materials, we have you covered. In this article, we’ll share the most popular types of material. Plus, you’ll learn their associated costs and roof lifespan.

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Factors to Consider When Picking Roof Material

When it comes to decision time, these factors will play a pivotal role in selectin the right materials for your roof:

  • Existing Materials: This is especially important if you use roof repair services rather than installing a new roof.
  • Cost: Nobody’s favorite factor, but an important one. Everyone has their budget. Materials vary considerably in cost.
  • Climate: What works well in one climate won’t be as efficient in another.
  • Durability and Maintenance: This is a decision to take from an investment point of view. Some people prefer investing in high-quality, durable materials with longer lifespans. You should also consider how much maintenance the roof requires.

The 7 Most Popular Roofing Materials

This list is our selection of the most popular roofing material options people use across the USA. There are variances in popularity based on climate and state, but you’ll find these options almost universally.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material used for homes in the US. These tiles are made from fiberglass, minerals, and asphalt. The tiles come in small sections and are laid to overlap and form a protective layer.

They’re popular for a reason. The shingles are incredibly lightweight, making them easy to install and replace when damaged. They’re also incredibly affordable. This does come at the cost of durability, and most homeowners will find they have to replace a shingle or two at some point.

Cost: $1.50 to $2 per square foot.

Lifespan: 12 to 30 years.

Clay Tiles

One of the most popular options across Europe, you’ll tend to find clay tiles in the south of the US. That’s especially true along the coast. The materials themselves have a high initial cost, but when you consider their incredible durability, there’s a balance to be had. Some homeowners get their tiles glazed. This allows them to pick almost any color they like.

Cost: $10 to $12 per square foot.

Lifespan: 100 years plus.

Metal Roofing

There are many different kinds of metal roofing. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Generally speaking, metal roofs are some of the most durable that you could have access to. Expect to pay more for aesthetic options such as copper. You should also consider the climate when picking a metal roof. Aluminum is a great choice for coastal areas thanks to its resistance to corrosive sea air.

Cost: $10 to $16 per square foot.

Lifespan: 30 to 50 years, but sometimes up to 75.

Rolled Roofing

Rolled roofing is primarily used on residential and commercial roofs with gentle or no slope. It’s delivered in huge rolls that cover roughly 100 square feet of area. The material is ready to apply to a roof deck, it is simply unrolled and adhered through heat application. It’s made from a mixture of asphalt and minerals, with a layer of minerals laid on top to form a crust.

It’s an incredibly affordable option but certainly not one that will win any beauty contests.

Cost: $1.50 to $2 per square foot.

Lifespan: 5 to 8 years.

Membrane Roofing (EPDM)

Membrane roofing serves a similar purpose to rolled roofing. It, too, comes in rolls, but the material is more synthetic and rubber-style. You can purchase various membrane roofing options, but the most popular one is EPDM.

Cost: $4 to $8 per square foot.

Lifespan: 20 to 35 years.

Built-Up Roofing (BUR)

Built-Up Roofing, or BUR, has been used for decades. They are fabricated by layering different materials on top of each other so that a roof is gradually built up, as the name suggests. Asphalt and felt are positioned between the layers and heated so that each independent layer seals together. The top layer is completed with a mixture of small stones and hot tar, which gives a textured and sealed finish.

This process creates a roof incredibly resistant to corrosion from the elements. It’s also incredibly durable and requires little maintenance.

Cost: $2.50 to $5 per square foot.

Lifespan: 20 to 30 years

Solar Roof Tiles

Solar tiles are an excellent choice for those with money to invest in their home and a mind toward energy efficiency. Using your roof to create solar electricity is a superb option, but these tiles are expensive. They’re an emerging technology, so you should expect prices to drop as time passes. If you’re keen to install solar but don’t want huge panels on top of your roofing material, these are an excellent choice.

Cost: $14 to $19 per square foot.

Lifespan: Roughly 30 years.

Getting a New Roof for Your Home

Each roofing material has its own set of nuances, advantages, and disadvantages. The choice you make will depend on a variety of different factors. At the end of the process, it’s a personal decision for you to make for your home.

  • Before you begin to make any decision on your roof, we always recommend getting a professional roof inspection completed.
  • Consider the long term when choosing material.
  • Always factor in your climate and if the material is suitable for your area.

Ready to talk to a professional and get a free estimate for your roofing project? Contact the Dynamic Remodel & Repair team today, and we’ll happily discuss your project.

Phil DiMarco

Phil DiMarco - Owner​

Phil has worked in all facets of exterior renovations over the past 20 years from Labor and installation to Sales and project management. His knowledge includes Shingles and Flat roofing systems, Vinyl, wood and fiber cement siding. And many popular brands of windows and doors. He will give honest feedback on all of your exterior renovation questions.

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