Exploring Alternative Roofing Materials

When it comes to roofing replacement and repair, everyone’s minds immediately jump to asphalt shingles. If you are looking into a new roof, it may be time to think outside the box. Alternative roofing materials are starting to rise in popularity here in the United States and it may be time to jump on the trend.


Metal roofing is extremely popular right now, and for good reason. Metal roofing cuts down on waste that is a result of asphalt shingles. Metal roofing material is more energy efficient than traditional asphalt shingles, meaning larger energy savings over the life of the roof. Metal roofing is also fireproof. Metal roofing is highly customizable, and can be made to look like wood tiles, slate, or clay shingles, so you don’t have to settle for the look of a metal shed roof. Metal roofing has an extremely long lifespan.  


If you want a more natural look for your house, then wood shingles might be best for you. Old school looks are making a comeback, and wood shingles are making a strong comeback as well. Wood shingles are made from hardwoods and cost more than asphalt shingles, but they do tend to last longer. The one issue with wood shingles is that they are prone to fire. The average lifespan on a wood roof is around 15-40 years.


Of course, the most important thing to do when you are replacing your roof, is to do your research. First and foremost is usually the cost of the roof. For most people that is all they look at and it can be make or break. Once you decide your budget, then it is time to look at everything else like the lifespan of the roof, if it will complement the overall style of your house, if it will hold up to the weather where your live, and what kind of maintenance will need to be done.


There is no one size fits all answer for which roofing material is best, it varies on many factors. If you are considering reroofing your house, then give us a call for a free estimate, and one of our expert appraisers can help you decide which roofing material is best for you.