Updated: Mar 20, 2020
Selecting a roof for your home can be challenging. You need to be able to choose the type, style, design, price point, and contractor for the job. It is important to select a roofing contractor that will walk through these roofing options with you.
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing products for residential homes because they are the most readily available and meet a price point homeowners can afford. Within the asphalt family, there are several types, styles, and weights of shingles. Most common to homes today is an Architectural Shingle. This shingle has a solid matt with raised profiles to give a shake look. Aesthetically, most Architectural Shingles look about the same, but their weight may vary from 180 to over 300 pounds per square (100 square feet). Whether you want a wood shake look for your craftsman or slate look for your stately two-story, there is an asphalt shingle to fit your style and needs.
Another product starting to gain momentum in the residential roofing world is metal. Much like asphalt shingles, there are numerous products within the metal roofing industry including barn metal, standing seam (hidden fastener), and stone coated steel. Barn metal is installed with exposed fasteners and offers consumers a low-end, quick fix solution. Standing seam is a premium product – installed with hidden fasteners – that instantly adds value and aesthetic appeal to a home. Stone coated steel is a very durable, premium product that comes with shingle, shake and tile options.
Lastly, if your home has a look and place of historical significance that you want to maintain, you might consider replacing the wood shingles or shakes, clay or concrete tile, or composite or real slate. Choosing one of these premium roof products can truly authenticate a home’s place in history or give it the aesthetic boost needed to set your home apart.