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How to Choose New Roofing for Your House

Roofing Materials and General Considerations When Re-Roofing Your Home


If you are preparing for a full roof replacement you’ll want to carefully consider your roofing options with regard to longevity, material type, cost, and other factors. The average 3-tab asphalt shingle roof, which is among the most common roofing materials, will last 15-25 years, while other roof types can last longer. All roofs require periodic inspection and maintenance to ensure they will not fail prematurely, but inevitably, all types need to be replaced at some point. Read on to find information to help you make a decision about what type of roof installation is best for you.

General Considerations

First, let’s address potential constraints on your roofing material options:

  • Local building codes may not allow for wood, thatch, or other roofing materials.
  • Roof pitch can limit which roofing materials can be used on your home.
  • Fire and wind resistance may be an important consideration for you, and different roofing materials have various resistances.
  • Durability varies greatly among roofing materials. Some materials require much more rigorous and regular maintenance. Your choice will thus have implications for the cost and frequency of solar roofing options.
  • The weight of some options could be too heavy for support beams.

Roofing Materials

  • Asphalt shingles are the most common due to their low cost and ease of installation. They last between 15 and 25 years.
  • Metal roofs can be aluminum, steel, or copper, and they can be installed as panels or shingles. They tend to be long lasting (50+ years) and low maintenance, but they can also be expensive.
  • Tile and cement roofs are beautiful but heavy. They are long-lasting and generally low maintenance. One big issue – relevant to Bay Area owners and builders – is that wind damage can create big problems for tile roofs.
  • Slate roofs tend to be very expensive, and you must use specially trained workers for installation. The material is obviously heavy, but it is also long lasting (75+ years).
  • Wood shingles, often made of cedar or redwood, can be a great choice, but you may need to fireproof. Wood also has a relatively short lifespan and relatively high maintenance burden.

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Century Roof and Solar is a certified and licensed East Bay roofing company. We can install and repair nearly every roofing material on any pitch of roof. We also provide solar roofing options to make your home easier on the environment and your monthly bills. Call us today at (888) 233-7548 or send us a message from our website for a free estimate.

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