When considering roof types for your home, there are numerous factors to consider. One of the biggest things to keep in mind is your budget. Some materials cost more than others. So, determine how much you’re willing – and able – to spend before starting your research.

Your geographic location makes a difference, as well. You wouldn’t install the same roof on a home in an area with harsh winters or strong hurricanes as you would if you were living in a location with a moderate climate and less extreme weather.

You need to also consider the aesthetics of the materials you choose. You’ll want to use a material that works with the architectural style of your home or that comes in a color that matches your house.

Also, think about the maintenance involved. Are you the handy type? If you think you’ll enjoy something that requires a bit more upkeep, that’s great. But if you don’t want to do much to maintain your roof, consider that when selecting the materials and style of your roof.

Whether you’re building from scratch or redoing the roof of your home, here are several types to consider.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the more common roofing materials used. To strengthen these shingles, they typically feature fiberglass or similar material between layers of asphalt and ceramic pieces. The result is a waterproof shingle that deflects UV light from the sun. This means they can handle extreme temperatures and also last longer.

They’re also fairly light, so you’re not overloading the structure of your home, and inexpensive. They’re also easy to install.

These are just some of the reasons they’re among the most popular roofing choices. They also come in a range of colors, so they match a wide range of construction projects. And they have a lengthy lifespan – they can last as long as 40 years if they’re properly maintained.

There are some disadvantages to asphalt shingles, though. They don’t handle foot traffic well and aren’t ideal in areas that are hit with high wind.

Metal Roofing

Metals roofs are durable, sturdy, and long-lasting choices for your home. There are several types of metal roofs to choose from, though.

Aluminum roofs can last as long as 30 years. It’s resistant to corrosion and won’t easily rust. Professionals often recommend it for coastal climates. It tends to cost more than other metal roofs, though.

Copper roofs also have a long lifespan, even in areas with extreme weather. And if they get damaged, they’re easier to repair than other roof types. Copper shingles tend to be even more expensive than aluminum, though. And the material expands and contracts in humid weather. So, consider your climate and your financial situation before opting for this type of roof.

Zinc is a standard option for roofs, these days. It has self-healing properties that come in handy if repairs are needed. It’s also resistant to corrosion and easy to maintain. This type of roof is also expensive, and because it’s a softer element, it might not work well in areas with extreme weather.

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