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Roofing Materials: A Comparison

Whether you’re replacing an existing roof or picking a roof for a brand new house, it’s essential that you’re choosing the best roofing material for your home. Take a look at some information on the different types of roofing materials we offer at E&E, and determine which would be the best choice for your home.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass that is covered with asphalt and ceramic granules. They come in sheets that are layered on a roof to give the appearance of individual shingles. These roofs usually cost about $1.50 to $3.50 per square foot.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material among homeowners, and for good reason. They’re one of the most affordable roofing materials on the market, and they’re typically easy to install or replace. Additionally, asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of styles and colors, so they’re easy to match with any home. Even better, many asphalt shingles today come with a 20- to 30-year warranty, making them a great value.

However, in recent years, some homeowners are opting for more energy-efficient roofing, as asphalt shingles may not provide as much insulation as other materials. Also, keep in mind that asphalt shingles are not well-suited for extreme heat. High temperatures can cause shingles to crack and fade, so those who live in hot climates should opt for a different roofing material.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Wood shingles and shakes have been a popular roofing material choice for over a century. Several different types of wood can be used to make wood shingles and shakes, including cedar, cypress, redwood, and pressure-treated pine. Wood shingles usually cost about $4.50 to $9 per square foot, while shakes are more pricey at $6 to $11 per square foot.

No matter the type of wood used, wood shingles give roofs a natural beauty that you can’t get with other roofing materials. Wood shingles and shakes also have a higher insulation value than most other types of roofing materials, so they’re more energy-efficient.

It’s important to note that wood roofing is prohibited in some areas where wildfires are a danger. Additionally, wood shingles and shakes are not a wise roofing material choice in damp climates, as they are much more likely to rot or split if exposed to too much moisture.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Standing seam metal is one of the most durable and long-lasting roofing materials on the market, lasting between 50 and 100 years. It comes in either panels or shingles and is available in aluminum, copper, zinc, and stainless steel.

Homeowners are drawn to metal roofing for a variety of reasons. It’s energy-efficient, surprisingly lightweight, and 100 percent recyclable at the end of its lifespan. Metal roofs are especially popular in areas with heavy snowfall, as they shed snow much more easily than other types of roofing, which prevents ice dams during very low temperatures. 

However, one of the biggest drawbacks of metal roofing is its cost. While the price varies depending on the type of metal, these roofs typically run anywhere between $6 and $12 per square foot, making them a sizable investment. Still, the longevity and strength of metal roofs often compensates for the initial cost.

Engineered Slate

Engineered slate is designed to look just like natural slate, and it’s made up of engineered polymers, along with recycled rubber and plastic. At $6 to $12 per square foot, engineered slate costs much less than natural slate. 

Engineered slate has one of the longest lifespans out of all types of roofing materials. While lightweight, it’s also strong and sturdy, making it a good choice for houses that may not be able to support a heavier roof. This material is also easy to maintain and usually comes with a great warranty.

As far as roofing materials go, engineered slate is relatively new and has only been on the market since the mid-1990s. That said, there isn’t as much of a track record for engineered slate as there is for roofing materials that have been around for a long time.

No matter the type of roofing material you choose, you can count on E&E Contracting to install it. Take a look at our roofing services, or contact us for a complimentary estimate.