Which Roofing Option Is Right for You? Let’s Weigh the Pros and Cons

May 23rd, 2019

As a leading provider of roofing services across Richboro, PA, and surrounding areas, our team of expert contractors is knowledgeable about all types of roofing. And as with any piece of construction that is available in a range of different materials, the different kinds of roofing can have their distinct advantages and disadvantages. So before you decide on your upgrade or roof replacement, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of each. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular types of roofing, and what they have to offer.

What to Consider

Overall, we recommend considering the roofing material’s longevity, durability, weight, slope, aesthetics, environmental friendliness, and local code. For instance, sometimes roofing is too heavy for a structure; other times it will wear out quickly. It’s also essential to adhere to any municipal regulations and other requirements.

Asphalt

Asphalt shingles are incredibly popular. In fact, they comprise almost 80% of the general housing market. The advantage of using asphalt shingles is that they are fire and wind resistant, inexpensive, moderate in weight, and suitable for a range of slope types.

Not only can they be manufactured to look like a variety of materials including tile, wood, and more, but asphalt shingles are also easy to maintain and durable. Additionally, they’re cost effective and eco-friendly as well.

Metal

Metal roofing can come in a wide range of materials from steel to copper, alloys and more. The materials are lightweight, energy efficient, and recyclable. They are also excellent at absorbing heat, are durable, and have solid resistance to the elements. As with asphalt, metal roofing can be designed to fit a range of slope types.

One note about metal roofing is that they are not always aesthetically pleasing, and their prices can range from moderate to expensive. Some metals such as copper can change color with age, which some homeowners could find unattractive.

Slate

Slate is another excellent roofing material that is present on the rooftops of many older buildings. It boasts exceptional durability and has excellent resistance to both wind and fire. It’s also natural, and therefore it’s eco-friendly and recyclable.

The disadvantages of slate are its weight and price. Slate tiles are heavy, therefore can only be used on roofs that can cope with their weight. They are also only suitable for steep slopes on rooftops. However, there is a fake slate option that is less heavy and costly when compared to the real thing, and is eco-friendly as well. This can be a perfect option to save money but still maintain the look of real slate roofing.

To find out what the best materials are for your roof type, call the top-rated roofing contractors in Bucks County, PA, and the surrounding areas today at 215-660-3802.

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