Roofing Material: Information on Choosing the Right Roof for Your Home

Whether you’re building a new roof or replacing an old roof, the first step in the decision making process is selecting the right roofing material

This can be a little bit intimidating as there is a wide range of materials to choose from. You will need to consider the cost, the look and the performance of each of the materials appropriate for your type of roofing structure and your location.

This decision might be difficult at first, but once you learn more about each type of material, your options will become more clearly defined. And if you need help deciding what will suit your home best, discuss the matter with your local home improvement contractor.

Asphalt Shingles
Choosing The Right Roofing Material For Your NJ HomeAsphalt shingle roofing is by far the most common type of roofing installed in the residential sector today. Asphalt shingles are a very affordable option for most homeowners and are easy to install (often by simply adding a new layer on top of old shingles). Additionally, asphalt roof is built to last as long as 25-30 years and can withstand harsh conditions relatively well. A wide selection of colors & designs offers something for everyone.

Choosing The Right Roofing Material For Your NJ HomeIf you’re interested in a more durable, low maintenance, resilient and environmentally friendly material for your NJ home, metal roofing might be for you. This recyclable material can be fitted atop of an existing roof and last for upward of 50 years. Metal roofs are resistant to mildew, fire, corrosion, wind, rain and hail. Your NJ roofing contractors will help you determine the right metal roofing material for our home, choosing from aluminum, steel or copper.

Wood Shakes
Choosing The Right Roofing Material For Your NJ HomeIf you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing roof that will add character to your home, consider wood shake roofing. Wood shingles such as cedar offer unmatched beauty, are a renewable & therefore a “green” roofing option and often last as long as asphalt shingles. Shakes are treated with chemicals to become fire-retardant, and may also be treated with preservatives to prevent mildew and rot. One thing to remember is that shake roofing will require more ongoing maintenance than your typical asphalt roof.

Choosing The Right Roofing Material For Your NJ HomeSlate roofing is a popular material for many reasons. On one hand you have natural slates, a non-absorbent, variegated in color and sophisticated in style material that is environmentally friendly, durable, long lasting and requires little maintenance. It is, however, a more expensive material to buy and install and the added weight often requires structural reinforcements. On the other hand, you have composite slate roofing, which is a synthetic material that looks like natural slate but is less expensive, much lighter and easier to install – all of which lowers the cost of your new roof while still offering slate look.

Choosing The Right Roofing Material For Your NJ HomeClay or concrete, tile roofing is easy to maintain, resilient, fire-proof and durable, designed to last 50 years or more. However, it is more expensive to buy and install than some of the more traditional roofing materials. Tile roofing is also quite heavy, and, as with original slate, will require certain structural standards for the frame and decking of the roof.

If you’re looking for roofing replacement and need some guidance, contact CraftPro Home Improvements. They’ll help you figure out the best roofing material for the type of your home and location, and connect you with professional local roofing contractors. Call (973) 610-8763 today!

This article was provided by Lukasz Sobczuk, owner of LGC Roofing, a NJ roofing and siding contractor with over 25 years of experience. Contact us at 609-712-8157!

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