It’s a question that we see a lot when people are thinking about replacing their home’s roof: “What is the best roofing material for my home?”
As with most things, the answer is that it depends on a number of factors, including the age of your home, your HOA rules, city codes, and more. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the most popular roofing types, and then share some advice about how you can go about selecting the right one for your home.
Option #1: Clay tiles
Let’s start with Phoenix’s favorite roofing type: the clay tile. Ubiquitous in many Valley neighborhoods, clay tiles are known for their classic Southwest look and durability, but there’s still a few things you should know before you go about adding them to your roof.
The use of clay tiles is one of the oldest roofing techniques. They’re still in business because their styling features are unmatched and they are incredibly durable, lasting for decades. Even though clay tiles are mostly used in the architecture of ancient Europe and the Mediterranean region, they are equally feasible and aesthetically suitable for modern houses—especially here in Phoenix.
Here are a few things to keep in mind with tile roofing:
- Clay roof tiles are suitable for houses in both wet and dry conditions.
- They are fire-resistant and don’t favor insect growth
- Due to their inherent thermal qualities, they are best for roofs for places with hot temperatures throughout the year.
Here are the primary disadvantages of tile roofing:
- They’re heavy, which means your house and roof structure needs to have been built to support the weight.
- They’re brittle, which means they can break and that a roofer can’t walk on them easily.
- They cost of installing a tile roof can be higher than other kinds of roofing.
For more information, read our blog about why you should consider a tile roof. To learn more about tile roof installation, give our team a call for a free roof checkup!
Option #2: Asphalt shingles
Asphalt is the most-used roofing material in the United States, overall. The prevalence of asphalt shingles is due to the fact that they are inexpensive and easy to install. Asphalt shingles come in different colors and can be designed according to different aesthetic designs.
However there are two drawbacks of asphalt roofing.
- They have shorter life span than other roofing materials, especially tile roofing
- Asphalt shingles provide poor insulation
The many advantages of asphalt roofing triumph over these drawbacks to make it a suitable roofing option for households here in Phoenix. Debating between tile and shingle? Read our blog, then call our team.
Option #3: Foam roofing
They are also called polyurethane roofs and mostly used to cover flat roof structures. Foam roofs are elastomeric coated to get protection from all weather extremes.
Here are the advantages of spray foam roofs. You can also read about the advantages of foam roofing both residential and commercial buildings. Or, give our team a call, and we’d be happy to review what makes foam one of the best roofing material types for your home.
Option #4: Metal shingles
For their longevity and durability, metal shingles are arguably the best roofing material. The most common concern many people have regarding metal shingles is their quick-to-rust characteristic. But, these days, metal shingles are designed with rust-resistant capabilities.
Metal can prove to be the best roofing material option for the following purposes:
- They are highly resistant to strong winds and the impact that comes with it. If you are living in an area that is subjected to hail and thunderstorms, metal shingles is the best roofing option for you.
- Metal shingles are low-maintenance because unlike other roofing materials they don’t crack or rot. It is also very less likely that they will turn into an insect haven.
- Since metal shingles can’t catch fire, you will have more peace of mind.
Due to its many inherent benefits, metal roofing will cost you more than other roofing materials. Call KY-KO Roofing to learn more.