A home’s roof is the first line of defense against the elements. Whether it is rain, snow, hail, heat, or cold, a properly installed roof keeps the home occupants safe, warm, and dry. However, as with all things, roofs are not meant to last forever. How long a roof lasts depends on the choice of materials and the installation.

When your home’s roof begins to show its age or has some level of storm damage, it might be time to replace the roof. That allows you to select a new type of roof material. Your choice of roof material can transform the look of your Marietta, GA, home and increase your property value. The following guide can provide you with the basics of roofing material options to help you make an informed decision.

Asphalt Shingles

How many homes on your block have asphalt shingles? It is a safe bet that it will be quite a lot. The vast majority of homes have asphalt shingle roofs. These types of roofing tiles are a popular option because of their durability and reasonable cost. Asphalt shingles come in two types: architectural or three-tab.

As you check out the asphalt shingles, you’ll find there are different grades. However, all of these tiles have a type of base mat that is coated with asphalt. That coating allows these types of shingles to deflect rain, wind, hail, and other climate elements. You’ll also find that asphalt shingles are designed to be waterproof, fire resistant, and protect your home from ultraviolet rays.

One drawback of asphalt shingles is that they have a relatively uniform look. Although they are available in different shades, they tend to look the same. That means if you want your roof to have a more distinct style, asphalt shingles might not be the way to go.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles give homes a unique look. They also offer decent resistance against severe weather conditions, such as hurricanes. These tiles also do a great job of repelling insect damage. Bugs don’t like clay! When properly installed, clay tiles can last up to 50 years.

Because clay tiles are heavier than other shingles, you must ensure that your roof’s structure design can support the added weight. Clay tiles are installed in layers and interlocked. A home with a steep roof pitch would not be ideal for this type of roofing material. You should also be aware that these tiles will be more expensive.

Clay tiles might also occasionally require repair if any of them crack. If you pick clay tiles, be sure to keep a few extra tiles in case of future replacement. You can replace the damaged tile without replacing the entire roof, but it is still an additional cost to consider.

Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles are another durable option similar to clay tiles. It is interesting to note that concrete tiles are actually lighter in weight than clay tiles. Concrete tiles are resistant to fire and wind damage. They also provide versatility in terms of available colors and textures. That affords you the opportunity to customize your home’s exterior.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are often used to cover backyard porches or as awnings over windows. However, full metal roofs are also popular options for homes. These roofs are typically made from painted steel, aluminum, or copper.

Metal roofs offer a lot of versatility in design. They are not just flat steel slabs. You might opt for stamped steel, standing seams, or vertical ribs. Metal roofs are lightweight, durable, and long-lasting. Of all the different roofing materials, metal roofs are the most fire-resistant. You need to keep in mind that metal roofs have higher installation costs. They could also become dented in storms, and that would present a challenge to repair.

Slate Roofing

Slate tiles are made from high-quality natural stone. They can really boost a home’s curb appeal. Slate roofs are among the longest-lasting roofing options, with a properly installed slate roof staying up for 100 years.

As with clay tiles, slate roofs are fire-resistant and durable against the elements. But they are also heavy. Before a slate roof can go up, you will need to make sure your roof can support it. You might not realize that slate roofs can break if someone walks on them. That is something to think about if you have regular chimney inspections.

Solar Roof Tiles

Solar roof tiles serve a dual purpose. They provide the same basic benefits as any roof material for keeping out the elements and also provide a source of power. Solar roof tiles require specialized installation. The tiles harness solar power and convert it into energy. That involves powering batteries that can generate electricity throughout the home. Yes, solar roof tiles work at night and on cloudy days because of the energy that you will have already stored.

Roofing Material Considerations

The first consideration when picking your new roof material is how it will look. That is important, but you need to consider additional factors. Roofs are not “one size fits all.” There will be concerns about whether your roof can support your choice of material. There are also building codes to consider. If you live in a community governed by a homeowner’s association, you will probably have to match the roof styles of the neighborhood.

Cost is also a significant consideration for a new roof. If a storm damages your roof, you might be able to have it paid for by an insurance company. However, most homeowners’ insurance does not cover an “old roof.” That is why you need to compare the costs of your roof through the lens of longevity. How long will that roof last? Can you see yourself living in the home when you need a new roof?

Signs You Need a New Roof

You seek shelter under a roof. But the roof is out in the open and exposed to harsh elements all the time. Even the strongest roofing materials will eventually show signs of wear and tear after years of exposure. Here are some of the common signs you might need a new roof:

  • Signs of water damage inside your home
  • Curls, cracks or tears on roof tiles
  • Missing tiles or flashing
  • Sign of moss or mold on the shingles
  • Visible leaks or holes

Get the Roof Checked

An annual roof inspection is an excellent item to put at the top of your homeowner’s to-do list. Transformation Roofing & Home Services will conduct a thorough inspection and provide you with information about all the roofing options. That might include a minor repair or a complete replacement. We provide estimates for all the various roofing materials. We also provide a rapid response for storm damage. Whether it is just a few shingles that need repair or an entire roof that must be replaced, we will work hard to get the job done quickly to minimize any disruption to your family.

We also offer ongoing specials that provide discounts for roof inspection and replacement. In addition, we provide roof designs, along with gutter installation and cleaning. At Transformation Roofing & Home Services, we treat every customer with the same level of attention and detail as if we were working on our own roofs. We’re also fully licensed and bonded, which makes us reliable and trustworthy. Call to get your roof checked out today.

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