A new roof is a major financial investment, so you want to choose a material that’s right for your needs and budget and is appropriate for your house. Roofing materials vary in terms of appearance, weight, longevity, and cost.

Factors to Consider

The cost of a new roof will depend on more than just the material you choose. Chimneys, vent pipes, skylights, and other features can complicate a roofing job and add to the price. The roofers will need to install flashing to prevent leaks where two different materials meet. Some materials won’t work because of the pitch of the roof or the strength of the existing roof structure. If the current roof is damaged or worn out, workers may have to remove it and make repairs before they can install a new roof.

Popular Roofing Materials

The majority of homeowners who install new roofs choose asphalt because of its relatively low cost. Asphalt shingles are made from an organic paper fiber mat or fiberglass that contains asphalt and is covered with mineral granules. Asphalt shingles are relatively light and can be used on roofs with a variety of slopes.

Metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt. Several types of metal are used for roofing, including aluminum, copper, steel, and zinc alloy. Metal roofing shingles are often made from recycled materials and can be recycled again when it comes time to replace them. Metal shingles can be manufactured to make them resemble other types of roofing materials. Like asphalt, metal is lightweight and can be used on roofs with low or steep slopes.

Roofing shingles and shakes can be made from rot-resistant wood, such as cedar, redwood, or southern pine, and treated to make the roof fire-resistant. Many homeowners like the way wood shingles change to a silvery gray color as they weather over time. Wood roofing requires routine maintenance and may not last as long as some other types of roofing materials. It has a moderate weight and can be used on roofs with a variety of slopes.

Slate roofing is made from natural stone and usually has a dark gray color. It’s durable and lasts longer than some other roofing materials, but it also comes with a higher price tag, in part because of the amount of skill needed to install it. Because of the slate’s weight, the roofing structure must be reinforced to support it. Slate is resistant to both fire and wind.

Which Type of Roof Should You Choose?

If your house needs a new roof, weigh the pros and cons of various materials. You need to consider the design and condition of your existing roof as well as your budget. JS and R Roofing can help you make the right decision and install a beautiful and durable roof on your Connecticut home. Contact us today to learn more.