Roofing materials comparisons

by | Nov 17, 2021 | Residential Roofing, Roofing, Shingles, Tips

Whether you’re replacing an existing roof or picking a roof for a brand-new house, it’s essential that you’re choosing the best roofing material for your home. Take a look at some information on the different types of roofing materials we offer at SCI, and determine which would be the best choice for your home.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass that is covered with asphalt and ceramic granules. They come in sheets that are layered on a roof to give the appearance of individual shingles. These roofs usually cost about $1.50 to $3.50 per square foot.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material among homeowners and for good reason. They’re one of the most affordable roofing materials on the market, and they’re typically easy to install or replace. Additionally, asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of styles and colors, so they’re easy to match with any home. Even better, many asphalt shingles today come with a 20- to 30-year warranty, making them a great value.

However, in recent years, some homeowners are opting for more energy-efficient roofing, as asphalt shingles may not provide as much insulation as other materials. Also, keep in mind that asphalt shingles are not well-suited for extreme heat. High temperatures can cause shingles to crack and fade, so those who live in hot climates should opt for different roofing materials.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Wood shingles and shakes have been a popular roofing material choice for over a century. Several different types of wood can be used to make wood shingles and shakes, including cedar, cypress, redwood, and pressure-treated pine. Wood shingles usually cost about $4.50 to $9 per square foot, while shakes are more pricey at $6 to $11 per square foot.

No matter the type of wood used, wood shingles give roofs a natural beauty that you can’t get with other roofing materials. Wood shingles and shakes also have a higher insulation value than most other types of roofing materials, so they’re more energy-efficient.

It’s important to note that wood roofing is prohibited in some areas where wildfires are a danger. Additionally, wood shingles and shakes are not a wise roofing material choice in damp climates, as they are much more likely to rot or split if exposed to too much moisture.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

The most common type of metal roof is the standing seam roof, so named because the aluminum or steel roofing panels meet in raised seams that interlock to keep moisture out. Metal roofs of all kinds are increasingly popular in regions with heavy snowfall or where there is a notable danger of wildfires since this is a roofing material that is fully fireproof.

Metal roofs are very long-lived and are fully recyclable when they finally do wear out. But installation requires special skills and not every roofing company is prepared to install a standing seam metal roof.

Costs typically run from $6 to $12 per square foot, installed. Metal roofs commonly last 30 to 50 years, but some have been known to last 75 years.

Metal Shingles/Shakes

For homeowners who do not like the look of standing seam metal roofs but want the advantages of metal, there are steel or aluminum shingles or shakes now available. Made from stamped metal and finished with either a high-quality baked-on coating or mineral granules, metal shingles can be fabricated to look very much like traditional asphalt shingles, wooden shakes, or even slate or clay tiles. They are an excellent choice where appearance is a critical concern.

Metal shingle roofs typically cost $7 to $10 per square foot, installed. They can last 30 to 50 years.

No matter the type of roofing material you choose, you can count on SCI Contracting to install it.

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Matt Holmes is the Owner of S.C.I. Roofing and Construction. With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, he brings his knowledge and passion to every job.

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