Understanding the Different Types of Roofing Materials

If you are in the market for a new roof, you have likely discovered that you have a number of options when it comes to potential roofing materials, but you may not know enough about each to make an informed decision. In this case, an article by Joe Cuhaj at Today’s Homeowner entitled, How to Choose a Roof for Your Home may prove helpful.                

This article provides in depth information about a number of roofing materials including how they are made, their appearance, durability, weight, fire & wind resistance, cost, and more. Some examples include:

Asphalt Composition Shingles: The most popular type of roofing material, asphalt shingles are made of asphalt mixed with ether an organic paper fiber mat or fiberglass.

  • Appearance: available in traditional 3-tab shingles or thicker laminated shingles
  • Durability: Not especially durable, last 15 – 30 years depending on the shingle
  • Weight: Moderate
  • Fire and wind resistance: Good fire resistance; fair win resistance
  • Cost:  $75 – $125/square foot

Wood Shingles and Shakes: This roofing material is made from rot resistant woods, most commonly cedar or redwood.

  • Appearance: Has a natural look and weathers to a silvery gray. It is available in both shingles and shakes
  • Durability: Longevity is dependent on routine maintenance; lasts 15 – 25 years
  • Weight: Moderate
  • Fire and wind resistance: Good wind resistance; poor fire resistance (though it can be treated with a fire retardant)
  • Cost: $350 – $450/square foot

You can learn more about these and other roofing materials including metal, plastic polymer, clay tile, concrete tile, and slate by reading the full article here.

If you are a homeowner in the southwestern Chicagoland area and you are considering asphalt or cedar shingles for your home, be sure to contact Baltic Home Improvements for a free estimate for your installation job. We are an and we have been providing roofing services to area residents since 2004. Call us or send an inquiry through our convenient Web form today to learn more about why BHI is a leading area contractor.