Are you due for roof replacement in Hilton Head?

If so, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make. In addition to all of the time and research that goes into finding the right contractor for your new roof, you also have to decide on which roofing materials you want to go with. At Nationwide Developments, we know how overwhelming trying to find the right roofing material can be, and that’s why we’ve set out to make the process easier. Here are the main kinds of roofing materials available, as well as the pros and cons of each.

Asphalt Shingle

Asphalt shingles are, by far, the most common roofing material homeowners use. In fact, asphalt shingles are probably the first thing most people think of when they think of roofing materials. Part of the reason why asphalt shingles are so popular is because of how affordable and easy to install they are. If you’re considering an asphalt roof, look into shingles that contain copper or zinc granules. This helps to prevent the growth of algae on your roof. Here are some of the pros and cons of asphalt roofs.

Pros:

  • They are affordable.
  • They work well with many different architectural styles.
  • They are available in many different colors.

Cons:

  • They have shorter lifespans than many other types of roofs.
  • They don’t provide the same level of energy efficiency as other types of roofs.
  • The quality of asphalt roofs can vary significantly.
  • They aren’t very durable.
  • They aren’t very environmentally friendly.
  • They require regular maintenance.

Metal

Metal is far less common than asphalt shingles, but the many benefits that a metal roof can provide make it an ideal choice for many different homeowners. Metal roofs are available in a wide variety of materials, including copper, zinc alloy, aluminum or steel. Many people think of the metallic look of aluminum when they think of metal, but metal roofs can be customized to look like almost any other type of roofing materials.  Here are some of the pros and cons of metal roofs.

Pros:

  • They are extremely durable.
  • They can last up to 100 years!
  • They provide solar reflectance, which can help you save on your energy bills.
  • They are available in a variety of colors and styles.
  • They require very little maintenance.
  • They are made from recycled materials and can be recycled when replaced, making them environmentally friendly.

Cons:

  • They are relatively pricey.

Tiles

Roofing tiles are available in either concrete or clay, and they add some eye-catching texture and elegance to a roof that other roofing materials just can’t compare to. Although you can find some of the basic pros and cons of tile roofing below, it’s important to keep in mind that you could get very different results from concrete than you could from clay, so make sure you factor that into your decision. Here are the pros and cons of tile roofs:

Pros:

  • They are long-lasting — with lifespans up to 40 years.
  • They are non-combustible.
  • They have a very unique appearance, and they are ideal for Southwestern, Spanish and Mediterranean style homes.
  • They are energy efficient.

Cons:

  • They are extremely heavy.
  • They often require extra framing to make up for the added weight.
  • They can be expensive.
  • They have a low wind resistance.

We hope that this quick look at common roofing materials will help you find the right roof for your needs. If you would like to learn about more roofing materials, please make sure that you stay tuned for our next blog. If you have questions or concerns about which roofing material to choose, or you would like to learn more about roof replacement from Nationwide Developments, please contact us today!