One of the most crucial elements in the building of a home is the roof, and you have a number of options to choose from for roofing materials. Every new home is going to have a different set of requirements and each house is important to the family that lives in it. With many different roofing options out there, how do you know which products will work best for your new home? Here are some of the most popular materials for new residential roof construction, as well as the reasons why each is a popular option.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingle roofs are by far the most common and popular option for residential roofing. Their traditional and classic look makes them ideal for anyone looking for a simple and practical style. Price points and shingle thickness vary depending on the chosen composite type, making a large number of choices available for new home construction. While price and usability make them popular, asphalt shingles do have a few drawbacks. Asphalt shingles can sometimes be damaged by severe weather or even just age, leading to cracked or missing shingles that need replacement or repair. The good news is that when roof damage does occur, repairs are made simpler by replacing individual shingles, rather than needing to replace the entire roof.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing has a gorgeous finish, but comes at a higher price point than asphalt shingle roofs. This type of stone roof can last for over a hundred years with proper roof installation and maintenance. This fact is why you often see slate roofs on older or historical buildings; before asphalt shingles were widely available, slate shingles were the most popular choice. Due to its quality, durability and beauty, a slate roof can significantly increase the value of a home. However, slate roofs can be incredibly difficult to install and repair, and not all roofing companies have slate options available. Increasingly popular are synthetic slate shingles, comprised of rubber and plastic composites, which mirror the appearance of authentic slate at a lower price point.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing is more frequently used in commercial roofing systems but has recently become more prevalent in residential construction. These durable roofs are a great choice for a family looking to minimize home maintenance tasks. Metal roofs are credibly proven to last over 30 years with minimal attention or maintenance. Additionally, many metal roofs are constructed with partial or fully recycled materials, making them an eco-friendly option for the green homeowner. Metal roofing is also a versatile choice, since it can be installed as panels or shingles, and can display a wide range of finishes and appearances.

When building a home, choosing the right roofing material is essential. Each roofing material option has its benefits and detriments, so learning about the pros and cons of common roofing materials can help. To learn more or to find help with roofing selection and installation services, contact Select Construction today.

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