How Different Residential Roofing Materials Compare

You’ll come across a variety of residential roofing materials as you drive around town, or to other communities when on vacation. In this country, though, asphalt shingles still tops out as the most popular. It’s not the only game in town, though. From metal to slate, there are other options you can choose. Let’s compare them.

Asphalt Shingles

These are comprised of fiberglass pieces between asphalt and ceramic granules. They are pretty light, which makes them easy to install. But they’re mostly known for their affordability. Style at a budget price: that’s shingles in a nutshell. They can last usually about 20 years, perhaps 25 to 30 if you maintain them. They are vulnerable to high winds, though.

There are two types of asphalt roofing: laminated (AKA architectural or dimensional shingles) and three-tab shingles. Laminated shingles look more like wood shakes or slate due to their layered appearance, thickness and depth. Three-tab asphalt shingles are comprised of a single layer, and as such are flatter and thinner.

On average, asphalt shingle roofs cost about $5 per square foot to install but this price ranges by area of the country and roofer, according to The Spruce.

Fake Slate Roofing Shingles

This composite material resembles real slate, which of course is also an option, but faux slate is much cheaper. It weighs about the same as asphalt, and comes in a wide spectrum of compositions that includes plastic/polymer, clay, rubber or asphalt. It’s possible that it could crack under an impact or fade over time. It’s pricier than other options but not nearly as much as the real thing.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is available in steel, aluminum, copper, and alloy. It can be purchased in many shapes and textures. Copper is expensive, in particular, and can take on a greenish patina that you may find attractive. Metal comes with many benefits, including easy installation and lightweight. It can be noisy in a rainstorm. However, metal keeps your home cooler in summer.

Most standing-seam metal roofs have a lifespan of up to 50 years, and perhaps as long as 75 years with maintenance. Costs for metal roofs average $10 per square foot for steel or aluminum, $13 per square foot for zinc, and $18 per square foot for copper.

Clay or Cement Tile Roofs

Clay tile roofs are particularly popular in the Southwest due to their appearance, strength and durability. Traditional tiles are comprised of terracotta clay, but you can also opt for ceramic tiles or concrete tile. In all cases, the individual tiles are installed in overlapping layers over the roof surface. They can last 100 years or more with proper maintenance.

However the risk of cracking is a major concern. Costs vary with the type you get. Concrete tiles are about $10 per square foot installed; terra cotta ranges from $15 to $20 per square foot installed; and ceramic tile ranges from $20 to $30 per square foot installed.

Contact Ferris Roofing

To find out about the residential roofing services we provide, contact us at 817-438-2079.