Choosing a material for your new roof is a big decision that requires careful consideration of several different factors. In today’s post, Wilson Roofing discusses the things to remember when choosing a new material for your residential roofing system.
Always note the projected lifespan of any roofing material you’re considering. Asphalt, for example, has an average life of around 15 to 25 years. Higher-rated materials, such as metal, tile, and slate, while pricier, offer more long-term value.
Material Strength and Elemental Resilience
Consider your area’s climate when choosing a material for your roof replacement. While asphalt does have respectable elemental resilience, it has a lower wind rating than other materials, which might make it a less favorable choice if you live in an area subject to high winds. While metal is widely considered a great material for commercial roofing, it also works well on residential properties and is a viable alternative to asphalt if your home experiences frequent storms. And while it’s pricier than asphalt on the front end, it requires comparatively less maintenance and upkeep.
Consider the Weight of the Material
Finally, consider the material’s weight as your existing roof structure might not be able to support heavier, higher-rated roofing materials. Clay and concrete tile, while very durable, weigh around 750 to 900 pounds per square respectively, which may be too much for older homes. Metal roofing is a good alternative; it’s one of the lightest roofing materials at just 150 pounds per square.
Wilson Roofing offers complete and professional roofing services. Give us a call at (855) 501-2220 for more information on our services. We install high-performance residential roofing systems throughout Austin, TX.