When it’s time for a new roof, there are many things to consider. One of the biggest questions you may have is about what kind of roofing materials to use. Whether you’re thinking about going in a completely different direction for your new roof, or you want to make sure keeping your current style is the right way to go, our experts can help you decide. We are here to outline some of the best options available for your new roof in Maryland.
COMMON ROOFING SHINGLES
- Asphalt Shingles: These are some of the most popular and affordable options available. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of sizes and colors. It is, however, important to consider that asphalt shingles can only be used on a roof with a steep slope.
- Three-Tab Shingles: Shingles of this variety are thin and inexpensive, but they carry the same 20-30 year warranty as other types. They have cutouts along the bottom edge, which provides nice texture and variety.
- Architectural Shingles: While similar to three-tab shingles, architectural shingles are not made with cutouts at the bottom. They do have extra asphalt, and they are waterproof. They are not recommended for low-slope roofs.
Metal roofing is a good option whether the roofline of your house is flat or steep. This type of roof is durable and lasting. Like any roofing material, they can be susceptible to loose nails, curled seams, holes, or leaks, but these issues can be addressed with simple repairs.
Slate shingles are quite the option. Not only can they last up to 100 years (!), they are also incredibly tough and durable. They resist water and cold very well, so they are ideal for frigid Maryland winters. It is imperative to note, however, that they are the most expensive option. They are costly to install and repair, and your home may not be able to handle the weight as they are significantly heavy.
These shingles are durable and environmentally friendly. They can be more costly than some of the other options, but they last up to 30-50 years. They are more difficult to repair than other varieties and usually require new shingles instead of fixing what is already on the roof. They do require extra preventative measures against termites and other insects.
CONCRETE AND CLAY ROOFING TILE
These beautiful tile shingles add extra style to your home. They are one of the more expensive options, but they are also hearty and long-lasting. Tile shingles are quite heavy, so it is important to note that not all roofs can sustain this type of shingle. If you aren’t sure if these are an option for you, contact one of our roofing contractors to inspect the structure of your home.
If you’re still undecided about where to start when it comes to your roof replacement, be sure to reach out to us at RoofPRO, LLC today. We’ll walk you through your best options and help you make a smart, informed decision. We will be waiting to hear from you!