We often have homeowners ask us about the different roofing options out there. Between asphalt, tiles, and metal roofing, there is a lot to take in! We asked our friends at the Indianapolis roofing company Richmond Exteriors to weigh in on their area of expertise. Here are the relative strengths and weaknesses of each, so that you can make an educated decision.
Asphalt roofing is composed of multiple layers of granules adhered to a sheet of either cellulose or fiberglass. That shingle is then rated 1 through 4 for quality and impact resistance, meaning you have a wide variety of price points to choose from and levels of protection to choose from.
The advantages of asphalt include:
- Lower cost than other roofing types
- Most common, so most roofers are experienced with it
- Provides the classic shingled look in many color options
- Can be installed directly over 1 layer of existing asphalt shingles for quick repair
- Shortest lifespan at 10-20 years
- Low fire and wind resistance for some shingles
Ceramic or slate tiles can mimic the look of an asphalt shingle, but with much longer lifespans. The hardiness that comes with the sturdier material does have drawbacks – being heavier, your roof may need to be reinforced.
The advantages of tile roofing include:
- Classic “western” look that is sought after
- Can be styled to look like traditional asphalt shingles
- Extreme life span
- Higher price point
- Low impact resistance to hail and tree limbs
If budget is no constraint, metal roofing is an obvious choice. It can outlast your house, looks fantastic, and offers the best fire and wind resistance on the market. Modern metal roofing, produced by companies like Turtle Shell Roofing, duplicates the classic look of shingles without any of the drawbacks.
- Extreme durability and lifespan, with great wind, hail, and fire resistance
- Looks just like any traditional roofing material
- A “lifetime roof” that will likely outlast your building
- Pricing. It can be significantly more costly than the asphalt equivalent!
- Weight. Your roof may need to be reinforced to install, which roofers factor into the price.
So there you have it! The advantages and disadvantages of the most common roofing types. Let us know if you have any questions!