Your roof is one of the more essential aspects of your home. Not only does if protect everything inside of your home (including the people), but the type of roof that you have as well as its conditions play an integral role in the valuation of your property. Though your budget and taste in design will play a significant role in the type of roof that you choose, the experts at Jackson Contracting, Inc. in Indianapolis recommend that you also consider your climate, homeowners association rules, etc. The most common types of roofs in North America are comprised of metal, asphalt, slate, and wood shingles/shake. Each roofing material has its pros and cons. Before you make a final determination, it is recommended that you consult with an experienced roofing contractor to ensure that you are making the right decision. Learn more about the most common types of roofs below

Metal Roofs

Once upon a time, metal roofs were used almost exclusively in a commercial setting. This was primarily due to its lack of aesthetic appeal. However, in more recent years, metal roofs have become increasingly popular in residential communities due to their energy efficiency, relatively affordable price (though still more expensive than many other materials), and design malleability.

Furthermore, metal roofs require less maintenance than other materials and are resistant to extreme weather. In some cases, metal roofs can be susceptible to rusting. They can last for up to 75 years with a consistent maintenance schedule.

Asphalt Shingles

The most common of all roofing materials in the United States is asphalt shingles. They have grown in popularity because of their affordability as well as easy installation/upkeep. Furthermore, asphalt shingles come in multiple colors and compliment most home designs. They are not known to last very long (in comparison to metal, slate, concrete, etc.). You can expect your asphalt shingle roof to last for 15 to 25 years, depending on the environment that you live in and your ability to keep up with a consistent maintenance schedule.

Slate Roofs

Slate roofs are among the most expensive, as well as long-lasting roofing materials on the market. Furthermore, they can easily complement the design of any home. Slate roofs come in a variety of shades to include black, grey, red, etc. The addition of a slate roof can significantly increase the value of your home. However, it is essential to note that the ROI will not always offset the price.

Furthermore, slate roofs should be installed by a roofing contractor that has proven experience. Due to their bulky nature, they can easily crack or collapse a roof if not correctly installed. The lifespan of a slate roof can span more than 100 years if properly maintained.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles and shake used to be the most popular type of roofing material. This is mainly due to their natural beauty, as well as a relatively affordable cost. Wood shingles can be made of cedar, oak, pine, redwood, etc. The type of wood that you choose will directly impact the durability and likelihood of succumbing to mold and rot. Unlike metal, slate, and asphalt, wood shingles can be a fire hazard. In some areas, they are not even allowed. Wood shingles may not be a great choice in climates that are particularly wet or extremely dry. You can expect a wood shingle roof to last for approximately 20 years.