Roofing is generally something people know nothing about. That does not negate the fact that you’ll need to learn something about it to make decisions on what kind of material you would like to roof your home or commercial business with. You’ll want something strong, durable, and that’s going to last as long as possible, if for no other reason than you won’t have to re-educate yourself on roofing trends anytime soon. BMCI is glad to provide a guide on what sort of materials you should be looking for.

Classic

A touch of history here, you’ll find that wood shingles and shakes were once the first name in roofing before the industry created composite shingles. Because of it’s rustic, aged appearance, wood remains a popular option for shingles. This type of roofing can very much help to restore the aesthetic of a historic home. You can find cedar, redwood, and pine, either machine sawed of hand split. Seeking that historical appearance for your home will be costly; the price point is—at the bottom rung—twice as high as other materials, which renders these an impossibility to most. As you can imagine, wood and water don’t go well together; in order to remain free of rot or mold, you’ll have to have your roof treated periodically with preservative and fungicide. If you don’t mind the above cons, wood shingles do come with a 25-year average lifespan.

Practical

Asphalt is a staple for commercial and residential roofing. Asphalt shingles come in multiple types and colors; variety is its middle name. It’s an industry standard for a good reason: ease of installation lowers labor costs and it’s an inexpensive material already. With all of the options available, you’ll have to be careful to avoid going only for the look of the shingles. Keep practicality in mind as you make these major changes to your home.

Industrial

Metal roofing is extremely weather-resistant, as you might guess. They’re currently available in two types: shingles and panels. In residential areas, you might see more and more of the standing seam installation process of the metal roof. A practical use of the raised “seam” that locks the two panels in place offers a charming but edgy look to any building. This kind of roofing can be on the loud side as far as inclement weather, but depending on installation and insulation, this might not be a problem for your home.

Chic

Tile often appears in the becoming terra cotta color and half-circle shape. They remain a perfect compliment to the stucco finish you’ll find in many parts of southern Europe and California. It can be four times the cost of their more budget friendly counterparts but can last around a 100 years, rendering it a style choice and a pragmatic one. Keep in mind that the cement tile, rather than the clay, are much less expensive and fare better in colder weather. Cement will last half as long as the clay counterparts, but that’s still a decent 50 years of roofing ahead of you. The major con of tile roofing is the weight. Regular roofing weighs around 230 lbs per ten-square-feet, a tile roof can weigh 1000 lbs per ten-square-feet. Definitely talk to a structural engineer before pondering a tile roof; your roof might not be able to handle that sort of pressure. You can reinforce the structure to strengthen the roof to be able to support it, but that can add exponentially to your end budget.

Innovative

Solar panel roofs, a brand new and innovative style, and has made an interesting addition to the roofing market. We’ll cover more of the details in our exclusive solar panel blog. Thus far, companies have offered a solar panel calculator so you can see your return investment on the energy it will provide you. Be sure to check out or exclusive blog about this incredible innovation.

Be sure to consider these questions as you begin your roofing journey:

Is the material too heavy?

Is the material going to need special framing?

Are there enough colors in this material to give you significant variety to choose something that will match your home’s design?

Does this material meet your fire codes?

Consider it’s resilience to weather and if it needs complicated regular maintenance done.

Most importantly, what is the cost, life span, and warranty for your desired material?

Ready to start shopping for a new roof? Contact BMCI Contracting, we’re happy to answer any questions and find the best options while keeping you budget in mind. Join us next time to find out more about synthetic roofing types like rubber, plastic, and polymer. We’ll talk about the rising solar roofing tiles from Tesla and their competitors, as well as upgrades to consider when purchasing a new roof. Start your journey to major home improvement today!