A sturdy rooftop surface is essential to the safety and longevity of your home. Homeowners need roofing materials that fit their budget yet prove reliable and durable. Here are a few things to look at when selecting roofing materials:


The cost of roofing material can vary. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable option and are the most common roofing material in America. Wood shingles may cost twice as much as asphalt, and tile or slate roofs are even more expensive, but all these other options have their own advantages.


For homeowners who want to make their home look good, a beautiful, high-quality roof can make all the difference. Some buyers love the timeless appearance of cedar roofing, and tile roofs are a must for Spanish Colonial style homes. Even among asphalt shingles there are a wide range of colors and styles to choose from. Designer architectural shingles are becoming more popular, as are laminated dimensional shingles. Of course, nothing says luxury, and strength, like a slate roof.


Slate and tile roofs may be beautiful, but they are too heavy for some houses. This is especially true of homes with steeply pitched roofs. It is best to consult a professional to determine if these roofing materials are appropriate for your home.

Fire Resistance

Today’s roofs are increasingly resistant to fire. However, some neighborhoods restrict the use of wooden shingles due to the risk of fire. Slate, tile, and metal roofs are very fire resistant, and today’s asphalt and laminated shingles also provide great protection.

How Long it Will Last

Asphalt shingles will last 20 to 30 years, while tile can last 40 to 50 years. Slate roofs are known to last over 100 years. Different roofs also require different levels of maintenance. A roofing specialist can help determine what is appropriate for your home.

With so many options it is best to find an expert roofer to help. Apex Exteriors can make roofing easy for you. Call us at (847) 961-4601 for all your roofing, window and siding needs.

Last Updated on February 23, 2018 by


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