What type of roof is best for me?

August 27, 2023 by

So, your old roof has had it. It’s time for a new roof.

There are all sorts of different types of roofs out there. You’ve got your asphalt roofs, your wood roofs, your metal roofs, and even your solar roofs. So how do you know which type of roof is best for you? A few things to consider for the right roofing material for you, since there’s no such thing as a standard roof:

  • The climate in your area – If you live around high winds, heavy snow, consistently hot or cold weather, etc., the type of roofing you choose should take that into account.
  • The style of your home – Certain roof styles just look better with certain types of homes. A thatched roof might not be the best choice for a modern home.
  • What type of roof is on your house now – All things being equal, if you’re happy with what was there before, you’ll be happier with a brand-new version.
  • Your budget – Of course, you’ll need to factor in the cost of the roof when making your decision. That should include the amount of potential energy savings (energy efficiency) in your total average cost per square foot over the long term.

Asphalt roof

Asphalt roof shingles are the most popular types of roofing materials on the market today. They are durable, affordable, and easy to install, making them a great choice for both new construction and replacement roofs. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can find the perfect look for your home.

Aerial view of asphalt roof on home by the waterfront

Asphalt roof

There are two main types of asphalt shingles: fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles are made with a base layer of glass fiber matting, which is then coated with asphalt and covered with ceramic granules. Organic shingles are made with a base layer of paper or felt, which is then saturated with asphalt and covered with mineral granules.

Asphalt shingles are most commonly available in three-tab and architectural styles. Three-tab shingles are the most basic and common type of asphalt shingle. They have a rectangular shape with evenly spaced tabs across the top. Architectural shingles are larger and more dimensionally stable than three-tab shingles. They are often used on larger homes because they provide a more rustic look.

Overall, asphalt shingle roofs are a good choice for many homeowners.

Wood roof

Wood shingles (wood shakes) are a type of roofing material that has been around for centuries. They are made from thin pieces of wood cut into uniform shapes and sizes. Wood shingles are typically installed in an overlapping fashion, which helps to protect the home from weather damage.

Aerial view of cedar roof on home

Cedar roof

Wood shingles are a popular choice for many homeowners because wood roofing offers a natural look that can complement any home style.

Wood shingles are also relatively easy to install and maintain, making them a good choice for DIY installation if you have experience. If not, find a reputable roofing company for professional installation.

If you’re considering wood shakes for your new roof, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Wood shingles can be susceptible to rot and insect damage, so it’s important to choose a type of wood naturally resistant to these problems. Cedar and redwood are two good natural wood choices. You should also be sure to treat the wood shingles with a water-repellent coating to help protect them from the elements.

Wood shingles can add beauty and character to your home, but they require some special care and maintenance. With proper care, your wood shingles will last for many years.

Tile roof

Traditional tile roof shingles are made from fired clay or concrete. We specialize in Brava tile roofs, which are composed of synthetic materials created to mimic tile, slate, or cedar shakes using a patented process ensuring no two tiles are exactly the same. They’re durable and long-lasting, and they can withstand high winds and heavy rains. Tile roofs are also fire-resistant, which is an important consideration if you live in an area prone to wildfires.

Home with Brava synthetic tile roof

Brava synthetic tile roof

One downside of tile roofs is that they can be expensive to install. However, they typically last longer than other types of roofs, so they may end up saving you money in the long run.

Metal roof

Standing seam metal roofs are just about bulletproof with routine maintenance. Metal roofing is also fire-resistant and resists damage from pests like termites. A standing seam metal roof can be made from recycled materials. And metal roofs can help reduce your energy bills because they reflect heat away from your home. This makes metal roofing a top energy-efficient choice.

Home with metal roof

Metal roof

There are potential drawbacks with metal roofs. First, they can be noisy during a rainstorm or hailstorm. Also, metal roofs will be cold to the touch in the winter and hot in the summer, just so you know.

Finally, metal roofs can be more expensive than other types of roofing, so be sure to get estimates from several contractors before making a decision.

Clay roof

Clay roof tiles are one of the most popular roofing materials in the world. Tile roofs are known for their beauty, durability, and fire resistance. Clay tiles are made from a mixture of clay and water, and they are fired in kilns to create a hard, durable roofing material.

Clay tile roofs can last indefinitely if they are properly maintained. They are also very resistant to fire, wind, and hail damage. However, clay roof tiles can be cracked or broken if they are improperly installed or if they experience severe weather conditions. If you live in an area with cold weather, it is important to have your clay tile roof inspected regularly to ensure that it is in good condition.

If you are considering a clay tile roof for your home, there are a few things you should know. First, clay tiles are available in a variety of colors and styles. You can choose tiles that match the color of your house, or you can select tiles that contrast with the color of your house.

Second, clay tile roofs require more maintenance than other types of roofs. Clay tiles must be cleaned regularly to prevent them from becoming stained or damaged. They also need to be sealed to protect them from the elements. Finally, clay tile roofs can be expensive to install, so it is important to get several quotes before choosing one.

Slate roof

Slate tile roofs are some of the most long-lasting and most durable roofing materials available. Natural slate tiles can last for over a century with proper maintenance, making them an excellent choice for those looking for a roof replacement.

Home with slate roof

Slate roof

Slate tiles are also highly fire resistant, which makes them ideal for homes in areas prone to wildfires. In addition, slate tiles are very low maintenance and easy to repair if they ever become damaged.

Slate tile roofs can be quite heavy, so it’s important to make sure your home’s framing and roof deck can support the weight of the tiles.

Also, slate roofs require more initial investment than other types of roofing, but they typically last much longer and require less maintenance over time.

Solar roof

Solar roofs can help you save money on your energy bills, and they can also increase the value of your home.

You’ll need to find a reputable installer for solar tiles. There are many companies that offer solar roof installation, so be sure to do your research. Professional installation is a must.

Once you’ve found a reputable installer, you’ll need to decide what type of solar roof you want. There are two main types of solar roofs: photovoltaic (PV) and thermal.

PV solar roofs convert sunlight into electricity, while thermal solar roofs capture the heat from the sun and use it to heat water or air.

PV solar roofs are more expensive than thermal solar roofs, but they’re also more efficient. PV solar roofs can generate more electricity per square foot than thermal solar roofs, so they’re a good choice if you’re looking to save money on your energy bills.

Thermal solar roofs are less expensive than PV solar roofs, but they’re not as efficient. Thermal solar roofs can only generate heat, so they’re best suited for locations where there’s plenty of sunshine.

Solar panels need to be installed in an area where they’ll get plenty of sunlight.

You’ll also need to make sure that your solar panels are properly mounted. Solar panels need to be mounted on a south-facing roof in order to get the most sunlight.

So, there are many options for roof replacement. Your best option, though, is to get with a reputable roofing contractor like Gunner to find the perfect fit for you, from the best roofing type to curb appeal to labor costs and the best manufacturer warranty.