There are so many types of roofing materials out there today you have a lot of choices. There is the traditional asphalt shingle roof, shingles made from composite recycled materials, tile roofs, slate roofs, flat tar roofs, and wood shingles to name a few.
Before you begin making a decision it is important to consider the structure of your home. Certain roofing materials may be too heavy for the design of your home. The only way to figure this out is to have a professional roofer inspect your current roof (they may also need to call in a home inspector). Slate roofing and tile roofing is heavier than traditional wood and asphalt shingles. The last thing you want to do is install a roof that compromises the integrity of your structure.
Another aspect you must consider is longevity of the product. How long do you plan on staying in your home? What is your current budget? Typically a slate roof lasts the longest, but it is more expensive up front. However if it is in your budget and your house can handle the weight a slate roof will save you a lot of money on roof replacements over a lifetime. There are also lifetime warranties being offered now by companies such as GAF on their shingles. MCAS Roofing offers these warranties at an additional cost to all Westchester NY and Putnam NY customers.
The climate of your roof is another factor to think about. Many types of roofing material we have discussed are good for the drastic temperature changes we experience here in the northeast. So this is not too much of a factor here. In the extreme cold and extreme heat asphalt shingles are probably something you should stay away from.
The final decision you need to make once a professional helps you decide what roofing materials you need to stay away from is the design. What type of look are you going for? If you want a classic look slate is beautiful. In our opinion it is the best looking material out there, but it must fit the design of your home. A stone or brick house looks great with a slate roof. If you want the villa look, maybe go with a tile roof. If you have traditional wood, vinyl, or aluminum siding asphalt shingles are probably the best roofing material to use. Our design team at MCAS Roofing can help make the best choice for you.
When it comes down to it, there a variety of options and there is no one roofing material that can be considered the best. If you are building a new home, your options are limitless as long as the type of material is taken into account when designing the plans. Contact MCAS Roofing for a consultation and we can help you decide! Take a look at our past residential and commercial work and see the variety of roofs we have done in the past.