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When you’re choosing a roofing material for your home, there’s a considerable spread of factors to take into consideration. Of course, you want a visually pleasing roof, but there’s so much more to your roof than its aesthetic value. You should take into account durability, as well as the weather conditions it is likely to endure. 

Many homeowners don’t even know where to begin when it comes to these things, though. At Superior Roofing, we’re here to share a few important things to consider when choosing material for your roof.

Weight

Not many people take the importance of the roofing material into account, but it is relevant. A lightweight roof can significantly decrease roofing installation costs. Choosing a material that is lighter than your current roofing material can prevent you from having to shell out too much for a replacement. The best lightweight options are asphalt shingles and metal roofing. These materials are durable, so you won’t need to worry about further work for some time.

Durability

Your roof must be able to stand up to the elements. Durability should be one of your most important considerations when choosing a material. The best material choice depends mostly on where you live in the country. Strong winds, extreme temperatures, insect infestations, torrential downpours, and risk of fire are possible anywhere in the United States. Homeowners should opt for a roofing system that can tolerate all kinds of weather but is also optimal for the unique climate challenges of their region. The best performing materials are tiles made from clay and concrete along with metal roofing.

Maintenance 

Because roofs are exposed to the elements, they will wear down over the years. Winds will tear shingles off, and animals can get in and cause damage. Flashing can go missing, and tiles can break. All these issues will need to be promptly remedied to protect your roof and your home. 

You should periodically check your roof to see if it requires any repairs, especially after storms. Expect to spend money on maintaining your roof throughout the years. You can shave off some of the costs by choosing a low-maintenance roof. Metal roofs are a winner here, along with asphalt shingles. Both choices can stand up to the elements and remain functional while still being a highly attractive roofing material to set off your home.

Energy Efficiency

Your home’s roof has a direct impact on how energy-efficient your home is. To keep heating and cooling costs low, you’ll want a highly reflective roofing material. Also, consider how well ventilated your roof is. Certain materials like ceramic or clay tiles can also provide an extra layer of insulation through the air pocket they create. Metal roofing solutions are an excellent choice for reflectivity, and asphalt shingles are excellent for helping your attic to stay cool.

If you need some help choosing the right roofing material for your home, get in touch with our team today at (434)284-3981 for a free consultation.

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