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You have many Roofing Options to choose from today… from asphalt shingles, slate, metal and clay tile.

When choosing the right roof for you, consider the life span, ease of maintenance and cost for each roofing material.

We’ve got the solution to your roofing problems and are more than happy to show you which roofing material will best suit your needs and budget.

Here are a few of the options available today and their pros and cons.

Asphalt Shingles

It’s estimated that 75% of homes have shingled roofs due to the lower cost of the materials.

Here are the Pros and Cons.

PROS: Asphalt Shingles

  • Besides the cheaper price another great feature is that the asphalt shingles are available in a wide array of colors giving you ease in matching the color of your home.
  • With the advancement of the asphalt shingle you can now get them in different textures and a variety of thickness.
  • Some are even treatable for mold and mildew bringing more life to the roof of your home.
  • In addition, installation of asphalt shingles is an easier task compared to other materials and this saves you money when it comes time to pay the roofing contractor.

CONS: Asphalt Shingles

  • Because of the materials used to make asphalt shingles, it is best to avoid installing in really cold weather. Doing so could shorten the life of your roof.
  • The asphalt shingle stands the possibility of deterioration during sudden weather changes.
  • Any ventilation issues in your attic could shorten the life-span of your roof top due to mold and mildew.
  • Asphalt is mostly easy to maintain but more frequent inspections of your roof may be necessary to check for lifting or wear and tear to the shingles.
One other note about asphalt shingles…

These shingles come in two types, organic and fiberglass.

Organic shingles are a paper product that is coated with asphalt that makes them waterproof.

Fiberglass shingles use a fiberglass, resin coating which provides a little more protection when it comes to fires.

There are always new developments and technology that are improving asphalt shingles, call us to discover the latest and greatest advancements with asphalt shingles.

Clay or Concrete Tiles

To begin with, here is the difference between clay and concrete…

Clay tiles are made from earth’s natural clay and are baked in a kiln to remove moisture.

Concrete tiles are man-made and are derived from cement added to lime, sand and water. Concrete tiles can be mixed with dyes to create a certain color or they can be left their natural gray color depending on the homeowner’s choice.

When it comes to cost for consideration, a clay roof will cost you about double the price of concrete. This is due to the manufacturing process of drying the natural clay.

PROS: Clay or Concrete

  • Both clay and concrete are the strongest roofing materials. They are both maintenance friendly and durable.
  • Mother Nature has a difficult time destroying both concrete and clay tiles. This roofing material can withstand rain, sleet, hail and high winds and can stand up to snow like no other roofing materials.
  • Clay or concrete roofing is energy efficient due to their natural resistance to heat and will save you money on your energy costs.
  • Lifespan is another advantage. These tiles will endure for year after year.
  • Aesthetically appealing to the homeowner’s eye, these tiles are offered in different shapes and colors and leave a real southwestern feel to the home.

CONS: Clay or Concrete

  • The cost of these materials is higher than any of the other materials available.
  • The weight creates an issue for some homeowners as well. Because of the weight your wood that makes up your attic will have to be reinforced to handle concrete or clay tiles. This will be an added cost to you.
  • These tiles can be fragile to walk on. So, rooftop maintenance and inspections should be left to the pros that have experience walking on the tiles to avoid breakage and damage.
  • Where the tiles themselves are durable, the underlayment can go bad anywhere from 10 – 20 years from installation. This may require a roofing expert come and removed the tiles from your roof, replace the underlayment and reinstall the clay or concrete tiles. This too can be costly.

This is extra heavy material also which provides ups and downs as a roofing choice.

PROS: Slate

  • It is durable and could last up to 100 years. This compared to having to replace asphalt shingles every 20 to 30 years.
  • On the green scale, these are an excellent choice because they are recyclable.
  • Slate is a natural material and therefore gives a unique look and feel to the roof.
  • Slate provides fire protection to your home.

CONS: Slate

  • Slate roof installation requires someone who is experienced with the slate materials. Be sure to ask your roofing company about the experience they have with these installations and ask them for references to help back that up. A poorly installed slate roof will deteriorate faster than a shingle rooftop.
  • The weight of the slate tiles is extreme. So, be sure to have your home checked to be sure the wood attic structure can handle the extra weight.
  • Fragility when walked on can be a disadvantage as well. Be sure to use an expert when it comes time to inspect, clean and maintain your slate roof.
  • Cost is another possible negative. The slate tiles are more expensive than other roofing materials.

Metal roofs are typically lighter than many of the other roofing materials and may be a good choice for your roof. Metal roofs are made from materials such as aluminum, copper, zinc and stainless steel.

PROS: Metal

  • These metals are more lightweight than the concrete or slate materials. The attic’s structure will not require as much enforcement.
  • The durability provides a lifespan 20 – 30 years greater than an asphalt rooftop.
  • Metal provides a great option for larger building such as businesses. This is due to a combination of its strength and lower weight levels.
  • This roof is a life-saver with Mother Nature’s effects. It is fire resistant, as well as the strength to withstand hail and heavy rains and winds. And, much of the snowfall tends to slip off the rooftop on its own.
  • Metal roofs are energy efficient saving on heating and cooling costs.
  • Metal roofs do not rot, split or crack.

CONS: Metal

  • Possible corrosion can happen with metal roofs requiring roof inspections and additional maintenance.
  • Metal roofs can be tricky to walk on because many metals are very slippery. Again, call an expert when it comes time to go up on the roof.
  • Noise from the elements of weather can be an issue to homeowners.
And, the metal offers wonderful reflection qualities and helps keep a house cooler in warm weather, and withstands more adverse weather conditions.

All of this can be overwhelming trying to figure out what material is best for your roof situation and your budget.

That’s why you want to call 303-466-0161 and talk with Reitz Roofing or email us and schedule a time so you can talk with a professional who can help you choose the right roof for you.

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