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Different Types of Roofing Materials to Consider for Your New House

Congratulations! You just bought a new home. After months of thinking about it, you finally achieved the house you have been wanting. But of course, you need to get it inspected and hire home inspectors to inspect your new home.

However, they give you a detailed inspection report and you find out that the roofing of your home is already worn out.

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Different Types of Roofing Materials to Consider for Your New House

Roofing your house is essential especially when you’re doing house remodeling. Remodeling your house may be fun and exciting but when you see a leak in your house, you might be stressed out.

A dry and tightly sealed house begins to look attractive when you prioritize it. A beautiful new roof can improve the overall aesthetics and the curb appeal of your house.

There is a wide variety of roofing materials for you to choose from, and doing a little bit of research may lead you to consider a new type of roofing rather than just replacing it with the same material you have currently.

You should choose the right roofing material with your preferred appearance, last in the long run, suit your budget, and improve the structural integrity of your house.

In this article, we have put up a list of roofing materials to consider when it’s already time to replace your roofing.

Rolled Roofing

Rolled roofing is the foundation of low-slope residential roofs, but out-buildings like small shops and sheds also use this kind of roofing.

Rolled roofing is composed of asphalt-impregnated and mineral-impregnated material finished with mineral granules. These strips of thin roofing material provide a fast, convenient, and cheap way to cover a low-sloped roof.

Rolled roofing is the best material when you’re on a budget, and when you don’t consider the appearance of your roof. Rolled roofing can be applied using the torch-on method, or with roofing nails.

When you purchase a roll of rolled roofing, you get about 100 square feet of roofing which costs around $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot, which is relatively inexpensive. Rolled roofing lasts about 10 years on average before it needs replacement.

Built-Up Roofing

Built-up roofing is one of the common options for flat roofs. Built-up roofing systems are composed of roofing felt impregnated with asphalt that is applied with heat.

The felt is applied in overlapping layers to form two to four layers, then a layer of finely crushed stone is implanted in hot tar in order to create a durable, impassable roof.

Built-up roofs are also relatively inexpensive, which costs around $2.50 to $5 per square foot. According to industry surveys state that a properly installed built-up roof can last 20 to 30 years on average.


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Membrane Roofing

Membrane roofs are also a great choice for flat or low-pitched roofs. There are a variety of membrane roofs that can be used, such as:

  • Neoprene (polychloroprene)
  • EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer)
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
  • Chlorinated polyethylene and chlorosulfonated polyethylene sheets
  • Polymer-modified bitumens

EPDM or ethylene propylene diene monomer is one of the best membrane roofs to use. EPDM is a synthetic material usually referred to as “rubber roofing”.

Like rolled asphalt roofing, EPDM can also be applied in large sheets that curb the seams where water can pass through.

Membrane roof costs range from $3 to $4 when installed, and can last around 20 to 35 years when the roof is maintained properly.

Asphalt Composite Shingles

These shingles are a trend among roofing materials in North America. These asphalt shingles are composed of a fiberglass base, finished with asphalt and mineral granules.

Asphalt composite shingles are the best when it comes to adapting to a roof’s movement because of expansion and contraction.

Almost every roofing company like Rockland County Roofing is familiar with this material, and can easily install these shingles.

These asphalt composite shingles cost around $1.50 to $3.50 square foot when installed. These shingles also have a 20 to 30 years warranty and have a lifespan of 12 to 30 years depending on the shingle’s quality and conditions.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

The seam roof is the most common type of metal roof because these roofs are made of aluminum or steel roofing panels that meet in raised seams that connect to keep moisture out.

Metal roofs like this are popular in areas where there is a heavy snowfall or there is a potential danger of wildfires since this roofing material is fireproof.

Seam roofs cost around $6 to $12 per square foot when installed. The average lifespan of metal roofs usually lasts 30 to 50 years, but some are known to last up to 75 years.

Wood Shingles

These wood shingles are very attractive; however, they are quite pricey and they have their restrictions. These are shingles that aren’t long-living, and they are not recommended for areas with high moisture and a high risk of wildfires.

However, these shingles look attractive, and they are best if you’re looking for a roofing material that is focused on aesthetics.

These wood shingles cost about $4.50 to $9 per square foot when installed. Wood shake roofs are more expensive, ranging from $6.50 to $11 per square foot when installed.

The longevity of these wood shingles depends on different circumstances and maintenance. In dry climates, wood shingles or shake roofs can last 60 years. On the other hand, in damp areas, these shingles only last around 20 years.\

Clay Tile

This roofing material is earthen clays molded into interlocked shapes and heated up for hardness. This type of roofing is the best choice for areas with hot climates.

Clay tiles are an expensive roofing material. Costs range from $10 to $19 per square foot when installed. But this roofing material is worth investing in because its lifespan can last more than a century.

There are a lot of choices you can select on roofing materials, choose what best suits you and focus on the function and aesthetic appeal of your roofing material.


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