It’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to replacing your roof and, with the amount of roofing products available, it’s more than enough to overwhelm any Cleveland homeowner. With such a variety of roofing products, it’s extremely important to find out as much as you can about each option. Below are the top four roofing materials used in the Cleveland, OH and, to make your selection as simple as possible, we’ve explained the pros and cons of each product so you can be sure and make the best decision for your next roofing replacement project.
1. Fiberglass/Asphalt Shingles
This product accounts for about 80% of the market and offers a lot of advantages. Compared to most other types of roofing material, fiberglass or asphalt shingles have a very affordable price point and offer an extensive variety of styles and colors to choose from. This product is available in grades that offer good fire resistance, wind warranties up to 130 mph when installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements, class three and four impact resistance, and product warranties up to 50 years. However, it is important to note that due to the incredible range of choices within this product you have to make sure you are selecting the best quality for your roof. With such a large variation in quality, not all shingles will offer the same benefits and, depending of the quality of shingle you choose, your new roof could last anywhere from 15 to 50 years. So do your research and make sure the fiberglass/asphalt shingle you select is going to give you the exact quality you are looking for.
2. Metal Roofing
Metal roofing products have an incredibly long life and are popular for both low and steep pitched roofs. This product is also available in a Class A fire rating and offers a high level of wind resistance when installed to meet the proper requirements. Just as with traditional shingles, metal roofing comes in a large variety of styles and colors but unlike fiberglass or asphalt shingles, metal roofing products can have a lifespan that will last generations. When properly maintained, this product can last longer than 100 years; some metal roofs have lasted for centuries. Metal roofs also have strong solar reflective properties, reducing the amount of heat absorbed by your roof, and a slick surface that will enhance its ability to allow increased snow and water runoff. Metal roofing products, however, can cost upwards of two to three times more than traditional, fiberglass/asphalt shingling.
3. Slate Roofing
While slate roofing products are extremely expensive, there are some incredible benefits to making the extra investment. Not only do slate roofs have a very long lifespan when installed and maintained properly, but they are also completely fire proof and have a stunningly beautiful appearance. They do offer some variety in coloring but it is a fairly limited selection. Beyond the higher price tag, however, there are a few major drawbacks when choosing a slate roofing product for your new installation. Finding a qualified slate roofing installer can be an exhausting search, especially because you need to take the time to find a roofing contractor who is very experienced with this type of installation and repair. And, due to the extra weight of a slate roof, most modern roofs have to be restructured in order to take the additional weight and meet standard requirements for roof infrastructure.
4. Concrete (Cement) or Clay Roofing Tiles
This type of roofing product is rapidly growing in popularity due to the fact that it can be fashioned to look just like its wood or ceramic tile counterparts, but without the majority of the drawbacks that come with using the real thing. Both wood and ceramic tile roofs are more fragile and have a shorter longevity than cement or clay tiling. Both concrete and clay tile roofs tend to last a very long time, provide amazing fire protection, require very little maintenance and are generally lighter and more affordable than ceramic options. Plus with an incredible array of styles and colors to choose from, concrete and clay roofing products give you a tremendous amount of flexibility.