Residential roofing material comes in a huge variety of choices in today’s market. Depending on the slope of the roof and the cost of the roofing material that the consumer wants to stay within, there are different colors and design options to choose from that complement any style of home.
Residential roofing materials are usually pitched roofing material, since most homes have a slanted roof rather than a flat one, depending on the climate. The most common residential roofing material is composition shingles, which are composed of asphalt material, either organic or fiberglass. Asphalt residential roofing material usually costs from sixty to one hundred dollars per square, which is some of the cheapest on the market. There is also the option to use dimensional shingles which are thicker and provide a more custom appearance for the roof in addition to having a longer life, lasting up to forty years instead of twenty to thirty.
Residential roofing material for pitched roofs also includes tile or slate roofs, which are on the more expensive end of the spectrum. Slate roofs often run from six hundred to one thousand dollars, which is ten times the amount of asphalt roofs. However, both of these types of residential roofing materials last significantly longer than asphalt roofs and require less maintenance, with slate roofs lasting up to one hundred years or more.
Flat residential roofing materials are made for roofs that are of a three inch rise to twelve inch run or less. The one common residential roofing material between pitched and flat roofs is metal, which is very versatile. Metal roofing materials are of average cost, a little more than asphalt roofs but much less than slate. Metal roofing is also flexible in texture and look, offering standing seam which is the most common, but also tile and slate. This allows the consumer to create the look he wants without the cost of tile and slate. Metal roofs last up to fifty years and are also low maintenance, making them a great choice for any home.
In addition to metal, the most common and least expensive flat residential roofing materials are tar and gravel, modified bitumen and roll roofing materials. The first two are built-up roofs, meaning they use layers of materials to build the roof which is a messy process. Roll roofing material is a single layer of asphalt shingle mat, which is very inexpensive, but also only lasts for about ten years.