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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

What Do I Use For Repair and Replacement? A Roofing Material Comparison

Man Repairing Roof

A roof is an essential part of your home, and it must be maintained and repaired regularly to avoid more costly repairs and damage to your home and belongings.

How do I know when to repair or replace my roof?

Doing regular inspections of your roof, gutters, and downspouts will tell you much about its condition. If you notice areas where shingles are peeling, falling off, or missing entirely, it is time for repair and possible replacement. If you see granules in your gutters and downspouts, this is a sign that shingles are wearing thin, and they will eventually be useless against the elements. Water damage inside your home or pooling water on your roof is a sign that its effectiveness in protecting your home against rain, wind, and snow has been compromised. If the area of concern is widespread or large enough, you might need to consider a total roof replacement.

What type of materials are options for replacing my roof?

When considering roof repair and replacement, you need to ask yourself---and your roofing contractor--several questions to determine which material is right for you. For instance:

How heavy is the material? Will it require specialized framing?

Does this material come in colors and styles that complement my home?

Is this material within my budget?

Are there unique installation or maintenance issues to consider?

What is the lifespan of this particular type of roof?

Knowing what you are getting is an essential step in making sure you are satisfied with your choices. Take a look at these options for roofing, and see what you can do to create the look and feel that will enhance the appearance of your entire home:

  1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles are the most common type of material used for American homes. Asphalt is cost-effective and easy to install; they can also be reinforced with fiberglass or cellulose as a means of making them last a bit longer. Coming in a variety of styles and colors, you can create a customized look for a fair price with asphalt. An asphalt roof that is properly cared for can last anywhere from 10-25 years.

  2. Clay or concrete tiles: Both clay and concrete add an element of elegance and texture to your roofline. Clay tiles are incredibly durable, but they are quite heavy; they should be installed by a professional for best results. Concrete slabs are also heavy and a bit cumbersome to install, but their durability is second to none; it is not uncommon for a concrete roof to last 40-50 years with proper care.

  3. Metal roofing: Metal roofs are desired for their resistance to extreme weather conditions---heat, cold, wind, and torrential rains. Metal roofing comes in large panels or shingles, and metals typically used are aluminum, zinc, copper, and steel. Metal roofing is lightweight, light-reflective, recyclable, and very long-lasting, making it ideal for those who want a little less maintenance. Metal roofing retains its beauty and strength for 30-75 years, depending on the climate in which you live.

  4. Slate roofing: Slate roofing is beautiful, but it requires a little extra care with maintenance and installation. Slate requires additional framing, and the plates are heavy, so professional installation is needed. On the upside, slate is extremely fire resistant and it is recyclable, making it an attractive option for many. Slate roofing’s durability is an attractive feature----slate can last upwards of 50 years before replacement is needed.

  5. Wooden shingles and shakes: Wooden shingles and shakes have been a popular choice for homeowners for years; due to their attractive appearance, pleasing aging pattern, and their biodegradability. They can be a concern if you live in areas that are prone to excess moisture, as they can develop mold and moss, they are an economical option for replacing your roof and improving its appearance. Wood shingles and shakes can last up to 30 years with minimal maintenance and repair.

  6. Synthetic materials: Materials such as polymer, plastic, and rubber give homeowners attractive options for creating a look and feel to a roof that is uniquely you. They come in an array of styles and colors that mimic the look of traditional shingles, yet they are designed to be quite durable and cost-efficient. The price of synthetic materials is quite reasonable, and they can last 30 years and beyond.

What will you choose for your next roofing project? Choose us!

Len’s Roofing, Inc. specializes in repairing and installing all types of roofs---from metal to asphalt to tile and beyond; we use the highest quality materials, adhere to strict industry standards and guidelines, and commit to making sure that you, our valued customer, are satisfied. What will you choose for your next roof? Call us today at 941-896-7897 or visit us at so that we can help you determine which type of roof is best for you. A beautiful new roof and a newly improved home is just a click away!


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