The condition of your roof affects the value of your home. A home with a roof in poor condition won’t appraise as high as one with a newer roof, but replacing a roof is also a very large investment. Fortunately, that investment will give a pretty standard ROI of 60 to 70 percent and other benefits, such as greater energy efficiency, increased protection for your family, and improved curb appeal for your home.

When you are planning on having a new roof installed, there are many things to take into consideration. What roofing material you choose should be based on the following factors:

  • Durability
  • The existing slope of the roof and style of the home
  • Local building codes
  • The weight (making sure it is not too heavy for the existing frame)
  • The weather in your area, whether that means high temperatures or intense wind storms
  • Energy efficiency
  • Cost

You also need to know what kinds of materials are available. Understanding the different types will help enable you to make the best choices for the safety and beauty of your home.

These are some of the roofing materials that are currently on the market.

  1. Asphalt Shingles – Tried and true, you can see these shingles almost anywhere you look. They owe their popularity to being affordable, durable, easy to install, and easy to repair and replace.
  2. Solar Shingles – Similar to solar panels, solar shingles absorb the heat from the sun in order to create electricity for use in the home. More durable and attractive than asphalt shingles, they can help reduce energy bills in areas where sunlight is abundant.
  3. Metal Shingles – The versatility of metal allows it to come in different shapes, including shingles or metal roofing panels. They can mimic Spanish tile and even wood shake shingles. Metal roofs are strong options that lock moisture and UV rays out, while being fire resistant.
  4. Slate Tiles – Beautiful and durable, slate is fire and heat resistant, which makes it an excellent choice for areas that experience severe temperature highs and lows.
  5. Clay Tiles – Perfect for people seeking a natural option, clay tiles don’t absorb much moisture and are well suited for homes and businesses that are located in hot climates.
  6. Wood Shake and Shingles – Long-lasting and energy efficient, wood shingles add a rustic mountain cabin or country farmhouse appeal to a home.
  7. Membrane Roofing – Made from thermoplastic, modified asphalt, or synthetic rubber, it comes in rolls and is applied in strips to seal the surface of a roof. It’s durable and can last up to 30 years. Membrane is usually used for commercial flat roofs or low-pitch roofs.

When you are ready to replace or repair your roof, you don’t have to make these decisions alone. The licensed roofing contractors at Bear Creek Roofing can guide you through the process of choosing your materials and obtaining a quote for roofing services. Contact us today to ask any questions or to schedule a consultation.