Choosing the Right Roofing Materials for Your Home

When your house needs a new roof, there are so many different types of roofing materials to choose from that you may become confused about which is the right resource to use for your home’s protection. One of the most important things a homeowner must understand when searching through common and architectural shingles is the roof’s pitch and how possible materials will work with that incline. However, there are many other considerations when choosing between tiles, shakes, and sheets. Here are some facts to help you decide.


Homeowners often choose cedar and slate shakes because of their appearance. However, many disadvantages and limitations are associated with natural elements that can be overcome by installing architecturally designed shingles. Not only do they come in a wide variety of colors and organic appearances, but the shingles can also be used on even the steepest of sloped roofs with little problem because of the design flexibility and material durability. Created from many compressed layers and designed with interlocking tabs, the architectural shingles can withstand torrential storms, UV ray discoloration, and strong winds better than other shingle materials.


Organic, asphalt, and clay roofing fabrics are prone to weather deterioration and storm breakage. As the roofing tiles or planks interact with weather extremes, they can shrink or expand and leave micro spaces that allow dirt, algae and water to enter the areas; thus, weakening the roof’s surface. With the addition of zinc and copper granules in the new designs of architecturally designed shingles, weather problems have been eliminated. They are now shrinkage, algae and mildew resistant. Along with the advantages already noted, the designed shingles can be found in styles that are resilient to breakage and are longer lasting than other types of shingles or shakes.


Call your local roofer and ask about the advantages architectural shingles can offer you and your home. The initial cost may be slightly greater than with other styles, but the architectural materials are worth the price as a long-term investment.