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The Pros and Cons of Popular Roofing Materials

The Pros and Cons of Popular Roofing Materials

You have a lot of choices when it comes to roofing materials, but which one’s the best out of the bunch? 3JM Exteriors, Inc. discusses the pros and cons of popular roofing materials like wood shake, asphalt, metal, and tile.

The Pros and Cons of Popular Roofing Materials

Wood and Asphalt

Wood is a classic material still popular today. It’s unmatched in terms of sheer visual appeal and can greatly increase the value of your home and frontage. The downside is that it’s not as strong a material and has low elemental resilience, which means it will require roof repair more often than others.

Asphalt is the main alternative to wood shake and arguably the most popular shingle material for homes. It surpasses wood shingles in both physical strength and elemental resilience, and some can even mimic the look of wood. It’s also the most affordable roofing system, with the only drawback being other roofing materials surpass it in sheer strength.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is fast becoming the “standard” roofing system for many homes, especially contemporary and more modern homes. In terms of strength and elemental resilience, it surpasses asphalt by leagues. This means it requires little to no roof repair done, making it virtually maintenance-free. With an “average” lifespan of 50 years, it’s more energy-efficient than wood and asphalt and it’s among the lightest roofing materials available. A weak point though is it requires a higher upfront investment than most roofing systems.

Tile Roofing

Tile is one of the oldest roofing materials available. You have two choices here: the classic clay or concrete. Either has a long operating lifespan, with some averaging over a hundred years! Clay tile has a few shortcomings though; it’s heavy and slightly brittle, which means it requires extra care when you do maintenance and cleaning. Both types of tile are also expensive and slightly more difficult to install.

3JM Exteriors, Inc. offers professional roof repair and installation. Give us a call at (630) 882-2422 for more information on our services. We offer roof repair and installation throughout Barrington, Northbrook, and Woodridge, IL.