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Which Roofing Material is Right For Your Home?


Posted in: Roof Types


When you’re having your home’s roofing replaced or installing roofing on a new construction, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is which type of roofing material you should use. Your choice will depend on your Charleston home’s aesthetic style, your budget, and your energy efficiency needs. A roofing installation can’t be redone easily or inexpensively, so this choice takes careful consideration.

Our professionals can help you make this decision during a roof replacement, but here are a few of the things to keep in mind when you’re choosing a roofing material:

Your Home’s Architectural Design

First, take a look at the structure of your Charleston home.

The angle of your roof—which professionals call the “pitch”—is the most important factor to consider. One of the most important functions of your roof is shedding water, and the pitch helps out with that. Some roofing materials will shed water more easily, and some less. If you have a flatter roof, you’ll need to choose a material that will assist in shedding water.

Asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan than most Cincinnati roofing materials, but they’re also inexpensive and easy to replace. If you’re on a budget, they’re probably your best choice.

Also look for any pipes or chimney that come out of your roof, and for any roof intersections, or places where two downward angles of the roofing meet. These things tend to make the job a little harder, and can make it more expensive, so it’s important to take note of them when you’re working out your initial budget for the job.

The Aesthetic Design of Your Home

Also consider how the roofing material you choose will match the existing aesthetic style of your home. For instance, you may not want to pair cedar shakes with a southern colonial home. But cedar shakes can provide an excellent rustic feel to your home and will work well many different architectural styles.

Asphalt shingles will work with almost any type of architecture. And speaking of asphalt shingles, you should also consider…

Cost and Efficiency

Asphalt shingles are the cheapest of all roofing materials, which is part of why they’re so popular.

Cost is one important factor in your decision, and depending on your budget, it can increase it importance. But remember that some cheaper materials won’t last as long as more expensive ones. So you may end up saving money in the long run by spending more up-front.

Overview of Roofing Materials

  • Asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan than most Cincinnati roofing materials, but they’re also inexpensive and easy to replace. If you’re on a budget, they’re probably your best choice.

  • Cedar shakes are more expensive but can last for up to 30 years. They can be stained or painted, and depending on the home, they can be very attractive.

  • Concrete tile is increasing in popularity. It’s very durable, long-lasting, and can help with the energy efficiency of your home.

  • Metal roofing is available in several different types of metal. If it’s properly installed, it can make your home much more energy efficient. It’s very easy to clean, will require almost no maintenance, and will last a lifetime.

If you’re looking for roofing services in Charleston, call Charleston Roofing and Exteriors, LLC at 843-203-5555, or fill out our online request form.


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