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Who says you can’t make a fashion statement with your roof? With all the different textures and color variations available with the various types of roofing, you can really make the exterior of your home shine with style. But when choosing a roofing type, it’s also important to look at the material’s functionality for your type of home and the climate conditions in your area. Let’s take a look at each of the five types of roofing shingles and compare important elements, like features, lifespan and costs.

Roofing Material Comparison Chart

Roofing Types Characteristics Lifespan Cost*
Asphalt Shingles Lots of color and texture options. Durable. Versatile for any type of home exterior, from stucco to siding. 20 years, depending on climate. Lifetime guarantee with certain Roofing Annex options. Economical, $75-$200 per square
Cedar Shingles & Shakes As the only renewable roofing type, the natural cedar is ideal for those looking for “green” options. Durable in any climate. Blends well with natural or rustic surroundings. 25 to 35 years, depending on climate Moderate, $165-$450 per square
Slate Roofing Can be cut into different sizes and shapes. Rich texture makes for an aesthetically pleasing roof. Mineral components create color variations, adding to the beauty of the material. 75 years Expensive, $1,000-$2,00 per square
Tile Roofing Available in concrete or clay and flat or curved styles, with treatments applied for a glazed or textured look. Wide range of color hues. Made from environmentally friendly, naturally-occurring material. 50-70 years Moderate, $300-$600 per square for concrete; $800-$1,000 for clay
Synthetic Roofing Made from recyclable materials, providing a “green” option. Gives the look of slate, cedar, or tile, but longer-lasting. 50-plus years Moderate, $400-$650 per square
Metal Roofing Appealing look. Strong and versatile design. Large range of color options. Made from recyclable materials. Perfect as a sustainable building solution. 50 years Affordable, but higher cost to install, $200-$650 per square

*Cost based on labor and materials is estimate only, with 100 square feet equaling one square

Roofing Performance and Your Home

If you live in an area that experiences extreme weather conditions, roofing performance needs to be a major consideration when deciding on roofing materials. After all, you’re going to be relying on your roof to keep you and your family safe and well protected against the elements. When discussing roofing material options with your Roofing Annex representative, consider these factors if they impact your area:

  • Wind Resistant – This tells you the wind speed the roofing can withstand without compromising its integrity. For example, asphalt shingles can withstand 130 mph winds, while cedar shingles and shakes can handle 245 mph winds.
  • High Temperatures – This indicates the temperature degrees the roofing type can withstand. For example, tile roofing is known for its durability in high temperatures and strong winds.
  • Snow and Hail Resistant – Designates which types of roofing shingles can perform in cold, stormy climates. Metal roofing and synthetic roofing are proven to withstand heavy snow and ice build-up.
  • Insulation Resistance Value – This determines the energy efficiency of the roof or how well the roofing material insulates your home from hot or cold temperatures. Although western red cedar provides the greatest insulation than any other roofing material, metal roofing and slate roofing are also ideal choices for those looking for an energy efficient roof.
  • Fireproof – This indicates whether the roofing material is fire resistant. For example, metal roofs are fire retardant, while slate tile roofs are fireproof.

Because so many factors need to be considered when choosing a roofing type for your home, rely on the Roofing Annex representatives for assistance. They can help you make the best selection for your home by providing you with examples of roofing materials, performance grades, color and style choices, and cost comparisons.


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