From Least Maintenance To Most Maintenance Required: Residential Roofing Options

When your home is due for a new roof, you have so many options now. You could replace the asphalt shingles you currently have with more asphalt shingles, but why do that when you can explore all of the other residential roofing options available? In fact, it is in your best interests to review your options because some roofing materials are more high-maintenance than others. From least maintenance to most maintenance required, here are all of your roofing choices. 

Metal Roofing

No other roofing material is as low maintenance as metal roofing. Metal roofs require no repairs and no cleaning, and are almost always guaranteed for fifty or more years. There are also metal roof designs that look like any other kind of roofing material, from asphalt shingles to shaker wood shingles, providing you with the look of other, higher maintenance materials without the high maintenance.

Asphalt Shingles

Surprisingly, asphalt shingles are lower maintenance than two other roofing choices. They will last longer than other options, but not as long as metal roofing. If you do not want metal roofing but you still want the reasonably low maintenance option, then replacing the asphalt shingle roofing you currently have with another asphalt shingle roof is the way to go. 

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are treated against rot and insects. However, they will need a little more maintenance because they are wood. You need to have the roof with wood shingles inspected annually to make sure none of the shingles are badly damaged by weather or insects. It also helps to spray the shingles annually with more anti-weathering and anti-insect chemicals. People like the look of the wood shingles because it gives a home that "gingerbread" or "Nordic" appearance. 

Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta tiles are excellent where it is either really rainy a lot or where it is frequently too hot to do anything else but sit. They look best on houses that have a very Southwestern feel or on houses that have stucco siding. If you should choose terracotta tiles for your new roof, you should be aware that they are one of the highest maintenance materials you can put on your roof because they can shatter and break easily. Hail damage is a definite problem for these tiles, and rain can get through any inadvertent cracks and spaces left behind when installing this kind of roof. The proper underlayment is key, so make sure that it is part of the estimate if you choose this roofing material. 

For more information, reach out to residential roofing companies.