Are you looking for the best roofing material for your home in 2021?

There are several different materials used for roofing throughout both the United States and the world. At Red Canyon, we love exploring some of the different options available to homeowners. While we’re partial to thinking Asphalt Shingles offer the best in roofing materials, there are other options out there.

In no way are these the “best” roofing materials because what’s best for your home might not be best for your neighbors. Nonetheless, these 6 roofing materials are the most commonly installed materials and what we often recommend to homeowners when installing new roofs and roof replacements. Let’s dive in!

Top 6 Roofing Materials

1. Asphalt Roofing

asphalt shingle roof

Asphalt roofing is by far the #1 and most common roofing materials throughout the United States. One of the biggest reasons for this is because they’re easy to install quickly and they’re very cost-effective. Asphalt shingles also offer lots of options for homeowners regarding quality, price, color, style, and more! Check out our shingles here! Here are a few details on each of those:

Quality and Price

Both quality and price will likely work with each other. Higher quality will mean a higher price, and higher price will likely mean higher quality. When it comes to how much you’ll pay for a good asphalt roof, it will depend on the size of your roof and the quality of shingles you choose. For an average size home, expect to pay anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000. Your roofing contractor should be able to guide you through the price differences.

Color

When it comes to color, there are many different options from greens to blues to blacks and tans, along with everything in between. If you’re trying to pick a color for your roof, the best option is to match it to your home’s siding color. Here’s a quick guide that helps to lay out how you should approach shingle colors.

Style

Finally, style refers mostly to the way the shingles look on your roof. Different patterns and cuts of shingles will look differently. Some might also cost slightly more than others. Here’s another guide that goes over the style of shingles.

2. Metal Roofing

Metal roofing for a home

Metal roofing also comes with lots of different options. Some options include long panels others are more like shingles. Each style has its own benefits, and some will definitely be better than others, depending on the area you live in.

Quality and Price

Just like asphalt shingles, the price of metal roofing will directly affect the quality of the roofing material. But, at the same time, there aren’t too many different levels of quality when it comes to metal roofs. The biggest difference comes with types of roofing material. Two of the most common materials are copper and steel, with copper being extremely expensive.

Color and Style

The color of metal roofing can vary, and you can choose from lots of options. While in the past, there weren’t many different options when it came to the style of metal roofs. Today, there are far more options for style, and there are even options that look like asphalt shingles.

3. Slate Roofing

slate roofing on a home

Slate roofing is a lot like tile roofing, except that it’s made out of different roofing material. Slate roofs are made from an extremely durable and long-lasting roofing material that many homeowners can have on their homes for 50+ years. There are lots of different color options, but the style of slate roofing doesn’t change too much. Slate roofing almost always has the appearance of individual tiles on a roof. Slate roofing is often very expensive because it’s heavy and difficult to install.

4. Tile Roofing

tile roofing on a home

You may likely know what tile roofing looks like, even if you’ve never heard the name for it. Most homes in southern and hot states within the U.S. have tile roofing. The orange tiles help to deflect sunlight and keep the home well insulated in the cold. These tiles last for, sometimes, hundreds of years and thus can be very expensive to install. Tile roofs are fire resistant and great for hot climates.

The color of this roofing material is almost always the iconic orange color matching the dessert and dryer landscapes.

5. Wood Roofing

cedar shake roofing

Wood roofing is the age-old option that has been used for hundreds of thousands of years on homes. While the wood we use for roofing today has dramatically changed from what it used to be. Today cedar shake wood shingles are very common, but they aren’t always what’s best for your home. In areas that are prone to fires, cedar shakes, or any other wood roofing, the likelihood that your roof may catch on fire is high.

Wood shingles and roofing tend to be really expensive and, unfortunately, require a lot of upkeep.

6. Rubber Roofing

installing a rubber roof on a building

Last on our list is rubber roofing. Rubber roofing is one of the cheapest types of roofing because the installation can be completed really quickly, and the roofing material is fairly inexpensive. In most cases, rubber roofing doesn’t last very long and isn’t used on homes. The most commonplace for rubber roofing is on flat roofs for commercial buildings.

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If you’re looking for a new roof, contact Red Canyon Roofing. We provide full-service roofing in the greater Longmont and Denver, Colorado area. Contact us today for a free estimate and more information about what we can offer to you.