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How Do I Choose the Right Roofing Material for My Roof Replacement?

January 24th, 2022 | 6 min. read

How Do I Choose the Right Roofing Material for My Roof Replacement?

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The roofing material you choose has a huge impact on the price of your new roof, how long it’ll last, and more. This makes picking a roofing material for your roof replacement a pretty big decision. 

Apart from hiring a roofing contractor, it’s actually the most important decision you’ll have to make. But how do you make this decision without experiencing buyer’s remorse?

For over 30 years, the team at Bill Ragan Roofing has helped homeowners find the perfect material fit for their situation. Now we’ll help you find the right roofing material by answering some simple but important questions. 

In this article, you’ll go through the questions every homeowner should ask themselves when starting the decision-making process. I also include examples and comparisons of different roofing materials to help kickstart your decision. 

What’s my budget for a roof replacement?

While a roof replacement will always be expensive, the roofing material you choose has a huge impact on the price. That’s why the first thing you need to ask yourself is what your budget is and how much you’re willing to spend. 

An asphalt shingle roof is a great option if you’re looking for affordability. The affordability alone is why architectural asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material on the market. 

On the other hand, you could consider a premium roof system if you have a bigger budget. But just know, the price jump could be significant. 

Even if you want to go to a luxury asphalt shingle, it’ll be around double the price of an architectural asphalt shingle. But that only scratches the surface of the price jump. 

If you’re interested in a standing seam metal roof, it’ll cost more than triple the price of an architectural asphalt shingle. Once you get to composite shingles, cedar shakes, and slate tiles, you’re looking at roof systems many homeowners won’t be able to afford. 

The important thing is not to break the bank when making your decision. Choose the roofing material that fits your budget and make sure to invest in quality on the specific roof system. 

How long do I want my roof to last?

You just learned a new roof is a sizable investment no matter which type of roofing material you choose. But just like every other investment, you do get a return. 

This return is the number of years you get out of it. That’s why you need to ask yourself how long you want your roof to last. 

The 3 types of asphalt shingles have a lifespan range of around 25-30 years, depending on which one you choose. A cedar shake roof’s lifespan is also around 30 years but can get up to 50 years if you live in an area with the right conditions. 

If you’re looking for a little more durability and longevity, a composite shingle roof (40-50 years) and a standing seam metal roof (50 years) are great options. But if you’re looking for the longest-lasting roof system, a slate roof has a lifespan of 75 to 100 years. 

The lifespans above won’t be exact due to the different factors that impact a roof’s life. But as long as you invest in quality materials and hire a great roofing contractor, your roof should get close to the maximum lifespan no matter which material you choose. 

Are warranties important to me?

There are two types of warranties you get on a new roof. You’ll have one from the manufacturer on the materials themselves and one on your roofing contractor’s workmanship. 

While the workmanship warranty depends on your specific roofing contractor, every roofing material offers a different type of material warranty. That’s why it’s important to consider how important getting the best material warranty is to you.  

All three asphalt shingles have a warranty on the materials themselves. Depending on which one you choose, they come out of the package with a 25 to 30 year prorated warranty. 

But architectural and luxury asphalt shingles also have the option for an enhanced 50-year non-prorated warranty. On the other hand, a standing seam metal roof has a 30-year warranty specifically on the painted finish instead of the actual materials.

Natural materials (cedar shake or slate) don’t come with a material warranty because they naturally occur and aren’t made by a manufacturer. This only leaves your roofing contractor’s workmanship warranty to rely on if there’s ever a problem.  

How important is curb appeal to me?

The last question on this list isn’t necessarily the most important. However, you need to ask yourself how important your home’s curb appeal is when making your final decision. 

No matter what, a new roof improves your home’s curb appeal. But the type of roofing material you choose determines how much it boosts your home’s look. 

architectural asphalt shingle roof(Architectural asphalt shingle roof)

An architectural asphalt shingle roof is the most commonly seen around the country and makes a good-looking roof. But it doesn’t make your home stand out from the rest of your neighborhood. 

standing seam metal roof(Standing seam metal roof)

If curb appeal isn’t important to your decision-making process, I recommend going with an architectural asphalt shingle roof. If you want to take it to another level, a luxury asphalt shingle roof or a standing seam metal roof are great options. 

composite (synthetic) slate roof(Composite slate roof)

You can even add a metal accent to your asphalt shingle roof to raise its curb appeal a little bit more. But if you’re looking for the best-looking roofs on the market, you should consider a composite (synthetic) roof, cedar shake roof, or slate roof. 

Choose your roofing material with this roof replacement buyer’s guide

Now you know the 4 main questions to ask yourself to find the right roofing material for your replacement. Throughout this article, I gave examples of different roofing materials and compared them to give you an idea of which one fits your needs. 

While this is a great start to the decision-making process, you can’t truly choose the right one for you based on this article alone. Now, you can keep researching the different types to find the perfect fit. 

But this can be time-consuming and leaves you with a lot of information to digest with no way to refer back to the source material. Wouldn’t it be great if all of the information for these materials were in one place for you to easily download?

That’s exactly what the Complete Guide to Purchasing a Roof is for. The free buyer’s guide includes the advantages and disadvantages of each roofing material, plus how much they cost, and so much more. 

Since 1990, the team at Bill Ragan Roofing has provided high-quality roof replacements to homeowners in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee areas. We work with you and your budget to get a beautiful new roof that’s protected by our lifetime workmanship warranty. 

If you’re local to Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, Belle Meade, and another surrounding Middle Tennessee area, don’t hesitate to contact us to get the beautiful roof you deserve. 

Here’s your Complete Guide to Purchasing a Roof, so you have the power to choose the right roofing material for your upcoming roof replacement.

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