Asphalt, metal, tile, wood shake, slate— when it comes to your roof, the possibilities are seemingly endless. Choosing the right roofer and a new roof might feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Use the list below to help you make the best, most informed choice for your home.
Asphalt shingles are a tried and true classic. They’re light, easy to install, and give your home a classic feel. Homeowners are drawn to their low cost and their durability— quality shingles can last for decades.
3 Tab Shingles
If you’re considering asphalt shingles, the traditional 3-tab design is likely what you have in mind. Simple, flat tabs provide a sleek and no-nonsense look that’s been a mainstay of American homes for generations. With an average lifespan of 10-20 years and a wind uplift rating of 60-70 mph, 3-tab shingles are a great entry-level choice.
Architectural shingles (often called laminated or composition shingles) are another option. Architectural shingles create an overlapped look that adds a touch of style to your roof. Though they are more expensive than 3-tab shingles, they last for a minimum of 30 years and have a wind uplift rating of 110-130 mph.
Premium Shingles – Class 4
As their name suggests, premium shingles are the best asphalt choice that money can buy. Like architectural shingles, premium shingles provide a sophisticated layered look. They have a wind uplift rating of up to 130 mph and boast a lifetime warranty. Premium shingles are extremely durable but are more expensive than both 3-tab and architectural shingles.
Create a roof that is hail proof and virtually impossible to damage! The class 4 shingles in RJ Construction’s “Hail-Proof Roof” in Kansas City and Dallas – Forth are insured up to 2-inches of impact. This tough roof comes with a bumper-to-bumper warranty for 50 years. No matter the issue, the chances are highly unlikely you’ll ever pay for a roof again!
Metal roofs are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason— they’re light (even lighter than asphalt), extremely water resistant, and fireproof. Metal roofs are a particularly good choice for homes in very wet or very dry areas. Snow will slide off, rain won’t seep in, and fire won’t catch. They’re also praised for their heat conduction, reflecting the sun’s rays and minimizing heat gain in the warm summer months. Metal roofs can be installed as panels or as shingles and typically come with a lifetime warranty. They are a more expensive option, with a price point similar to other premium roofing materials.
Tile roofs are an unexpected yet stylish choice. Their rich, earthy colors are eye-catching, bold, and known for their decorative quality. Tiles can either lay flat or overlap, allowing greater aesthetic control and personalization. Tiles are significantly heavier than other roofing materials and are not suitable for all homes.
Concrete tiles can simulate the appearance of slate, wood shake, and even stone shingles. They are watertight and fireproof, offering protection against extreme weather. Concrete tiles typically last up to 50 years and have a wind uplift rating of 130 mph or greater. Concrete tiles may crack and shatter in cold weather and are best suited for warmer environments.
Clay tiles provide a classic old-world look and are often used on the roofs of Spanish colonial and mission-style homes. They are also watertight and fireproof and have a wind uplift rating of 130 mph. Though they are more expensive than concrete tiles, most clay tiles have a lifetime warranty. Like concrete tiles, clay tiles may crack in cold weather and are best suited for houses in warm climates.
Wood shake and wood shingles are traditionally made of pine, cypress, cedar, or redwood. Typically, thicker on one end than the other, wood shake flares when overlapped and provides a rustic look. Wood shake is treated and sealed to provided added weather resistance. Wood shingles, particularly cedar shingles, provide natural insulation and may help to reduce energy costs. They can last up to 40 years and boast an incredible wind uplift rating of up to 245 mph. The price of wood shake is comparable to that of other premium roofing materials. Wood shake is not suitable for extremely dry or extremely wet climates— it is more susceptible to fire than other roofing materials, and humidity may cause it to warp and expand over time.
Like asphalt roofs, slate roofs provide a sophisticated, classic look. Slate roofs are more expensive than other options but are known for their strength and beauty. The natural stone is durable, fireproof, and is typically given a lifetime warranty. Slate is non-porous and offers protection from extreme weather, able to withstand wind of 160 mph or greater. Like tile, slate is heavy and is not suitable for all homes.
Before installation, please consult RJ’s residential and commercial contractor and roofers in Kansas City and DFW to determine which type of roof and roofer is right for you.