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    What Type of Roof is Best for Your Home?

    By Mike Farist

    Imagine you have just decided to replace the roof of your home, what’s your next step? While there are many important decisions to be made throughout the project, the type of roof you want for your house is a choice that requires particularly careful consideration.

    As you begin your research, you must consider which roof materials provide both the best functionality for your home, and create the look and feel you want. The location of your home and the typical weather for that area will also help inform your decision. To help you determine which type of roof is best for your home, we have compiled a list of the most popular roof choices:          

    Asphalt Shingles

    • There are two types to choose from: fiberglass reinforced shingles and organic shingles (reinforced by paper or wood fiber)
    • These shingles are durable, lasting 15 to 20 years typically in Ohio
    • There is a variety of colors and styles to choose from
    • They are easily replaced and cost-effective

    Metal Roofing

    • Highly durable against extreme weather, including strong winds
    • Aesthetically pleasing, with lasting colors and a variety of styles
    • Rarely require maintenance or repair
    • Can add value to your home
    • Long lasting, metal roofs can last 50 years or more
    • Energy-efficient, metal roofs will prevent extra AC costs

    Tile Roofing

    • They are popular for aesthetic appeal, strength and durability
    • This roof type is affordable in the long term
    • Options of concrete, rubber or clay for tile roofs
    • More expensive due to materials and strong support frame

    Flat and Low Slope Roofing

    • Require a continuous membrane covering
    • More expensive options use sealed metal roofs with tin or copper
    • This type has some cost and environmental concerns, but when built well can withstand performance demands
    • 3 types that all have benefits: EPDM, TPO and PVC

    These are just a few aspects of the various roof types available as you begin to consider your options. Just remember, while it may seem tempting with so many project decisions to be made to simply choose the cheapest roof material available or to go with whatever type a professional recommends, there is great value in taking the time to consider what roof is truly right for you.