Roofing Materials: A Comparison

By the time you are considering the idea of repairing or replacing your roof, you probably have a very good idea of the available roofing materials. If not, then you should have as this is important in the discussion with your roofing contractor. There are traditional considerations like the price of the material and its aesthetic compatibility with your house. You can also add durability and its resistance to the elements to the list of factors to consider. 

There are a few more features that we need to consider from Watertite roofing reviews. So to help you make up your mind, here are a few of the common roofing materials in comparison with others.

Clay tiles are quite heavy and quite expensive as well. They may require a special frame to support it. This frame needs to be installed in your house before or be built by a licensed roofer. Also, clay tiles will crack if they are frozen and thawed often, so they are very popular in warm weather. However, in the right conditions, they can last more than 100 years. Plus they require little to no upkeep at all. As long as the roof is still there, it will not need any maintenance. However, the $20 per square foot price tag might be too steep for people living in cold weather.

Metal roofs might just be the most versatile of all the roofing materials. They can be molded to look like any roofing material you like, from Victorian shingles to wood shakes. They are lightweight, offer the most resistance to fire and water, and are partially made from recycled material, a plus for those who are environmentally conscious. However, metal roofs are very noisy, particularly in high winds and rainy conditions. They also tend to lose their color and conduct a lot more heat than you would like. They are also notoriously very difficult to repair since detecting leaks is next to impossible.

If you’re into aesthetics, then you might want to choose wooden shakes and shingles. They are made from wood with attractive grain patterns, like southern pine and cedar. They last about 30 years and only cost about $100 a square or $1 per square foot. However, it is the least durable of all roofing materials. They are very susceptible to fire, decomposes very easily, and require a lot of upkeep to be functional.

Concrete roofing offers a great alternative to clay tiles. They are 30% less expensive than clay roofs and can be molded to imitate the looks of wood shakes. They are very resistant to heat, fire and strong winds. They can also withstand a heavy battering from a hailstorm with ease. However, they absorb moisture more easily than clay, making them more vulnerable to mildew and discoloration. They are much heavier than clay, requiring the frame to be specifically built to handle the load. And they need to be installed by professional roofing companies.

For more information regarding the best roofing material for your house and other roofing concerns, call the Watertite Company, the best of Newton roofing contractors. Make sure you get in contact with our highly-knowledgeable professionals by going to and scheduling a consultation. Check out our website now!