5 Options to Consider for Your Next Roofing Upgrade

So you want to put a new roof on your home or business, but you’re not sure what the best options are. Well these days, it’s true that your choices are much greater than they were even just a few years ago.

So today, we’re going to go over a few of the options you have when it comes to roofing materials. We’ll present some advantages and disadvantages of each one and basically just give you useful information that we feel will help you make a more informed decision.

As always, we’re available to answer any of your questions and would love to hear your comments as well, either in person, via the telephone at 302-875-5445 or on our website or social media pages.

Now, let’s get to the topic at hand…

When it comes to roofing materials, it’s important to keep a few questions in mind. For example:

  • Will the material you choose require special framing?
  • Does it adhere to local fire codes?
  • How will it hold up during extreme weather?
  • What’s the cost and life span?

With those questions in mind, let’s examine a few roofing options for your home and/or business.

Asphalt Shingles

This is the most common roofing material in the United States and is a traditional choice in most markets. The benefits are that these shingles are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, so it stands to reason that they remain extremely popular, especially for residential homes.

They’re available in a wide variety of colors, which pleases homeowners. But they also have a shorter life span than some of the other materials we’ll be featuring below.


We like this choice because it can really add a nice visual element to your roof, and the materials can also be recycled when no longer being used. Slate also comes in a variety of colors and can add a look of elegance and style to any roof.

It’s very durable and fire resistant, which also adds to its appeal, but it’s more expensive than shingles and some of the other options on our list. And it does require extra framing and usually must be installed by a professional.

Clay Tiles

This material can create an extremely elegant look on your home, and can be purchased in either flat, ribbed or scalloped form. They are extremely durable, but also very heavy and must be installed by a professional contractor or roofer. You will find these tiles often on Mediterranean or Spanish style homes.

Clay tiles will last you much longer than shingles and they are also non-combustible, but they are heavy and expensive. But you get what you pay for right?

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing comes in either panels or shingles and is available in aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc varieties. They are sleek, lightweight and recyclable and resistant to extreme weather conditions.

Metal roofing is also very durable and will last you a long time, but it can be rather expensive and it will create more noise when it’s raining outside.

Synthetic Products

These include rubber, plastic and polymer roofing and are designed to give you the color, look and texture of other materials. They’re easy to maintain, but the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you check with the manufacturer about warranty information and look at brochures before deciding on this type of roofing option.

These products are not as heavy or expensive as other options, but they can sometimes absorb water and have not been around as long as other roofing choices. As such, they’re not as time-tested and proven.

Note: The photo below is from www.bobvila.com.

If you’d like to know more about roofing options, or any other service provided by the Whayland Co., please give us a ring at 302-875-5445, email steve@whayland.com or send us a message via Facebook or Twitter.

Have a great day everyone!


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