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The decision to replace your roof is an easy one when a storm damages it. Other times the need for a new roof is not as obvious, and you need to look for clues such as sagging, discoloration, constant leaking, signs of rotting, torn shingles, or missing shingles. Once you have decided to go ahead with the project, you still need to decide the most appropriate type of roofing material to use.

As a local company with 17 years of home improvement experience, Diamond Hill Builders, LLC can help you weigh the pros and cons of certain types of roofing for your replacement project. This blog outlines three popular types of roof materials in 2021, along with important considerations of each.

Asphalt Composite Shingles Are the Most Popular with North American Homeowners

Homeowners select asphalt composite shingles because of their simplicity, longevity, and low cost. Each shingle contains mineral and asphalt granules and has three tabs. Manufacturers typically offer a warranty on asphalt composite shingles for as long as 20 to 30 years. Should you damage a few shingles, replacing them is a simple job. Shingles made from asphalt composite contract and expand to adapt to the environment of most roofs. The typical cost is up to $3.50 per shingle installed.

Wood Shingles Last Much Longer than You Might Expect

Wood shingles present a beautiful aesthetic, but homeowners are often concerned that they might not last as long as other types. When installed correctly, wood shingles should last a minimum of 25 years and could last as long as 40 years. Depending on the type of wood you choose, you can have the wood treated before installation to guard against fire, rot, and insect damage. The most common types of wood shingles include:

  • Cypress
  • Pine
  • Red Cedar
  • Redwood

All types of wood shingles go through the same manufacturing process that involves sawing each side of a log. The purpose is to give the shingles an even thickness and taper. Wood shingles that have gone through this manufacturing process overlap each other in an orderly fashion for a clean and even look.

Clay Tile is Especially Stylish

The first step in creating clay tiles is to roll them into interlocking shapes and then put them through the firing process to create firmness. Homeowners often select to leave clay roofing tiles unglazed, which gives them a distinctive reddish-orange color. This type of shingle holds up under all types of weather and performs especially well in hot climates. It is important to invest in clay tiles made to withstand the freeze and thaw cycle in colder climates.

Clay tile is one of the more expensive options at the cost of up to $18 per square foot. However, it is also one of the longest-lasting roofing materials and can remain in place for up to 100 years before requiring replacement.

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Diamond Hill Builders, LLC serves home and business owners in Exeter, New Hampshire, and the surrounding communities. Feel free to complete this quote request form to receive an estimate on parts and labor for your roof replacement project.

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