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4 Roofing Material Options and Considerations

Choosing your roof material is a long-term investment, and you want to make sure you choose what's best for your home and location. You have to consider the pitch of your roof, expected longevity of the material, maintenance, energy efficiency, material weight, and price range. Some of the most frequently used materials seen by Trotter Roofing and Gutters include shingle, tile, metal, and EPDM roofing. We will dive into each of these roofing options and explain the benefits and downfalls of each to help you determine what's best for your home. 

Shingle Roofs 

Especially if you're from Georgia, more often than not you see average homes with shingle roofing. Why? Asphalt shingles are extremely inexpensive and thus tend to be the go-to material for the average homeowner. They also have the added benefit of being extremely versatile and easy to install. Additionally, if there is damage to shingles, they're usually very easy to replace without having to get a whole new roof.

Though there are many benefits, there are some drawbacks to shingle roofs. The design of the shingles allows them to easily be uplifted by the wind. Some of the other downfalls of asphalt shingles include the lack of character as well as the short life of the shingles that averages around 20 years, which is significantly less than many other roofing materials. 

Tile Roofs 

This weather-resistant roofing material is a great option that requires little maintenance and reduces energy costs. When it comes to tile roofing, you have a variety of options to choose from, making it a unique addition to your home. They also have an excellent life, lasting around 50 years. 

While a tile roof is an excellent option, it is much more expensive than your average asphalt shingle roofing. It's also important to take note that specialty flashing is needed when installing tile roofing. You can learn more about the importance of roof flashing here. 

Metal Roofs 

Have you ever listened to the crystal-clear sound of rain hitting a roof? It was probably a metal roof! These roofs last 40-70 years, which is incredible! Not only are they environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, but they also make great additions to a home from an aesthetic perspective. 

On the other hand, metal roofs are expensive, can dent somewhat easily, and can be extremely loud! Some find the sounds produced by a metal roof endearing, while others may find it to be distracting. It's important to consider this before making the purchase. 

EPDM Roofs 

Last, but certainly not least, we have EPDM roofing. EPDM stands for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, which is a durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane. You don't see as many of these, but they can be a good option if you have a flat roof. They last 30-50 years, are environmentally friendly, and are easy to fix when needed. 

However, because of its rarity, it can be hard to find a roofer that has experience with installing EPDM. If you're interested in an EPDM roof, contact Trotter Roofing and Gutters to get more information! 

Make Your Choice

It's all about what kind of roof you already have, how much you're willing to spend, and what your goals are. After a consultation, we can determine which roof will be best for your home and schedule a time for your roof to be replaced. 

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