When it comes to replacing a roof, your gut reaction may be to go with asphalt shingles. After all, they are affordable, practical, and common to use on homes so they won't look out of place. However, there are some more unique options that you'll want to think about using if you are going to be replacing a roof.
The great thing about metal is that it can be used to cover the whole roof, or only used for accents. For example, you can place metal above the small roof above the porches, or just use them above dormers. Metal also has a variety of finishes that makes it quite versatile, such as tin or copper. The tin can also be manufactured in various colors to help best match the style of your home. In addition to looking good, metal is going to be a durable roofing material that lasts through all weather conditions.
Spanish tiles can be great if your home is in a very hot climate, which is due to how the tiles don't hold heat like other roofing materials. The one downside to this is that they don't work well in cold climates, such as those that see snow during the year. You'll find better insulation with other roofing materials that do a better job at holding in heat.
Spanish tiles can also be very durable, as they can withstand the test of time on your roof since they can take on storm damage. The tiles will provide a very Mediterranean look to a home, which may be exactly what you're looking for.
Are you looking for a coastal look for your home? If so, wood shingles are an option you should consider. They work best for homes that are in warm climates that won't get much moisture during the year, which is because wood can rot if you do not take care of it over the years. Your roofing contractor will let you know the maintenance to keep the wood sealed so that they do not rot from moisture damage.
Once installed, wood shingles provide wonderful energy efficiency for your home. You'll notice that you'll spend less on electricity and gas to run your air conditioner and furnace during the year, which can save you money over time.
Not sure which roofing material will be best for your home? Ask roofing companies like Landmark Roofing for a professional consultation.