Roofing Materials Compared

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Cost is not the only factor you should consider when choosing your roofing materials. The table below can help you see all the aspects of common roofing materials. 

Metal Vertical Seam

​Maintenance

  • Inspections based on manufacturer recommendations
  • Repairs are rare
  • Fade Resistant with PVDF and SMP Paint Systems

Visual Style

  • Standing Seam Panels offer a distinctive yet timeless look
  • Wide range of colors and styles

Environment

  • Energy Efficient
  • Made from Recycled Materials
  • Low Weight
  • Eco-Friendly

Metal Stamped Panel

Maintenance

  • Inspections based on manufacturer recommendations
  • Repairs are rare
  • Fade Resistant with PVDF and SMP Paint Systems

Visual Style

  • Matches the Look of Any Traditional Roofing Material
  • Wide range of colors and styles

Environment

  • Energy Efficient
  • Made from Recycled Materials
  • Low Weight
  • Eco-Friendly

Asphalt

Maintenance

  • Yearly Inspections
  • Shingle Replacement Common
  • Re-caulking and sealing with age

​Visual Style

  • Traditional Shingle Look
  • Variations in Color Shading Common
  • Shows Signs of Age

Environment

  • Made from Crude Oil
  • Disposed of in Landfill
  • High Environmental Cost

Clay Tile

Maintenance

  • Yearly Inspections
  • Occasional Cracked and Sliding Tiles
  • Low Wind Resistance

​Visual Style

  • Low Color Selection
  • Many Styles Available

Environment

  • Eco-Friendly
  • Energy Efficient
  • Very Heavy Weight

Shake Shingles

​​​​​Maintenance

  • Yearly Inspections
  • Full Maintenance Required Every 2-4 Years
  • Mold Grow, Rot, Leaking Common

​Visual Style

  • Natural and Rustic
  • May be Stained

Environment

Slate Shingles

Maintenance

  • Yearly Inspections
  • Cracking and Chipping Common
  • Color Variations Common after Repair

​Visual Style

  • Limited Styles
  • Limited Colors

Environment

  • Considered Eco-Friendly​
  • Extreme Weight - Increased Shipping Cost
  • Heavy - Structural Inspection Required

Slate Shingles

​Maintenance

  • Yearly Inspections
  • Cracking and Chipping Common
  • Color Variations Common after Repair

​Visual Style

  • Limited Styles
  • Limited Colors

Environment

  • Considered Eco-Friendly​
  • Extreme Weight - Increased Shipping Cost
  • Heavy - Structural Inspection Required