Your Home, Your Roof: Choose Roofing Materials Wisely

by James Florence


The insulating qualities of tile may make it the right choice for your roof. Photo: Yorkshire Roofing of Northern California Inc. DBA Roofmax

When it comes time to choose the material for your new roof, Paul Proctor, CEO of R E Roofing and Construction, Inc. recommends looking past what's currently fashionable. “A lot of people will look at what their neighbors are doing and figure those must be the best roofing products, but that’s not necessarily true,” he says. “This ‘follow the leader’ mentality is the reason more people install asphalt shingles today than 20 years ago. Asphalt may look nice and be easier to walk on, but it’s not a good insulator, and most homeowners fail to take that into account. That’s why it’s important to learn about all the different roofing options so you can make an informed decision.”

Mr. Proctor says tile is a good example of a high-quality roofing product that has lost popularity. “People tend to think tile is heavy and easily breakable, but they don’t realize that modern tile manufacturers make standard weight tiles for new construction as well as lightweight tiles for roofing. In addition, tile isn’t as fragile as it’s made out to be, and unlike asphalt shingle, it’s an excellent insulator.”

Whether you ultimately choose tile, wood shake, asphalt shingle or another roofing material, be sure to consider all of your options and what will best suit both your house and your budget. By selecting the best product for your situation, you can feel safe knowing your new roof will do its job protecting your home and your family.

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