How To Choose the Right Roofing Material?

The choice of roofing material has many, often very serious, consequences. The U.S. market is overflowing with products from many companies, and while each option has its advantages, you can make a successful as well as a completely unsuccessful purchase. What criteria should you consider so that you are satisfied? Is the more expensive the roof, the better it will be? In this article, we will answer these, and many more questions.

Is Good Roofing Material The Expensive One?

Is Good Roofing Material The Expensive One?

Many of our customers think that you have to spend a lot of money to make the roof they ordered long-lasting, durable and solid. Fortunately, this is not always true. Although the choice of expensive roofing material is often dictated by quality, synthetic materials have caused quite a stir in our industry.

Price plays a much bigger role when it comes to the quality of service and installation. Due to the time-consuming nature of the entire process, a reliable roofing contractor will have to charge you a certain fee for their work. Remember, too, that price affects, among other things, the warranty policy – a proven contractor prefers to take the risk so that you are satisfied with the final result.

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Criteria You Need to Consider When Choosing a Roofing Material

Let’s now take a look at the most important material features you should ask your A.B. Edward customer advisor about:


Is it worth choosing synthetic slate roof tiles?

When choosing a rooftop, it is essential to consider its appearance. Your house must not only fit in with the surrounding buildings, but also please its owner – you. Many manufacturers of synthetic materials (synthetic slate, synthetic cedar, asphalt shingles) offer a very extensive range of colors and designs. Having a lot of freedom in this area, be sure to see as many samples and color variations as possible in person.

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Durability and Longevity

cedar roof waterproofing

Different roofing materials have completely different mechanical properties. For example, even the best-maintained cedar shakes will not be as durable as modern synthetic slate tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes. As a rule, natural stone will be the most durable, while budget asphalt shingles or poorly maintained wood (especially pine) will last the shortest.

You can extend the life of your roof with proper maintenance. When choosing a roofing material, consider more than just longevity with ideal use. Ask your customer advisor what happens if you forget to waterproof or clean.

However, you need to remember that a long-lasting roof may not be cost-effective. There are cases in which it is more profitable to choose a cheaper option that will last 20 years, rather than a much more expensive material with an expected lifespan of 40.

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Although a properly executed roof installation is basically a guarantee of trouble-free operation for many years, accidents do happen. Due to the high price of construction materials and services, it is worth considering the warranty of the manufacturer as well as the company that undertakes the renovation of your home.

In terms of warranty protection, by far the best are two brands – GAF and DaVinci Roofscapes. By choosing to install their products through our company, you can count on a 10-year and lifetime warranty, respectively, for peace of mind.

Ease of maintenance

cedar roof cleaning

Every roofing material requires a certain amount of maintenance, but the differences are sometimes very pronounced. If you are looking for a roof that will require virtually no attention from you, you should consider installing slate, plastic or metal. If you can afford a little extra work or extra expense for roof maintenace services, cedar may also be a good choice.

When choosing roofing material, also keep in mind the location of your home. If there are trees nearby, you will need to expect regular cleaning. For such properties, we especially recommend installing a roof made of composites – accumulated leaves and needles can lead to rapid cedar rot.

On the other hand, keep in mind the sunlight on the roof. If your house is located in an open area, avoid very dark colors, as the attic can get very hot. Also, asphalt shingles will not perform very well, as prolonged and continuous exposure to the sun causes the material to degrade relatively quickly.

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Unfortunately, the prices of roofing materials have risen markedly over the past few years. When planning to replace a rooftop, you must be ready to incur large expenses, often comparable to the value of a new car. Although a large part of the cost of renovation is the price of roofing services, you can save a lot by choosing cheaper materials.

The undisputed leader in terms of cost-effectiveness are asphalt shingles – an easy-to-install, relatively inexpensive and aesthetically pleasing roofing material that costs up to 10 times less than what you would pay for high-quality slate or terra cotta tiles. In the middle of the pile are cedar and composite tiles. In the case of the latter, you have a lot of freedom of choice, as we offer both premium products and budget solutions.

What is the best roofing material?

how to choose the right roofing material

Choosing the best roofing material is probably impossible because there are too many variable factors. However, if the question was a bit different and we were looking for the most universal material, the answer will be much simpler. At this point, we consider synthetic slate tiles and cedar shakes from DaVinci to be the golden mean. Their price, properties, appearance and other features mean that, although in individual aspects it is often possible to choose something a little better, the overall is just good.

Choosing a composite roof makes many things easier for you – its replacement and subsequent maintenance is relatively cheap, while the rooftop itself ages relatively slowly. The current range of shakes and tiles manufacturers means that you are sure to find not only the right color, but also the prettiest design, so that you get the highest possible degree of personalization of the whole house.

With good reason, a large proportion of North Shore residents have already opted for synthetic roofs. They are deceptively similar to those made from natural raw materials, while offering excellent durability at a reasonable price. Choosing DaVinci and Brava products is practically always a good idea.

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Still not sure which roofing material to go for? No problem! You are welcome to contact our sales department – we will help you find the perfect solution that will complement the beauty of your entire house, while meeting your needs. Don’t wait, take care of your home today!

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