Your roof can account for as much as 40% of your home’s exterior appearance. With so much at stake, choosing roofing materials that enhance your home’s character is important. According to a recent survey of realtors, a new architectural asphalt shingle can increase the value of a home by 7%. So, your new roof will be a wise investment.

Asphalt Shingles

Hands down, asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing choice. They are relatively light, install quickly and come in a variety of styles to fit any budget. Laminated asphalt shingles, also known as “architectural” or “dimensional” shingles are layered. They mimic the look of slate or wood shakes. Somewhat pricier than three-tab style shingles, laminated shingles lay flatter and perform better in high winds. A well installed architectural shingle roof can last up to 50 years, but more often we see them lasting just 15-20. Ask your Blue Fox home pro about “Lifetime” roofing options.

Composite Shingles

Composite slate shingles look authentic – even close up. They may be made up of plastic, polymer, clay, rubber or even asphalt. Since they weigh about the same as asphalt shingles, there is no need for structural changes to your home when upgrading. One advantage of over real slate is that composite shingles are typically not slippery. But they may crack under impact or fade over time. And, they are rather costly, when compared to asphalt shingles.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is typically made of steel, aluminum, copper or alloy and is available in a variety of styles, textures and colors. Copper makes for an especially attractive metal roof, as it acquires a beautiful patina over time. But it is ghastly expensive. Metal roofing is lightweight, nonflammable and energy efficient. But it can be noisy in the rain and dents easily with falling debris and even light hail. Metal roofing installed can cost as much as 40% more than high-end asphalt roofing systems. That’s because installing metal roofing is labor intensive work.