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Residential Roofing Material Options: Trends and Staples

Published , By Brian Olson

When you start looking to replace or update your roof, the type of roofing material you use will be the most important decision you make. The material will determine the overall aesthetic of your home, with certain materials completely transforming the design. There are several popular options that you can find in nearly every neighborhood in America, but there are also new trends in roofing that you may start noticing more often.

Common, but Trustworthy

The usual material that comes to mind is the three-tab shingles, or the asphalt shingle roof, which you’ve likely seen all around your community. These durable shingles last up to 30 years, look great, and are versatile enough to fit a majority of homes.

Cedar shake roofing is another common choice, giving a rustic look to the roof, and accenting the natural feel of the house while providing reliable protection. There are also composite shingles that resemble the cedar roof design, with the durability of asphalt shingles, which provide a strong mix of style and strength.

In addition to the more common choices, you may also notice a clay tile roof now and again. These roofs are naturally beautiful and fire resistant, but not as easy to install as other materials.

Roofing Material Options: Trends and Staples

Newer Trends

The hottest trend in roofing has to be solar tiles, which convert solar energy into electricity and help power your home. These tiles can be quite expensive to purchase and install, but over time they will start saving you money on your energy bills. Another booming option is green roofing, essentially building a small garden on top of the home and letting the plants protect you. While this trend can look stunning on a flat roof, and absorb water runoff, it can also be difficult to maintain and expensive to set up.

How to Get Your New Roof

If you are interested in installing one of the classic roofing materials, like 3-tab shingles, or want to take a look at other materials available in the Barrington area, then check out Olson’s available options. Our roofing experts would love to discuss your roofing material preferences and get them installed for you!

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