A common question that people ask roofers is ”what is the best material for their home.” There is no best material. Each material has its costs and benefits. Below we list our common roofing materials in Arizona.
Asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular roofing material in Arizona. Most shingles consist of a fiberglass mat between two layers of asphalt. Shingles are really inexpensive. They need little maintenance when compared to other roofing materials. They can easily be repaired. The shingles are flexible and sturdy, so they are compatible with many roof designs.
Tile roofs are the second most popular roofing option in Arizona. They can be made of clay or concrete. Concrete tiles are a lot cheaper but they do not last as long and can lose their color over time. Tile roofs are a must for certain styles of homes such as Tuscan. Concrete and clay tiles are manufactured in a wide array of colors, from light shades to dark or multi-colored, making it easy to coordinate your roof with exterior colors. Roof tiles can match any architectural style required for the building structure. They are designed to emulate traditional barrel style or other roofing materials such as wood and slate.
Metal roofs are popular for certain types of homes, especially modern ones. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12-20 years. Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, will not corrode or crack, and may be impact-resistant (depending on which metal you choose). In addition, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require. However, they should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required.