So picture this scenario: you decided that it is time to install a new roof into your home, only to find that there are several different kinds of roofing, and you’re not sure which one is right for you. While it is certainly wise to hire an experienced contractor to recommend a kind of roofing for you, it is always good to have some basic knowledge on roofing types and their benefits and drawbacks. Here are the 4 main kinds of residential roofing, and the positives and negatives of both.

Asphalt Shingles

We’ll start out with the most common option. Asphalt shingles are very popular in America because of their tolerance to all environmental conditions. The strengths and drawbacks depend largely on the quality of the shingles you choose, as there are a myriad of different options to select from. A primary benefit of them is that their upfront cost is low, however they typically don’t last as long, and may need to be replaced after 20 years. They also are generally less resistant to strong winds, so take that into consideration if those are common in your area.

Metal Roofing

Best used for stepper rooftops and also tend to have good insulation, metal roofing is popular in snowy and rainy areas, as snow, rain, and debris simply slide off. There strength and resistance to corrosion depends on the material chosen, but they generally have a long lifespan of at least 60 years. This, of course, comes at a cost, as metal roofing is significantly more expensive per square foot, ranging from $5 to $12. They also can be noisy during raining and are susceptible to dents from hail, so avoid copper in particular if these are common where you live.

Rolled Roofing

We at Bucco’s Roofing offer two main types of rolled roofing, TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) and EPDM (Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer). To learn more about these two types of roofing, visit our roof systems page. This is usually considered to be a lightweight, water catching layering placed under tiles and shingles, or can be a low-cost, temporary roofing option. It’s vulnerability to tearing from expansion and contraction of heat causes it to have a shorter lifespan.

SPF Roofing

SPF roofing is a unique new roofing system that utilizes a new spray foam that can be applied to small, cramped areas for a solid, tight seal. They are waterproof, resistant to hail and wind damage, and are more heat resistant than any other roofing material. The only downside to this form of roofing is it’s inherent sensitivity to water. Therefore,  adequate draining is a major priority when installing this form of roofing system.

Roofing is a crucial component of shielding your home against the elements, and as a result choosing your type of roof to best suit your environment is one of the most important decisions you as a homeowner will have to make. While we hope this guide has helped you gain some knowledge on your various roofing options, we highly recommend contacting a qualified contractor here at Bucco’s Roofing to assist in your decisionmaking. We at Bucco’s have extensive knowledge and experience with roof assessment and installation, having served the Pittsburgh area since 2012. You can count on us to get the work done, and ensure the future (and roofing)  of your home is secure for years to come.