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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Ever wonder which roofing materials are going to be big going into the next year? We’ve got you covered with this guide of all the best roofing materials for 2021.

For many roofing companies, asphalt shingles are the end all be all. While asphalt shingles are often the most cost-effective roofing solution, they don’t always perform as well as other material would, and they certainly don’t last as long.

You don’t have to choose a different roofing material for your home, but it is good to know what you can expect from different products on the market. If you’re looking for an in-depth guide on all roofing materials, be sure to check out our roofing materials guide. Now, let’s dive into the best types of roofing materials for 2021.

Asphalt Shingles

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Without much of a surprise to anyone, asphalt shingles will likely be the most used roofing material of 2021 as they have been in years past. Asphalt shingles offer a lot of advantages to homeowners but aren’t without their pitfalls.

Pros:

  • Come in multiple colors and styles
  • An affordable solution for your roof

Cons:

  • Shorter lifespan than many other materials on the market
  • Doesn’t provide insulation like other products on the market
  • Can be less capable of weathering large storms

Clay and Concrete Tiles

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A material that had once seen its best days is starting to come back. In many warmer climates where ice and snow aren’t expected, you’ll find that clay and concrete tiles are the best way to shield your roof from the rain and sun. While these tiles are incredibly heavy, they last an incredibly long time and, in many cases, won’t ever have to be replaced after being installed.

Pros:

  • Last longer than most products on the market
  • Clay and concrete are made from non-combustible material
  • Energy efficient

Cons:

  • Very heavy and difficult to install
  • Won’t work in all climates
  • Will often require additional framing for installation

Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing

Across the country, metal roofing wasn’t looked at as a viable solution because of how loud it was when rain and wind hit it. Since then, manufacturers have worked tirelessly to create metal roofs that appear to be virtually silent when inside the home. By doing this, you get all of the benefits of a metal roof without the downsides.

Pros:

  • Incredibly durable and tough against storms
  • Lasts significantly longer than asphalt or wood shingles
  • Offers high solar reflection for efficiency

Cons:

  • Can be fairly expensive compared to other roofing material

Slate Tile

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If you like a type of roofing that looks like shingles but performs better and lasts longer, then you should consider slate. While installing slate roofs is much more expensive than other roofing material types, the benefits are definitely on the table. Additionally, you can expect slate roofs to last anywhere from 50 years to 100 years or more.

Pros:

  • Very durable against storms and winds
  • Fire resistant
  • Is a sustainable material and can be recycled

Cons:

  • Very expensive material to install
  • Requires extra framing and professional installation
  • The quality of the product can sometimes vary

Wood Shingles and Shakes

For hundreds of years before asphalt shingles were even a thought in someone’s mind, wood shingles and shakes were the go-to. Every new home had them installed, and they were tediously taken care of. Today wood shingles and shakes are only installed from time to time when requested by homeowners. Because of the costs associated with upkeep, many homeowners have chosen to stay away from products like this.

Pros:

  • Offer a rustic and natural look
  • Usually made from pine or cedar
  • All-natural material

Cons:

  • Prohibited in some areas due to fire codes
  • Can be a concern in wet climates due to mold and mildew
  • Upkeep is required to keep the shingles in good condition

Synthetic Roofing Products

One material that’s growing in popularity is synthetic roofing products. These products are made of different synthetic materials, such as rubber roofs. The cost-effectiveness of these products is what stands out the most. But be sure to do your research on the products you’re considering because some of them won’t hold up very well against the elements.

Pros:

  • Not as fragile as most traditional products
  • Easy to install
  • Extremely cost-effective

Cons:

  • Can have a shorter lifespan
  • Some products will absorb water
  • Some products may fail due to not having the right amount of product testing

How to Know What Material is Right for You

Understanding which material is right for you and your house can be difficult. To know what will work best for you, you’ll want to contact a roofing professional in your area. If you’re living in the northern Virginia area, reach out to WISA. We’d love to help you choose the right material for your roof. If you’re not living in our area, here are a few tips for how you can choose the right material for your new roof.

What Product Works Best in Your Climate

All climates will be different, and the roofing product that works in one climate may not work in another. Take clay and concrete tile, for example. These products are extremely heavy, and if used in climates where snow and ice can build up on roofs, the roof could likely collapse and fall in on itself.

Knowing what products work in your climate is extremely important.

What Product Will Last the Longest

A new roof is a big investment. It’s important that you take care of that investment and purchase a product that’s going to last. You might not be able to afford a metal roof or slate roofing on your home, but you should try to get the most you can for your money. An asphalt roof can last anywhere from 15 – 30 years, depending on weather conditions and the quality of the installed product. In contrast, metal roofs last for close to 50 years, and tile roofs can last as long as 100 years.