As you build your custom home or make improvements to the home you’re living in now, don’t forget to pay careful consideration to what’s right over your head. Your roof plays a critical role in your home’s structural integrity and keeps you and your loved ones safe, protected, and comfortable. And yes, it can take your home’s curb appeal even higher, too,
If it’s time to shop for a roof, the first thing you’ll probably notice is how many options you have when it comes to materials. To narrow down the choices, we recommend considering your top needs. For example, are you trying to stick to a budget, looking for energy efficiency, or are design and aesthetics top of mind?
Once you’ve pinpointed your priorities, you can dive deeper into various roofing materials to determine which is best for your home. Below are the best roofing materials for Cincinnati homes.
There’s a reason asphalt roofs are the most popular choice for tristate homeowners. Make that many reasons. Not only are they budget-friendly, but they are very easy to install (a day is usually all you’ll need), fire resistant, and are available in a wide range of colors and styles.
There are some drawbacks, however. Asphalt shingles are prone to weathering, so they must be replaced every 15-30 years. And they aren’t necessarily good for the planet. Most are made from a petroleum-based compound, so choose asphalt shingles made from recycled materials if you want to go green.
Depending on your home’s style, a wood roof could make it even more stunning, especially if it lends itself to a natural, earthy aesthetic. Wood shingles or shakes are energy efficient, as they provide excellent insulation. They’re also eco-friendly (when from sustainable forests).
The downside to wood roofing is its tendency to rot and attract insects and moss. That’s why they need to be regularly maintained and inspected.
Looking for a roof that lasts more than 50 years? Consider metal. They are no longer just flat sheeting. You can find a wide array of styles to match your taste – from wood shingle, cedar shake, to slate and terracotta, the look is authentic, but it’s your secret that it is constructed of long lasting metal.
Not only are metal roofs incredibly durable, but they are also fire-resistant and do a great job at reflecting heat, which can help you cut back on costs to cool the house. It’s important to note that metal roofing costs more upfront than asphalt and other materials.
Concrete & Clay
Consider concrete or clay tiles if you’re going for a classic look that evokes European elegance and want a durable roof that won’t need to be replaced for decades. They’re indeed stunning on various home types and help keep houses cool, which is why you’ll find tile roofs in places like southern Italy and Florida.
While they’re also ideal for homes in Cincinnati, concrete and clay tile roofs need to be maintained regularly and can be prone to chipping and cracking. You’ll also need to ensure that your home’s structure can support the weight of the tile, as they are one of the heaviest types of roofing material available.
Love the idea of a tile roof, but wondering if concrete or clay is the best choice for your home? Slate may be a great alternative. Durable and stunning slate roofs are gaining in popularity. They’re also fire-resistant and low maintenance. Note that, like concrete tile, you’ll need to ensure your home can support slate. It’s also heavier and usually more expensive than other roofing materials, including wood and metal.
Looking for more roofing options or not sure which is best for your home? Classic Living Homes has been Cincinnati’s builder for decades. We know roofs and can help you choose the best for your home, too.