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Understanding the Different Types of Roofing Materials and Their Benefits

At Lacey Roofing, we're dedicated to making your roofing decisions easy and informed, and this article is here to do just that. Read on to learn everything you need to know about each of your roofing material options, and how to choose the one that works best for you. 

Roofing Material Options: Which Works Best for You?

Roofing materials serve as the finishing touch of the home–the icing on the cake, if you will. That is, if icing were to provide protection against the sun, rain, snow, and other environmental elements, keeping you sheltered and warm at night. The material you choose not only influences the durability and lifespan of your roof, but also its aesthetic and the overall value of your property. It’s important! So how do you choose?

Factors That Influence Your Choice

The first step of choosing a roofing material is understanding what you want. What’s highest on your list of priorities? Are you more focused on the best price for your roof, or do you care more about aesthetics? There are several factors that will influence your decision:

  • Climate: Remember that the material should withstand the local weather patterns. If you live in Thurston County, this means that something watertight and moss-resistant is probably your best bet.
  • Cost: Budget, of course, plays a huge role in which material that you choose; however, it doesn’t have to stifle the flexibility of your options. Some roofing options cost more upfront, but require less expensive maintenance in the future. 
  • Durability: Some materials have a more appealing look but require more upkeep, while others may not look as well, but last longer and require less maintenance.  
  • Aesthetics: Of course, style does play a part in your roofing choices. The material should complement the architectural style of your home, and look like something that you enjoy looking at when you pull into your driveway each day.  

Types of Roofing Materials

With those considerations in mind, let’s dive into the real meat of the decision–the materials themselves. There are various roofing materials available, each with its own set of benefits and considerations.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular choices due to their cost-effectiveness and easy installation. They typically last about 20-30 years and are suitable for a wide range of weather conditions.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs, including materials like steel, aluminum, and copper, offer exceptional longevity and energy efficiency. They can last up to 50 years and are particularly good for flat or sloped roofs.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

These materials are highly durable and offer a unique aesthetic with a variety of color and style options. Clay tiles are known for their ability to withstand heat and are common in warmer climates, whereas concrete tiles provide a more cost-effective alternative with similar benefits.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Wood shingles offer a natural look that ages to a distinctive weathered appearance. Wood shakes are thicker and more rugged than shingles, providing a rustic look. Both require more maintenance but are highly aesthetic.

Synthetic Roofing

Emerging options like synthetic slate, rubber, or plastic roofing materials are gaining popularity due to their lightweight, durability, and lower cost while mimicking the appearance of natural materials.

Specialty Roofing Options

If you’re looking for something more than just your average roof, there are new, innovative roofing options that could be right up your alley. 

Green Roofs

Green roofs are covered with vegetation and soil, reducing runoff and improving insulation. This option is excellent for urban environments, helping to reduce urban heat islands. They can also effectively manage stormwater in the rainy season of Western Washington. Keep in mind, though, that this is basically a garden on your roof. Green roofs require a lot more maintenance than your average tile or shingle roof, so be aware of what you’re investing in if you choose this option. 

Solar Tiles

Solar tiles integrate solar cell technology into traditional roofing materials, offering a seamless and aesthetically pleasing way to generate electricity while protecting your home. Despite the frequent cloudy weather, they can still be effective in Western Washington due to their ability to generate electricity from diffuse light.

Choosing the Right Material for Your Home

When selecting a roofing material, consider your home’s architectural style, your budget, and the typical weather conditions in Thurston County. If you feel overwhelmed, are having trouble deciding, or are just plain confused, remember that consulting with professionals–like our team at Lacey Roofing–is always an option. Professionally trained roofers can provide you with insights into the most suitable options for your specific needs with confidence that comes from experience.

Installation and Maintenance

Proper installation and regular maintenance are key to extending the life of your roof. The perfect roofing material for your home means nothing when it isn’t attached in a way that actually seals away the water, after all. 

DIY vs. Professional Installation

While some materials like asphalt shingles can be installed by a knowledgeable homeowner, we strongly recommend professional installation for most types of roofing to ensure the best performance and adherence to warranty requirements.

Future Trends in Roofing Materials

The roofing industry continues to innovate with materials that are more durable, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient. Staying informed about these trends can help you make a roofing choice that meets both current needs and future sustainability goals.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right roofing material involves careful consideration of various factors, including your personal needs, budget, and the specific requirements of your location in Thurston County.

Why Choose Lacey Roofing?

At Lacey Roofing, we pride ourselves on a reputation as watertight as our roofs. Years of serving our community–in Lacey and beyond–to the best of our ability means that we have a step up when it comes to protecting your home with quality. For reliable, expert roofing services, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let us help you shelter your home with the right roofing solution. 

For further assistance or to discuss your roofing options, contact Lacey Roofing today. We’re here to help you find the roof that never lets you down. 

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