With a wealth of information available on roofing materials, you can quickly become overwhelmed and lost in a sea of facts. Starting with the basics will help you cut to the chase and quickly decide on the best contenders for your specific needs and wants.
This guide will give you a simple and straightforward view of the popular roofing choices in the Chicago area. There are pros and cons to each choice and after seeing the options side-by-side, you’ll be better equipped to make an informed decision.
Among the most popular choices in Chicago today, are asphalt shingles. They are one of the most inexpensive choices and come in a variety of colors. Shingles manufactured today are usually guaranteed for 20 or more years. One of the downsides is that they are so common so if you’re wanting your home to stand out, shingles might not be the best choice for you.
One of the obvious reasons to choose metal roofing is that it makes a bold and beautiful statement. Metal roofs can come in some amazing colors and they really stand out. One of the not so obvious reasons for choosing a metal roof is the durability. Metal roofs last DECADES longer than shingles. When you choose metal roofing, you will only be making the decision once as your roof will last the rest of your life. Metal roofs can take the unforgiving Chicago weather with grace and come out looking as beautiful as the day you installed it. While metal roofing is more expensive than shingles, it is well worth the investment.
If durability is one of your top priorities, look no more. Slate roofs hold the prize for excellence in the category of endurance. Slate roofs originate in Europe and you can still find slate roofs that are centuries old on the homes and buildings there. They are breathtakingly beautiful, as well.
Slate roofs require a special expertise of installation and because of the weight, may require additional bracing of your home. As you may have guessed, they will be more pricey than other options, too.
Alternative to Slate
Best4U Roofing of Chicago offers an alternative to slate roofing that appeals to many customers. This synthetic material looks like slate but at a much cheaper cost. It comes in a variety of colors and shapes and is lightweight and durable. These roofs come with lifetime warranties.
If you’re interested in an authentic or rustic roofing material, wood shakes are the perfect choice for you. They offer a beautiful texture and natural appeal that many homeowners in Chicago gravitate toward. While wood shakes can be beautiful, they are not as fire resistant as other choices and are prone to mold in humid climates.
Tile roofs offer that sought-after Mediterranean style that so many homeowners desire. Tiles are made from natural material and they can last for a century. Tiles can break or become damaged more easily than other roofing materials.
The roofers at Best4U Roofing are experts at installing all of these choices, even slate. We can help you make an informed and uncomplicated decision about your roofing material Call for a consultation today.