Comparisons of Roofing Materials
For Your Porch ProjectOur Comparisons of Roofing Materials Guide will give you the essential information you need in order to select the right material for your porch roof or other roofing project.
Comparisons of Roofing Materials GuidePlease Note: The information below is to provide you relative comparisons. While we may not update the information on this table frequently, hopefully it gives you relative comparisons to help in your decision making.
Asphalt (Basic Three Tab,No Cut Out, Dimensional,Interlocking, Angle-Lap, Specialty
Use: Most common on residential homes
Cost: $50 - $150/square
Longevity: Phoenix-14yrs, Minnesota-19.5
Metal (Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Tin, Corrugated)
Use: Increasingly popular - energy savings
Cost: $100 - $600/square
Longevity: 40 - 60 years +
Shakes (Redwood, Hardwood, Metal, Rubber)
Use: 4:12 pitch and steeper/Metal: 3:12+ pitch
Cost: $20K - 35K/average size home
Longevity: 40 - 60+ years
Slate (Natural and Synthetic)
Use: 3:12 and steeper
Cost: $1000 per square
Longevity: 200+ years
Use: 3:12 and steeper
Cost: $300 - $500 installed per square
Longevity: 100+ years
Use: Requires reinforced roof
Cost: $4 -$10 per square foot
Longevity: 30+ years
Membrane (Thermoset, Thermoplastic,Bitumen, Sprayed, Fabric
Use: Primarily for flat or very low sloped roofs
Cost: $125-$135 per square foot
Longevity: 40+ years
Polycarbonate and Vinyl
Use: Primarily for screen and 3-season porches
Longevity: Usually lifetime warranty
We found that there's a lot involved with comparisons of roofing materials. I'm sure we have not exhausted the subject by any means, but hopefully the information we provide here is helpful to you.
Asphalt Shingles (Composition)Probably the most common roof construction material in the United States. Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: fiber glass and organic.
Advertised as 20 year and 30 year shingles, my experience has been that longevity is relative to where you live. Asphalt shingles are affected by weather.
In Nashville, our shingles only lasted about 14 years. However, tests indicate that those living in Reading, PA., can get 20.8 years from the same shingles.
Comparisons of Roofing Materials - Metal RoofingMetal roofing comes in shapes that imitate either asphalt shingles or tile, and wood shakes. You can also get metal trim pieces to coordinate with the color of your roof.
Types of Metal Roofing MaterialsCopper
See our entire metal roofing section to explore the possibilities for your home and porch!
Comparisons of Roofing Materials - ShakesHistorically, shakes have been made of wood. However, there are now metal and rubber shakes.
We understand that in some geographical areas, wood shakes are no longer permissible due to a fire hazard so check your local building codes prior to installing wood shakes on your porch or home.
Types of Roofing ShakesRed Cedar
SlateSlate is the most beautiful and durable roof construction material available. For centuries, it's been the roofing material of choice for the world's greatest buildings. In fact, some slate roofs have lasted for literally hundreds of years.
Comparisons of Roofing Materials- MembraneMembrane roofing usually comes in large sheets which are fused together to make a continuous in penetrable surface. Our comparisons of roofing materials wouldn't be complete without discussing membranes.
Types of Membranes
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