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Choosing a roofing material is an important decision. According to the Green Home Guide, choosing the right roof material can decrease home energy needs by about 30%. With so many different types of roofing materials available, how should you choose? Consider these three factors.

1. How Much Can You Spend?

Asphalt shingle roofing is the most popular residential roof material, as it’s installed on 80% of new homes in the U.S., according to Bob Vila. This type of roof is popular for many reasons but none more than its affordability. It may be the ideal roofing material for your project if your budget is tight. Because asphalt shingles are durable and long-lasting, it’s important to go with a material that will fit your budget and last a while.

2. How Long Do You Want Your Roof to Last?

Some roofing materials come with a 50-year guarantee on the materials. Other roof materials offer a 30-year warranty, and some offer 15-year warranties. Keep in mind the longer the warranty, the more expensive the material. Many people have found metal roofs worth the higher initial investment because they can be warranted for 50 years.

The warranty of the material will affect the cost of the material. Are you looking for the best value and the most longevity? Talk to your roofer about the material warranty to better understand which roofing material is right for your home.

3. How Much Maintenance Do You Want to Invest in?

Some roof materials require more maintenance than others. How much future maintenance costs are you willing to pay? Ask your roofer about the amount of maintenance the roofing material you are considering requires. Choosing a material that fits your lifestyle is important. A better understanding of the amount of maintenance that is needed can help you make an informed decision.

The best way to choose the right roofing material is to work with an experienced roofing company. They can provide the information you need to make an informed decision. Call Ratliff Contracting today to learn more about roofing materials, costs, and other factors that can affect your decision.

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