Replacing your roof is an investment in your home. That is why you want to choose a roof that is not only going to look great, but will also last for years to come. Many homeowners choose an asphalt roof because of their many advantages, but slate roofs have some pretty outstanding advantages as well. For many people, however, it comes down to the cost of roof replacement in Cleveland, Ohio, and asphalt will usually be the cheaper option. Nonetheless, it is important to weigh the benefits of each option before you make this very important decision for your home.

Asphalt Shingles

Fiberglass asphalt shingles are extremely popular, and that may be because they come in wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. You are sure to find just the right color to compliment the exterior of your home. Other benefits for this roofing option include:

  • Waterproof coating
  • Protects your home from UV rays because of ceramic granule coating
  • Can be designed to look like other materials, like slate or wood
  • Life span of roughly 20 years (but sometimes less)

Asphalt shingles are more prone to damage when the weather suddenly changes, and wind can be a real problem for this type of shingle. If your attic has ventilation problems, this could decrease the life span of asphalt shingles as well. Periodic maintenance is generally required.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are a great option for homes and commercial buildings, but they can be pricey. However, for some homeowners, the lack of maintenance that this type of shingle requires could be worth it. Other benefits of slate shingles include:

  • Fire proof
  • Exceptionally durable to rain and wind
  • Resistant to insects, fungus, and mold
  • Life span of over a century, 150 years is not uncommon

Slate roofing is heavy, so you may need to get your home evaluated to be sure that it can withstand the weight of the roofing material. The slate itself can also crack or break when someone walks on it or if it is hit by an object. Replacing the slate requires a professional. Slate comes in a variety of colors, but getting all of the tile to match perfectly is next to impossible. That means that if you want a uniform look, slate probably isn’t the best way to go.

Getting More Information

Choosing between a slate roof and an asphalt roof can be difficult, but the professionals at Karbella Construction can help. If you are thinking of getting a roof replacement in Cleveland, Ohio, contact us for a free estimate.