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Selecting the Best Roof Material and Style for Your Renovation

Exterior remodeling projects are exciting for many reasons, but you may be especially excited about the new siding and roofing material selection. New roofing materials can make a dramatic difference in the look and feel of your home. Let’s learn more about your options – and the most popular roofing material on the market.

Roofing Material Selection Options

There are options when choosing a new roof for your home. Here are some available materials in the U.S., the best roofing material recommended, and other options that you may be considering.

Metal roofs

Metal roofing is an option for some homes. They come in various colors and are a fire-resistant roofing product. However, performance issues, including rusting in humid climates, and the cost per square foot may shock you for standing seam metal roofing.

Slate & clay roof tiles

The look and durability are a benefit of choosing clay and clay roof tiles. However, clay and slate roofs are extremely heavy and require extra structural support. (Concrete tiles have the same problem!) And be prepared to pay a premium for a clay roofing project.

Wood shakes

Wood shingles are beautiful, and cedar shake roofing certainly can increase the value of your home. However, roofing professionals in New Jersey don’t typically recommend wood roofs because of the vulnerability to pests and water damage.

A detailed view of architectural shingle roofing, illustrating a popular choice in roofing material selection for its aesthetic and practical benefits in home renovations.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most cost-effective roofing option, especially in the Northern New Jersey area where durability is key.

Here are the benefits of asphalt shingles – more specifically, CertainTeed shingles:

  • Weather resistant
  • Protect against high winds
  • Class-A fire rating
  • Low maintenance
  • Energy efficient
  • Great for cold and hot climates
  • Designed to prevent algae growth
  • Resist fading
  • Excellent warranty

You’ll also save on the project installation cost when you choose asphalt shingles. Unlike slate and clay tile, there’s no need to add extra support to the structure to hold the heavy materials.

When getting your replacement roof installed– it’s essential that you choose a roofing company with a solid reputation for providing superior customer service. For the best roofing contractor in Northern New Jersey, choose RJW Exteriors. We are proud to be CertainTeed Select ShingleMaster contractors—a certification that shows we’re held to the highest standards!

Our exterior remodeling experts will be able to go through all the popular types of roofing so you can select the right product for your budget and home design. We will review the product warranty and discuss our installation process and timeline. Are you ready to schedule an appointment for your roofing material selection? Please fill out this contact form on our website.

Key Takeaways About Roofing Material Selection

  • A metal roof lasts a long time but has a high cost per square foot.
  • Wood roofing, such as cedar shakes, does not stand up against pests and moisture.
  • Other materials, such as clay and slate tiles, require more structural support than asphalt or composite shingles.
  • Of all the roofing types, asphalt shingles are recommended by roofing experts.