shingles on a roof

If your home needs roofing repair or replacement, you might think that you have to use the same roofing materials that previously existed on your house. However, that’s hardly the case — you can replace your roof with any material you choose. Well, within limits, of course.

Here’s what you need to know about the three most common roofing materials:

Asphalt shingles: Asphalt roofing shingles are by far the most common roofing material in the U.S. Asphalt roofs boast affordability, durability and versatility, coming in a wide variety of different colors and styles. They are also one of the easiest roofing materials to perform repairs and maintenance on, meaning that most homeowners can repair their asphalt roofs themselves with roofing supplies and roofing tools available at home improvement stores.

Clay tile: Clay tiles are without a doubt the longest-lasting roofing materials. A roof made of interlocking clay tiles (most often seen on Italian or Southwest-inspired homes) can last up to 100 years if properly cared for. Many people choose clay tiles because of their appealing aesthetic and low-maintenance requirements.

Built-up roofing: Built-up roofing is most commonly found on commercial and office buildings with flat roofs. It consists of several layers of asphalt-coated fiberglass which is then topped with tar or gravel. While built-up roofing is a cheap roofing option, it doesn’t last very long — only about 15 to 25 years.

There are many more roofing materials available to you, but these are the more popular ones out there. Having a beautiful, well-maintained roof will add to your house’s overall appearance. Call Husker Hammer today for guidance on selecting the right materials for your Omaha home’s roof.