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The Great Roofing Debate: Your Guide to Knowing What's Best

We sure have our share of passionate debates around the farm table through the years.

Saucy ribs vs tangy barbecue.

Matte black door vs glossy finish.

(Don’t get us started on door/trim colors!)

But few discussions get more enthusiastic than ones concerning that first line of defense on every home: our roofs!

Between weathering storms under the beating sun, resisting harmful moisture and providing essential architectural beauty, quality roofing holds incredible significance.

So as our charming farmhouse reached its 12th summer, We’ve studied up on options for its next chapter.

And goodness, there’s a lot to unpack figuring out your best fit!

From rugged asphalt shingles to handsome slate or metal, each material carries pros, cons and serious consideration beyond purely personal aesthetics.

Regional weather patterns and home styles play key roles too influencing ideal matches.

To help simplify the process for you ahead of future reroofing needs, let’s unpack the most popular options distinguishing important factors you’ll want weighing soon too…

Asphalt Shingles

The most ubiquitous roofing covering over 75% of homes emerges as tried-and-true option meeting many owner’s resilience, affordability and aesthetic needs wonderfully.

Within asphalt shingle families, homeowners choose between:

ARCHITECTURAL or 3-TAB

Pros

– Budget friendly; 30-year warranties

– Weigh ~65lbs/square minimizing roof load

Cons

– Less dimension/texture than architectural

– Wind uplift under 110 MPH

ARCHITECTURAL LAMINATE

Pros

– “Dimensional” texture looks dramatic

– Impact/fire resistance options available

– Up to 130 MPH wind coverage

Cons

– Runs 2-3X cost of basic 3-tab

– Needs roof slopes >4:12 pitch

Our Take: While basic 3-tabs work certain homes, splurging little extra on laminates adds valuable extreme weather protections worthwhile long run in unpredictably shifting climates.

Metal Roofing

Ferrous metal roof fans praise exceptional durability through punishing elements, 50+ longevity, and eclectic aesthetics bringing unique accents properties proudly.

Choosing metal means considering:

STEEL

Pros

– Most affordable metal option

– Optional coatings prevent rust

Cons

– Requires additional bracing

– Noisier during rainstorms

COPPER

Pros

– Distinctive patinas over decades

– 100% recyclable

Cons

– Higher upfront costs

– Regular cleaning preserves richness

ALUMINUM

Pros

– Lighter material; fast installation

– Hail/impact resistant

Cons

– Paints fade faster than steel

– Avoid in salt air climates

Takeaway: While pricier initially, durable metals justify lifecycle investments appreciating beautifully, like a beloved heirloom handcrafted piece, for discerning owners valuing lasting craftsmanship.

Rubber and Synthetic Roofing

Where cost-effective reliable waterproofing remains priority, engineered thermoplastic and rubber prove wonderful.

Think:

EPDM RUBBER

Pros

– Extreme weather/UV tolerant

– Seamless sheet installations

Cons

– Lacks dimensional curb appeal

– Avoid climbing on surface

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)

Pros

– Reflective white remarkably energy efficient

– Low life-cycle environmental impact

Cons

– Requires covering to shield from UV rays

– Avoid exposed interior rafters

Our Viewpoint Budget friendly synthetic systems emphasize back-of-house weather priorities wonderfully freeing facades accommodate other accent aesthetics dramatically upfront.

Tile

While prominent in Mediterranean architecture, specialty concrete, porcelain and clay tiles charm discerning homeowners celebrating artisanal old world craftsmanship through intricate styles and fade-resistant color integrity decades strong.

But tiles demand considerations around:

CONCRETE

Pros

– Thick; Structurally reinforced

– Creative shape/color options

Cons

– Brittle in extreme cold weather

– Professional installation advised

CLAY

Pros

– Lightweight material for roofs

-matches brick/stone cladding

Cons

– Avoid high altitude freeze/thaw zones

– Needs roof slopes >4:12 pitch

PORCELAIN

Pros

– Dense material resists water wonderfully

– Unlimited style and color options

Cons

– Generally avoid roof installation

– Risk breakage without professional handling

Our Perspective: Where specialty tile roofs accent homes dramatically, ensure architectures merit invested premiums supporting proper weight loads/pitches allowing artistry strutting safely.

We hope this overview helps frame key considerations choosing roofing systems that suit Richmond architectural styles and climate exposures specifically.

Discuss visions with contractors ensuring selections celebrate homes wonderfully for decades ahead!

Which roofing material most intrigues you currently and why?

Comment your current favorite below so we can all weigh benefits thoughtfully together!

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