Choosing the Perfect Roof for Your Home

Nov 17, 2014


One of the most common questions we hear from our roofing clients is, “How long will it last?” Roofing is no cheap project, so every property owner needs to know how long their chosen roofing material will last. Sundance Custom Homes, LLC is located in Earleville, Maryland, and we assist a variety of residential property owners with roofing and other general contracting needs. Today we’re going to discuss different roofing materials to give you a better understanding of your roofing options.

Asphalt Shingles

We’ll start with the most common type of shingle – asphalt. Asphalt shingles are comprised of either an organic paper fiber mat or fiberglass, and then combined with asphalt and coated with small granules of minerals to provide the grainy appearance. They are available in traditional three-tab sheets or laminated architectural shingles. They can be used on nearly any slope, they’re cost effective, and provide good fire resistance and fair wind resistance. Heavy winds, such as hurricane winds, will likely tear them from the roof. Their cost effectiveness makes them a good option in Northwest Maryland, regardless of their low wind resistance. They generally last 15-20 years, and laminated asphalt shingles may last 20-30 years.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is available in a variety of materials including steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy. They may be purchased in nearly any color to match your home’s overall appearance. They’re more expensive than asphalt, but they’re also very durable. Costs vary based on the type of metal used. Steel will, for example, be much less expensive than copper. Metal roofing material is well suited to nearly any roof pitch, and provides good resistance to both fire and wind. A metal roof may last for more than 30-50 years, or more.

Clay Tile

Clay is a natural mud-like substance that is molded and fired in a kiln to create a strong roofing tile. Clay tiles are more expensive than both asphalt shingles and most metal roofing types. They’re very low maintenance, but may break easily if tree limbs or other debris make strong contact. They provide excellent fire resistance and fair to low wind resistance. They can last up to 100 years if properly maintained and cracked pieces promptly moved.

Plastic Polymer

Plastic polymer shingles are rapidly growing in popularity among today’s homeowners. They’re a little more expensive than asphalt shingles but not as expensive as clay tiles. They’re extremely eco-friendly and created to take on the appearance of slate or wood shakes. They’re a long lasting, 50 or more years, low maintenance option for nearly any slope. They have good fire and wind resistance, making them a good choice for Earleville and the surrounding areas.


Manufacturer warranties will vary with each type of shingle and oftentimes from manufacturer to manufacturer. Check the warranties to make sure you understand the terms and conditions before making your final decision to purchase. If you still need help choosing the best roofing material for your home, feel free to call us here at Sundance Custom Homes, LLC. We’ll help make plans for your new roof.

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