Spring, summer, and fall weather offers more than just a time for recreational enjoyment. In fact, these seasons are when most homeowners choose to tackle needed exterior home renovation projects. One of the most common of these exterior renovation projects is roof replacement, due to age, damage, or both. While replacing the existing roofing material with the same type is common, homeowners should also know that replacement time can be a perfect time to consider switching to a different roofing material.

Homeowners who make plans to replace their roof this year can utilize the following information to help them compare common roofing materials so they can make an informed decision.

Composite asphalt shingles 

If your current roof was installed within the past two decades, chances are good that it was constructed using composite asphalt shingles. This popular roofing material is typically manufactured with a fiberglass or organic base saturated with asphalt. The shingle's surface is then heavily coated with chips of ceramic, slate, or other impermeable materials that resist wear and deterioration. Composite asphalt shingles continue to provide excellent cost efficiency, easy installation, and a life expectancy of 20-22 years. 

Standing-seam metal

As metal has become more commonly used in residential housing applications, a type called standing-seam has become one of the most well-known and requested for home roofing needs. This type of roofing utilizes large panels installed to overlap along their edges to form raised or standing seams. 

Standing seam metal roofing panels are known for being ultra-low maintenance and capable of lasting longer than most other types of roofing materials. Another important benefit of using standing-seam or other metal roofing is its fire-resistant qualities, making it particularly useful in areas where wildfire is a concern. 

Wooden shakes and shingles 

Another roofing material known for offering a long lifespan and rustically beautiful appearance is wood in the form of shakes or shingles. While both are similar in appearance once installed, wooden shakes are thicker than wooden shingles.

The additional thickness offered by wooden shakes makes them less apt to curl, split, or cup than thinner wooden shingles. Homeowners should know, however, that both wooden shakes and shingles require ongoing maintenance to keep them in good condition, including periodic removal of debris, moss, or algae growth. 

To learn more about these and other types of roofing materials, homeowners should take time to contact a roofing professional before making their final decision.