Four Elements Restoration – By Ayden Reda

Spring is approach which means its time to bring out the best decor, water the grass and make your home look beautiful. Unfortunately, It’s also a time for extreme weather: hail, wind, tornadoes etc. Weather can cause lots of wear and damage on your home, especially your roof. If you decide on making the valuable investment of replacing your roof this spring, what are some of the best options?

1. Asphalt Shingles (Lasts 20-30 years)

You’ve probably seen it before.

Asphalt Shingles are very common on most American homes. Its easy to understand why, Asphalt Shingles are:

  • Affordable
  • Can last up to 30 years
  • Can be installed on almost any roof shape
  • come in various colors and styles

This is usually the best option for many homeowners. On most of our home restoration projects we use Asphalt roofing to ensure customers have the very best protection for their homes, while also allowing homeowners to chose styles that fit their aesthetics.

2. Metal Roofing

A beautiful metal roof.

Metal Roofing is less common in the american market, however it is still a great choice. The longevity of metal roofing is what makes it a great investment. Depending on the type of metal, your roof can last anywhere from 40 to 100 years! Copper is the metal that usually lasts the longest, so if metal is a great choice for you and your family: it could literally last a lifetime.

3. Wood Shake Roof (20-40 years)

Wood Shake Roof.

If you love a natural look and value environmentally-friendly products, Wood shakes can be a great option. Cedar is a great wood material because it’s strong, beautiful, and reduces energy consumption. Cedar roofs last long and the reason is that they contain natural oils that make them resistant to decay and pests.

Some construction companies do not install wood roofing, so make sure you hire a professional who can take care of the specific look and functionality you are going for on your home.

4. Slate Roof (Lasts 50-125 years)

Slate roofs are one of the oldest types of roofs for houses. This only means that a slate roof is very durable. It can be more expensive, but is a worthy investment since it can last generations!

Slate is made from natural stone, and are recyclable and environmentally-friendly. Your only concern is the weight. Since they’re extremely heavy, your contractor should reinforce the roof deck. This allows it to accommodate the weight of the slate roof. Make sure that your contractor is experienced and qualified when putting in a new roofing system.


Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer or EPDM, for short, is a rubber roofing membrane. While it’s a leading material among commercial properties, many homes use it. Affordability is one reason why EPDM is sought after.

So… Have you learned enough about the types of roofs for houses? Of course, there is plenty other options to discover but this list is a great starting point. If you are looking to replace a roof or your home has any storm damage, we offer free inspections to anyone in the Chicago-land area who suspects they may have damage.

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