Some home remodels are more urgent than others. That is, some people would love to make a bunch of cosmetic upgrades to their property, but they need to make repairs and improvements instead. For instance, a leaky roof can wreak havoc on your foundation and the overall structure of your house. Replacing your roofing material is one of the most worthwhile investments.

Most people, already stretching their budget to replace the roof material, are looking for a product that is going to be cheap and easy to maintain in the long term. Obviously, some products require a minimal amount maintenance but last longer than others. This article is a basic guide to the three most popular roofing materials.

Asphalt Tiles

Asphalt tiles are popular for their practicality and no-nonsense look. Asphalt tiles aren't exactly ugly, but they don't have ornate, decorative style features that you are going to brag about. They are straightforward and usually made in neutral colors. They can complement your home style. They are very affordable because they are often made out of recycled materials. Most asphalt tiles consist of asphalt, sand, plastic, and adhesive. Usually, an asphalt tile roof will last 50 years, but a tile may need to be replaced here and there. As long as you replaced damaged tiles as they pop up, you probably won't have any more serious problems.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are definitely one of the most sought after roofing materials because of the way that they look. However, they aren't the most practical material. A wood shingle roof can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years. If you live somewhere that is wet and rainy, wood probably isn't going to last very long.

Synthetic Tiles

Synthetic tiles are probably the cheapest and most practical product to own. These are made out of special formulas that are waterproof and durable. Basically, synthetic tiles are designed specifically for roofing, so they have longer lifespans and lower maintenance needs.

Modern synthetic tile products are usually manufactured to look like other natural materials, like wood or raw stone. However, many people are opposed to these manufactured finishes because they think they look cheap and fake.

Synthetic tiles can last over 100 years. You just need to decide if you want something that is more stylish, like real wood, or more practical like a synthetic child with a fake wood print. Speak with local roofing contractors to learn more about your shingle material options.