Types of Roofing Materials We Use
Metal roofs are a solid option if you want protection against most elements and don’t really care about the aesthetics. Metal roofing typically comes in vertical panels or shingles and can be made from steel, aluminum, zinc, and copper depending on your needs. Metal roofs are extremely durable and will resist everything from heavy rains, snow, fire, high winds, and more. They can also be installed over existing roofs. With a life expectancy of over 50 years, it’s hard to beat in terms of an investment. The installation process can be complicated, however, and should only be attempted by an experienced roofing professional. Some of the downsides of installing a metal roof include noisiness during bad weather, dents easily, and will need to be repainted over time.
Asphalt shingles are by and far the most common roofing material used in North America. The reason for the asphalt shingle’s popularity is due to its affordability and resilience to the majority of environmental conditions. Not just that, asphalt shingles come in a variety of styles and colors, are easy to install, provide waterproofing to avoid leaks, and can be used in a number of climates. Asphalt shingles are generally expected to last about 20 or so years, which means you’ll likely have to have them replaced at some point during your lifetime. Over time, asphalt roofs will fade, and depending on your area and how often you maintain your roof, it can start to grow algae.
If you’re looking for a stylish option for your home or commercial property’s roof, you should definitely add slate roofing to your list. Slate roofing can last more than a century if properly maintained, and is by far the most attractive roofing material available. With that being said, slate is also one of the most expensive roofing materials on the market. Because slate is made from stone, it is naturally resistant to fire, water, mold, and fungus. It’s also relatively easy to maintain and comes in a variety of colors and styles. The most significant disadvantages of installing slate roofing tiles are their weight, cost, and the high level of prowess needed to install something that can easily be broken if stepped on.
Clay and Concrete Tiles
A robust and naturally tough roofing material, clay and concrete tiles are able to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions. Based on a study done by the University of Southern California for the Tile Roofing Institute on clay and concrete roof tiles, they are able to resist damage from natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, and even tornadoes. Clay and concrete roof tiles are best suited for warm climates with little rain. There’s a possibility that they might require extra support to account for their weight and like slate, can also be broken underfoot. However, in the case of clay and concrete tiles, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages as they can last more than 50 years, will not catch fire, rot, or become a home for insects.