There are a handful of different materials that are used for your roof, it used to be that you had the choice between tiles and asphalt shingles. Today if you are building a home or just looking at replacing your roof you have a ton of choices. Let’s look at the different type of roofing materials so you can make an informed choice on your next roof.
Asphalt shingles are probably the most common roofing material in the market, you can use them in almost any climate and they are one of the cheapest options. The quality can vary and if you live in an area that seem hail storms on a regular basis then look for a shingle that is at least impact resistant. The downside to asphalt shingles is they don’t have as long a life span as some of the other roofing materials and you don’t have as many color and style choices.
Metal roofs are far more durable than most of the other options here with a lifespan of more than 50 years, you will never have to replace them in your lifetime. Snow slides right off, they can endure high winds and they are resistant to heat. They are lightweight and you can put the right on top of your existing roof. They do cost more than shingles or slate but it is well worth it. There are a lots of options as far as color and style, you can even get them to look like tiles or shake. Here is a look at how versatile metal roofing can be.
Slate can be very durable and last for nearly a century, it is waterproof and can tolerate the heat really well. You don’t get mold or fungus and it looks great in any climate. Slate is very expensive, heavy and it can break pretty easily that is why you don’t see it very often. It is not ideal in places where hailstorms happen regularly. For the money you may be better off with a metal roof designed to look like slate.
Stone Coated Steel
These are roofing panels that are meant to look like slate or clay tiles only less expensive and a bit more durable. They are weather resistant and come with a lifetime guarantee and they make a great choice if you want a roof with more style, yet without the expensive price tag.
Your roof should not only be durable but it should match the style of your home. Talk to your roofing contractor to see the best options for your home.