If you’re thinking about hiring roofing contractors to redo your roof, you may be wondering what type of roof is the best option for you. In this guide, we’ll discuss the basics about some common roofing materials including metal, asphalt shingles, and more.
An asphalt shingle roof is usually the cheapest option if you want to replace your roof. These roofing shingles are lightweight and resist water, and asphalt roofing panels are also resistant to impact from hail and wind-blown debris, since they are flexible and can absorb the impact.
The main drawback is that they have a short lifespan. You will be lucky to get 20 or 30 years from these shingles, so if you want a
Clay Tiles (Terracotta)
Clay tiles, also called terracotta roofing are made from durable clay materials that are fired in a kiln. They may be left plain, or covered with enamel to improve their durability and change their colour.
Clay tiles are very durable and strong and have a 50-year to 100-year lifespan, depending on how well they’re installed. However, they are very heavy and may require more reinforcement for your roof, and they are quite expensive.
Steel Roof Systems
Steel and other metal roofing are fire resistant, can last 50 years or longer, and are suitable for both gently and steeply sloped roofs. They are also great for solar panels – in fact, standing seam metal roofs are often considered the “gold standard” for solar panels.
These tiles are similar to slate tiles, but they are made of pressed concrete, usually around a cellulose core. They do not last as long – about 50 years – but are cheaper than naturally-quarried slate, as well as terra cotta.
Concrete tiles are very durable and strong, though, and are a good “in-between” choice if you don’t want an asphalt roof, but aren’t willing to invest in slate or terra cotta tiles.
Wood Shingles & Shakes
If you want a sustainable roof that looks very unique, wood roofing may be a good choice. Usually made of high-quality cedar, wood shingles and shakes have a very unique, heritage look that’s great if your home is more rustic.
And, because they are minimally-processed and sourced from trees, this type of roofing is much more environmentally-friendly than an alternative like asphalt shingles. However, wood roofs do require more maintenance than most other types of roofs.
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