MORE ON ROOFING MATERIALS
Let’s look at a few of the different roofing material options and examine the advantages and disadvantages of each
Pros: These are among the most popular roofing materials in the United States. Three-tab asphalt shingles are not only some of the most inexpensive options, they’re also guaranteed to last for about 20 to 30 years with regular maintenance. They’re available in about a dozen different colors, so you have some freedom to personalize the appearance of your roof with them.
Cons: The one downside to asphalt is how common it is. If you’re after a roofing material that’s a little more distinctive and won’t make your home blend in with the crowd quite as much, you should consider the next option on our list.
Pros: These have a charming, rustic appearance that over time fades to a silvery hue, which can blend into your home’s surrounding landscape. These shingles are made from several different species of wood — cedar is an especially popular choice. Wood shingles are ideal if you prioritize air circulation or if you need to incorporate a retrofit, but there are still a couple of drawbacks.
Cons: One drawback is that they require a lot of maintenance. They need to be washed to remove moss and lichen, and they need to be periodically re-sealed with a wood finish to keep them in good condition and prolong their life expectancy.
Pros: If you opt for slate shingles, you’re gaining a number of advantages. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, it’s also incredibly resistant to inclement weather elements, such as rain, ice and snow. This protects the interior of your home from unwanted moisture. Slate shingles can also last for generations longer than other materials. For this reason, it’s also significantly more expensive than many other types of shingles. For homeowners who want the look of slate without paying top dollar, there are also convincing fake slate options available.
Cons: Slate isn’t as popularly used due to its weight. It requires a stronger roof to support it, so it isn’t seen as often in modern homes.
Although more popular in commercial dwellings than private residences, there’s something to be said for the spare, minimalist look of a metal roof. Not only is it inexpensive, easy to install and endowed with an especially long life expectancy, it’s also notable for being water-tight. A typical metal roof can be expected to last for upwards of 50 years.