Most often, roofs use asphalt shingles because they’re cheap, readily available, and last around two decades before needing to be replaced. However, when replacing a roof or building a new construction home, many homeowners don’t realize that they can choose different roofing materials. There are many different materials that can be used on roofs that have different advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the different materials homeowners can use on their roofs.
Before asphalt shingles rose to popularity, wooden shingles were the most commonly used type for homes. They’ve become less common due to their price, as they’re more expensive than asphalt shingles, and they aren’t well suited for every climate. Wood warps when overexposed to water, so wooden shingles aren’t ideal for wet climates. However, on a home located in a dry climate and with proper maintenance, wooden shingles can last about 50 years—more than twice as long as asphalt shingles. Wooden shingles may seem like a bad idea to some homeowners because they could be a fire hazard, but they can be treated with a special coating that will make them fire-resistant and safer to put on a home.
One roofing material that’s very different from the normal shingles most people are familiar with is slate, a type of stone. Instead of being nailed or glued down, sheets of slate hang off of nails. Because of this, slate needs a very steep roof in order to work well. Slate roofs are well-liked among homeowners who are trying to have a greener home. Slate is a 100% natural stone, and it can last decades or even a century when used on a roof. And if the homeowner decides they no longer want a slate roof, the slate can be recycled and used for other products that require slate.
Concrete or Clay Tiles
Clay tiles have been used on roofs for a long time, and they’re especially common in hot and dry climates, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be used anywhere else. A lot of people associate clay tiles with Mexico and the American southwest, but clay tiles can be molded and colored to have a wide array of different appearances, so homeowners here in Canada don’t have to worry about their home sticking out among their neighbors. These tiles can even mimic both wooden shingles and slate, so it can potentially be a good alternative for homeowners who like those options but find them too expensive or have another problem with them.
Homeowners typically don’t think of metal tiles when they think about roofing materials for their home, and this is because metal tiles are most commonly found on commercial buildings and farms. However, in recent years, manufactures have realized they can mold and color the metal so it can look good on a residential home without making it look industrial. Metal tiles are extremely durable, but they have a high cost because of it, so homeowners should be aware of that if they’re interested in them. Metal tile roofs also need a bit more maintenance than other choices because they tend to get leaves stuck in their grooves.
Elbow Valley homeowners who need a new roof for their home shouldn’t feel obligated to go with asphalt shingles just because they’re common or it’s what they had before. There are many other options out there, and these are just some of them. When looking for the right material, be sure to look into every option or even consult a roofer who can provide more expert advice.