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Most popular roofing materials

Oct 9

 

The most important home improvement project is roofing materials. You want to make sure your roof lasts for many years and is protected from the elements. There are many kinds of roofing materials, each with their pros and cons. We will be discussing the most common options for roofing material so you can make informed decisions about which type will best suit your needs.

Standing-Seam Metal

Standing-Seam Metal, a type of metal roofing, has seen an increase in popularity over the past few years. It must be installed by a professional. The material does not require any special treatment prior to or after installation. Standing-Seam Roofs can be made with aluminum, copper galvanized, stainless steel, or zinc coated titanium.

Standing seam roofs provide many benefits such as:

  • Standing seam metal is typically more affordable than other types depending on the type.
  • Metal roofs are durable and can last for decades, unlike slate or shingle roofs that need to be replaced every few years. That saves homeowners thousands!
  • You can match your roof color to your home's exterior if you choose! You don't have to paint them, so they will always look fresh.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic Tile is a roofing material which is beautiful, durable, and easy to maintain.

Ceramic Tile roofs can be made of clay or concrete with thin, interlocking ceramic tiles. They are easy to maintain as they can be washed using a hose. Ceramic Roofs do have disadvantages.

  • The main problem with ceramic tile roofs is their high cost. However, they last much longer than shingle roofs and are less expensive.
  • Installing tile on this type of roof requires professionals and not an amateur. Before you purchase any tiles, make sure to hire an installer!

Tiles of Metal Mimics

Metal Mimics Tile, a roofing material made from metal and can be installed in areas that are difficult to install tile. It is also less expensive than other materials and requires less maintenance. Shingle roofs need to be replaced more often.

Carports are an example of this type. Although they look just like regular tiles, these carport slates can be made of steel.

Slate

Slate is a popular choice for roofing materials. It is durable and well-liked. It is very durable and requires minimal maintenance. Some reports suggest it can last up 20 years with no special treatment, but may need to be replaced after about 15-20 years if it isn't properly maintained. Slate is a hard stone material. Because of this, the installation cost can be more expensive than shingle roofs. But it's less costly than metal roofing.

Wooden Shingles

They are recyclable easily and easy to install. Wooden shingles have a natural color that isn't affected by heat or blotches, and they also look high-quality. However, this roof comes with a drawback: the installation cost is three times higher than for other materials like slate, clay tiles, or metal roofs.

Wooden Shingles need to be installed with care as wood expands and contracts when dry. This can lead to shrinkage and warping, which could cause cracks around nails and boards after a few months.

Modern Spanish Tile

Modern Spanish Tile is a type and style of roofing material that is very popular in warmer climates. It can withstand high humidity. It is made up of a clay-based tile base and glazed ceramic tiles on the top. This creates a beautiful and durable surface but is difficult to install or repair.

Granite Tiles

Granite Tiles are an excellent choice because of their durability. However, they can be quite expensive due to the cost of the material. Granite Tiles require special care to avoid cracking or breaking due to heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures or other extreme weather conditions. Many homeowners choose to have them installed in Colorado winters where high altitude weather is more common.