Many residential roofs are shingle (made from asphalt) because it is generally the least expensive and a great looking choice, you can also choose slate, tile or metal, and in some places wood is still allowed.
Other than making sure to choose a licensed and insured reputable roofer, the most important thing when buying a new roof, is to understand as much as you can about roofing materials.
Asphalt shingles are also most recommended by roofers for durability, ease of installation as well as the wide selection of styles and colors. They are very effective for many temperatures and provide excellent waterproofing. While this type of roof is usually has a 30 year warranty, you can expect them to last longer than that.
Clay and concrete tiles are quite enduring and available in an assortment of colors. They offer a contemporary yet old-school look. They are very durable, most clay and concrete tiles have a 50-year warranty. However, you will find that they are much pricier than asphalt shingles.
Where serious winter conditions are a factor, metal roofing can be a great solution. These are usually constructed of steel, aluminum or copper which has replaced the tin roofs of the past. Metal roofs can expect a very long life of 50+ years.
Wood roofing material is best known as “wood shake” or “wood shingles”. They are chosen for their natural look and aesthetic addition to a home. When not properly cared for, mold and rot can propagate. And, of course, as we have found in SoCal, fire can be a serious threat. Wood shakes and shingles are expected to last 30 to 40 years.
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