Shingles, Tiles & Slates, Oh My! (Material Pro's & Con's)
When it comes time to choose which material you’d like for your new roofing project, it is best to weigh each product against your needs. Dependent on your climate, weather conditions and budget, some roofing materials simply hold up better than others. Below is a list of 3 commonly used roofing materials and the positive and negative aspects of each.
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material by roofers here in America, and are usually the most affordable option. These shingles offer the homeowner a low maintenance, durable roof, that with proper maintenance, can provide water-tight protection for up 20+ years. There is a wide range of color and style options on the market, and recently, they've introduced smog-reducing and reflective options, making some of them a "Cool / Green Roof" option for those seeking an environmentally friendly roofing material. There aren't many drawbacks for this this roofing option, but wind can prove to be a bit of a bear. Windy weather conditions can cause shingles to tear or totally blow off of your home, taking with them the ability to keep your home protected from water infiltration. But fear not, with proper nailing/installation, an Asphalt Shingle roof can bear the brunt of all kinds of inclement weather for years.
Slate is undoubtably at the top of the tier amongst roofing products and is the most costly roofing material on this list. They are a wonderful option for those who are looking for an environmentally friendly roofing option as slate is a naturally occurring element. Their natural composition makes each one individual, and so, they come in a multitude of colors and can be individually shaped to create a truly custom roof. Another perk is that they are unmatched in durability and longevity, it is not uncommon to see a natural slate roof that has lasted 70-100+ years or longer, and as if that isn't impressive enough, they are fire, water and mold resistant. A slate roof essentially ends up paying for itself over and over throughout it’s lifespan, but with all things there are bound to be drawbacks. Aside from being the most expensive roofing material option on the market, slate tile roofs are not suitable for every home. They are extremely heavy, so they should only be installed on a structure that is prepared to handle such weight, and the installation should NEVER be attempted by a novice. Slate roofs should only be installed by a licensed, reputable roofer / slater, as it takes years of practice and experience to properly execute these incredible roofs.
Much like Slate, Clay tile is a naturally occurring material that is fire, water and mold resistant. Clay tiles, much like slate, are one of the more costly roofing materials on the market; however, having this type of roofing material installed on your home may help to increase it's resale value due to their incredibly long lifespan, 50+ years is pretty much standard. Much like slate, Tile is very heavy, so it is important that it is installed on a structure that is capable of withstanding this weight. One of the few drawbacks is that they are very fragile and can easily crack or break if walked on, so make sure you always call a roofing professional when regular maintenance or repairs are needed.
A reputable roofing contractor like C&J Roofing Co., Inc. can help guide you through the decision making process when you’re ready to upgrade your roof, so be sure to give us a ring! One of our experts will come to your home and provide you with a FREE ESTIMATE to get you started on your journey to a new roof!