Nowadays there are so many types and styles of roofing materials that trying to choose the proper one for your roof can be a really tough work.
Before taking any decision, you have to take into consideration how long you want your roof to last, if you want it to complement the design of the house, the price you want to pay or if you prefer eco-friendly and natural products.
Have a look at this list of the most popular roofing products. Which one is the best choice for you?
1. Wood shingles
They are commonly made of cedar, but can also be made of other rot resistant woods, such as redwood. Wood gives a natural look but it has a short lifespan and requires periodic maintenance.
2. Plastic polymer
These durable synthetic roofing shingles can be recycled when replaced. They have low maintenance.
3. Clay tiles
Made from natural clay fired in a kiln, they are made from natural materials but require significant energy to be made. They may be long lasting and low maintenance but brittle and can break. They are also quite expensive.
4. Concrete tiles
They are less expensive than clay tiles and can last a long time. They are made from natural materials but require significant energy to manufacture.
It can be made by steel, aluminum, copper or zinc. Metal can be recycled when replaced, but requires significant energy to manufacture. Its durability depends on the material.
6. Asphalt Composition Shingles.
They are usually made of either organic paper fiber mat or fiberglass impregnated with asphalt and coated with mineral granules. It is not expensive but it is neither very durable nor eco-friendly.
7. Natural slate
Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials. The value of natural slate lies in its impermeability, durability and versatility.