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Most Popular Roofing Materials

Oct 9

 

Roofs are a key part of any home improvement project. Like any large investment, it is important to ensure that your roof will last for a long period of time and offer maximum protection from the weather. There are many different roofing materials that you can choose from, each with their unique pros and cons. We'll be discussing some of the most widely used roofing materials so you can make an informed choice about what material is right for you.

Standing-Seam Metal

Standing-Seam Metal is an increasingly popular type of metal roofing. The material should only be installed by a professional. It does not require any special treatment after installation. Standing-Seam roofing is typically made of aluminum, copper, galvanized and stainless steel as well as zinc coated titanium.

Standing seam roofs offer many advantages, including:

  • Standing-seam steel is generally more affordable than other types (depending on what type).
  • Metal roofs don't need to be changed as frequently as slate and shingle roofs, which can lead to homeowners spending thousands.
  • If you desire, the roof color can be customized to match your home's exterior. This makes it unnecessary to paint so that they always look new.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic Tile is a roofing material made of durable, beautiful ceramic tiles that are easy to clean.

Ceramic Tile roofs made of clay and concrete are interlocking tiles. They can be washed with the hose, if needed. Ceramic Roofs can also be damaged by water.

  • Ceramic tile roofs are not as affordable as other options, but it lasts much longer than shingle roofing.
  • These tiles must only be installed by licensed professionals. You should hire an installer before installing any tile.

Metal Mimics Tile

Metal Mimics Tile is a roofing product that can be used where it is not possible to put tile. It is also cheaper than other types of roofing material, as it does not require as much maintenance as shingle roofs.

Carports are one type of metal mimic roofing. Although they may look the same as regular tiles, carport slates made out of steel are stronger than concrete or clay.

Slate

Slate is a very popular and durable stone roofing material. It doesn't require any maintenance and can last for as long as 20 years without special treatments. However, it could need repair after 15-20 year if it isn’t maintained properly. Slate, a heavy stone material, is more costly to install than other roofing materials such as shingle or metal roofs.

Wooden Shingles

The popularity of wooden shingles has increased in recent years due to their ease of recycling, quick installation and aesthetic appeal. The natural color of wood shingles gives them a high-quality appearance that won't fade like asphalt or ceramic tile shingles. The only problem with this type of roof is its high cost. It costs three times as much to install than other roofing materials, such as clay tiles, slate or metal.

Wooden Shingles should not be warped by humidity. Wood expands when wet and contracts when it dries. If this is not done properly, it can cause shrinkage or warping and may result in cracks around nails/boards after several months.

Modern Spanish Tile

Modern Spanish Tile, a type of roofing material, is highly popular in warmer climates due to its ability to withstand high humidity. The tiles are made from a tile base of clay or tile with glazed ceramic tiles. This provides a beautiful, durable surface that is also easy to maintain and install.

Granite Tiles

Granite Tiles can be expensive, but are very popular because they have a long-lasting durability. These roofs need extra care in order to withstand heavy snowfalls or freezing temperatures. That is why so many homeowners choose them for Colorado winters.