Types Of Roofing Materials /
Shingle, Tile, Wood, Metal

Choosing The Right Roofing Material


The type of roofing material you use on your property will contribute to its overall value and determine how well the property is protected from the elements. The choice of roofing materials in the market is varied, each with its unique features. When choosing roofing materials, you want products that will offer the best return on your investment while meeting your specific needs such as longevity, esthetics and cost and so on. For most property owners, the best roofing materials offer a balance between these factors. Here are some of the popular types of roofing materials and their attributes:

Asphalt Shingles

Also known as composition shingles, these are a popular choice for many roof construction or replacement projects. Asphalt shingles are made from a combination of fiberglass or cellulose with mineral granules and asphalt. They are easy to install, economical and relatively long lasting. However, the quality, price and longevity of composite shingles from different manufacturers can vary widely. On average, these products can last between 15 and 50 years.

Clay Roofing Tile

These are available in a range of styles and color options, which can add to the esthetic appeal of a property. Clay and concrete tile is also quite durable with good energy efficiency. It is low maintenance and can last up to 100 years. However, due to this material's bulkiness, the underlying structure should be engineered to withstand the weight of the roofing tiles. The tile can also be expensive when compared with other types of roofing materials.

Wood Shingles

This type of roofing is typically made from redwood, cypress, western red cider or pine. Wood has been used for many years and is a favorite roofing choice to date because of its appealing natural look. When choosing wood however, it is important to consider factors such as building codes susceptibility to fires and other damage. Proper maintenance is necessary to damage-proof the wood and keep it in good condition for many years.

Metal Sheeting

Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials including steel, copper and aluminium. There is also variety in colors, and form, with some available in as 'standing seam' and others as tile. If you want metal sheeting that resembles asphalt roofing, metal roofing with a stone coating that has the texture of asphalt roofing is available. The strength of metal is perhaps one of the biggest advantages of this type of roofing material, which can last between 30 to 50 years. Metal roofing is also fire proof and offers good energy efficiency and snow/ ice shedding. For better results, buy metal roofing from manufacturers that specialize in this type of material.


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