Asphalt shingles are the most common form of roofing in the United States because they are the simplest, the cheapest, and the most flexible. Slate and clay tiles last the longest, although they are more expensive than metal or wood. Green roofs and solar shingles, for example, are among the most costly forms of roofing.
There are various ways to replace your old roof while being cost-effective. You might want to do a little research before deciding. There are different features that you will want to look out for. Here are some alternative roofing materials to consider…
There are several possible materials when it comes to metal roofing. Whether it is sheet metal, tile, enameled steel, galvanized steel, painted copper, or the famous “white” metal roof, they all remain exciting options
The advantages of metal roofing are the very long lifespan and the fact that the roof is 100% recyclable. This type of roofing remains a sensible choice. It requires a very low level of maintenance so that you can repaint it after a couple of years.
One disadvantage of having a metal roof is that it gets noisy whenever there is heavy rain, except if you like the sound of the rain like me., You may want to add an attic insulation which may cost a little more, but it will solve this problem.
Wooden roofs are experiencing a resurgence of interest lately, especially with the development of ecological houses. Let’s take a look at a roofing material that is very charming.
Wood roofing has many advantages; it has excellent water resistance,
resistance to wind and impact such as hail and projectiles brought by violent winds. It is also easy to repair with a small team, or even on you own.
However, you will need treatment against wood-eating insects, especially termites and other small beasts that can sneak into the roof. Price can be a barrier to installing a wood roof; there is a cost of purchase and installation, which can sometimes be high when the roof is custom made.
Clay is a material known since the dawn of time. Made of sediment and water, clay is known for being natural. Being natural is not the only advantage that you will benefit from when using clay tiles. A clay tile roof is the guarantee of healthy air in the house.
Tiles are a very rigid and pretty resistant material. If properly and carefully installed, they can withstand very strong winds. They are also known to have a long lifespan, up to 30 years for clay tiles.
Clay tiles require a lot of maintenance, approximately once a year after a storm, to ensure no tiles have been moved. Please note that if you live in extremely hot or cold weather, clay tiles will not be a good option as clay tiles tend to crack when exposed to burning or freezing weather.
Covering your roof with slate will allow you to benefit from exceptional qualities of waterproofing, insulation, and strength. Slate is waterproof and fire-resistant, and it does not crack under from frost and does not fear big heat compared to clay tiles. This material is very resistant, so much so that a slate roof can last up to 100 years.
The installation of slate roofing can be expensive. Installing a slate roof is not something you can tackle by yourself due to its specific positioning, which requires special skills that your roofing contractor should have. Slate roofing requires the prior installation of a wooden frame on which the roofer then fixes the slates with hooks or nails to guarantee its perfect waterproofing. A slate roof must also have specific vents.
So you will have to pay for these additional things, other than the slate itself, which once again increase the price.
Here are four types of roofing other than concrete that you may consider for your house, depending on your budget. If you are planning on staying there for a long time, you can invest a little more as you can enjoy the roof before moving out. Let us know in the comments which one of these roofing methods you like the most…