Different Types of Roofing Materials

  1. Slate

Slate is a heavy material and is the most durable roofing material on earth. Owners can choose between natural slate tiles or composite slate tiles. Investing in a slate roof is a “forever” decision. Slate roofs can last more than 100 years. Best of all, the slate tile is almost maintenance-free.

  1. Timber Shakes and Shingles

Cedar and other hardwoods come in a wide variety of textures, sizes, and colors and give homes an attractive look directly from the picture. But these types of roofs are considered one of the most demanding materials on the market.

  1. Tile

Roof tiles are very popular and come in a variety of materials. Homeowners can choose from terracotta clay tiles or cement tiling that can last up to 50 years. However, these tiles require a lot of maintenance. Cement is not mold-resistant and terracotta tiles are prone to cracking and corrosion by bird droppings. Birds also like to nest in terracotta tiles, which will greatly shorten the life of the roof.

  1. Metal

Metal is an attractive and durable option for roofing material. Metal roofs, also known as steel roofs, are made of a variety of materials, including zinc, copper, alloys, and steel.

Steel roofs are also much lighter than slate or tile. Metal roofs are available in different styles and colors, and a metal roof can last between 30 and 50 years. However, metal is prone to dents and corrosion by environmental pollutants.

  1. Asphalt shingles

Roofing asphalt roofing is extremely popular because of its versatility and affordable price. However, these roofs do not last long and homeowners will need to replace them more often than other materials.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a metal slate roof?

Disadvantages of slate roof:

  • Very Expensive
  • Usually heavy


The advantages of a slate roof:

  • Very attractive
  • Durable
  • It requires little maintenance
  • It comes in various colors, shapes, thicknesses, and textures.


Advantages of a metal roof:

  • It comes in Lighter material
  • It comes in a variety of colors.
  • Cheaper than a slate roof


Disadvantages of metal roof:

  • It is subject to corrosion and rush.
  • More expensive to repair
  • It requires more maintenance than a slate roof
  • It doesn’t last as long as a slate roof.

Factors that determine the best root sheet to be used.

  • Budget
  • Architectural style
  • The structural integrity of the building
  • Weather, time and location


How to Know if the roof needs to be Replaced or Repaired

In some cases, the owner may choose to repair instead of replacing the entire roof probably due to cost. Worn out or missing asphalt shingles can be replaced as well as cracked or missing tiles. When it comes to slate roofing, an experienced contractor can find the right tile and replace the cracks. Contractors can also replace parts of the metal roof that have been corroded or clogged.

Cost is a good rule of thumb to follow when deciding to repair or replace your roof. If the repair exceeds 20% of the replacement cost, you may need to install a new roof. Additionally, if your roof is nearing the end of its useful life, it is best to take this step and install a new one.