The different options for roofing materials on the market can be overwhelming. In this article, we outline the pros and cons of different roof materials to make it easier for you to decide which is best for your home.

Clay Tile Roof Materials

Pros:

Clay tiles are long-lasting and non-combustible. They cannot be damaged by birds and insects. Clay tile roofs require little maintenance and can last for over a century.

Cons:

Clay tiles are heavy, so the structure of the home needs to be able to support them. They are also very expensive and the installation process can be complicated. The underlayment needs to be replaced more often than the actual tiles do.

Metal Roof Materials

Pros:

Metal roofs are fire retardant and easy to maintain. Metal roofing materials are lightweight and easier to install than some other options. They last longer than asphalt but not as long as tile.

Cons:

Metal roofs cost more than the average asphalt roof, the aesthetics don’t match all home styles, and metal roofs can be loud in the rain.

Asphalt Shingles

Pros:

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material for houses. They are affordable and versatile. You have options with asphalt shingles: 3-tab or architectural. You’ll pay more for architectural, however, they will last longer than 3-tab.

Cons:

Asphalt shingles do require some maintenance. Occasionally you’ll have to replace a shingle that has blown off, cracked or curled up. The granules will shed off over time and end up in the gutters, which is often a sign that you need a new roof.

Concrete Tiles

Pros:

The greatest strength of the concrete tile roof is its durability. Concrete withstands the elements for years and comes in a variety of colors. These tiles are resistant to rot and cannot be damaged by insects. They can be used to mimic other roofing materials and offer excellent fire protection.

Cons:

Concrete roof tiles are expensive. They are not as heavy as clay tiles but need to be installed on a house with a reinforced structure.

Wood Shakes

Pros:

Wood shakes help to insulate your attic. They provide a rustic look and can last longer than asphalt when well-maintained.

Cons:

Wood shakes are susceptible to damage by mold, insects, and rot. They are not certified by fire safety codes and require spray-on fire retardants. The maintenance cost and efforts are high compared to roofing materials with similar lifespans.

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