A new roof is a considerable investment in time, energy and funds. The choice of roofing materials is not just a matter of aesthetics. It also helps to protect the house and add value to the structure. Many homeowners prefer to use a material that will last for a long time and maintain a beautiful appearance throughout the years. Any property owner can work with a Houston roofing service to sort through the options of highly durable roofing choices.
Concrete tiles are gaining in popularity for residential roofing systems. They are inexpensive compared to some other options and last for about 30 years, which is around 50 percent longer than traditional asphalt shingles. The tiles can be manufactured in a variety of colors through the addition of pigments. However, concrete is highly porous. This may result in the need for more frequent repairs of the roof's underlay or wooden substructure.
Another popular choice, particularly in the southwestern area of the United States, is clay tile. Clay is a natural material that is both strong and durable. A rooftop made from these tiles usually lasts for 60 years, although clay roofs that are 100 years old are not uncommon.
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Most clay tiles come in a rich terra cotta color that does not fade and increases the home's curb appeal. Before clay tiles are installed, a structural inspection of the home and the roof's support system may be needed, as the tiles are heavier than concrete, wooden shakes or asphalt shingles.
Copper roofs are also popular. These roofs may last for 50 to 75 years when properly maintained. The copper will develop a patina that adds to the character of the home. Copper can be recycled many times and is generally easy and efficient for experienced roofers to install. Additional insulation is needed underneath the metal to lessen noise and prevent condensation. Copper is typically more expensive than other types of roofing materials.
Slate tiles are generally regarded as the longest lasting type of roofing system. Slate itself can easily last for 100 years. A 150 to 170 year lifespan is typical of a slate roof. This material was commonly used in the late 1800s and early 1900s before the mass manufacturing of other roofing materials became available. In addition to the high cost of slate, it can be tricky to install. Each batch has color variations, which may make it difficult to find a matching piece if a few tiles need to be repaired or replaced over the years. In most situations, a slate roof will outlast the house.