Deciding what type of roof to put on your home can feel like a big decision. After all, any roof is a significant investment and is intended to be in place for a long time! When considering a roof type, it is essential to consider cost, yes, but it is also very important to consider durability. You’ll want to know how long you can expect your roof to last and what conditions it can stand up to. Read on as we discuss the most reliable roofing materials.
Roofing Materials 101
For many homeowners, it can feel like there is only one option for a roof: shingles. While the standard for many U.S. homes, there are many options out there for homeowners to choose from. Exploring the options for your home’s roof will ensure you know your investment is sound. Some of the different roofing materials that homeowners use in the U.S. include flat rubber roofs, shingles, metal roofs, clay tiles, and concrete tiles. As you might expect, these have different life expectancies. Read on as we discuss those life expectancies and how you can expect the material to stand up to Mother Nature.
Though perhaps funny for those less familiar with roofs, metal roofs are hugely durable for homes and businesses. These roofs, made up of sheet metal in particular patterns, can last up to 50 years. They are also incredibly eco-friendly, so many homeowners enjoy long life from their roof with lower energy costs.
Metal roofs can stand up well to hail, as they are naturally very tough. Certain metal roofs are “impact-resistant,” meaning there is even more of a guarantee that the home will be fine under hail conditions. Metal roofs also stand up quite well to fire and wind, able to sustain wind gusts of up to 140 mph. This is due to the interlocking pattern in which they are installed.
Tile roofs are also extremely durable roof materials. Though certainly more expensive than other types of roofs, they can last a lifetime to 100 years. That’s awesome news for the homeowner who doesn’t want to have to do a lot of maintenance down the line!
Though clay tile roofs can be installed in many different ways utilizing many shapes and styles, they all are consistently quite durable. Similar to metal roofs, they stand up quite well to fire, high winds, and other extreme conditions. In addition to giving you peace of mind, this durability can add value to your home, should you look to sell it anytime in the future.
Though perhaps a bold choice aesthetically for some residential properties, flat roofs can be a great option for those looking for a cheaper durable roof. This type of roof is very ideal in situations such as multifamily complexes and is installed with a rubber or polymer sealant to protect the home from the elements.
These types of roofs can last between 30 and 50 years, putting them in a category similar to metal or clay tile roofs. While it is durable to wind and storm damage, it is not indestructible. It can be damaged by falling debris, such as trees, or heavy foot traffic on the roof. For the owner who anticipates low foot traffic and little debris, this can be a great and long-lasting option for a property.
AWS Roofing Can Help
AWS Roofing is a family-owned and operated roofing contractor based in Edgewater, Florida. We have provided amazing services to our community since 1987. With our experience, licensure, and insurance, we are a great choice to help with your home project. Our team is professional and works efficiently to ensure your home or property has you completely satisfied. We don’t require a deposit on residential roofing and have a long-standing, rich history of satisfied clients.
Call Us Today
If you are looking to take the next step in getting a durable roof on your home or property, then give us a call today at (386) 210-7278. We’d be happy to give you a free quote and discuss your home’s specific needs with you. We hope to speak with you soon