Discriminating consumers want the products they buy to last as long as possible so they can get their money’s worth. The same is true when it comes to roofing, and it’s the job of construction contractors to provide their customers with tough and resilient materials that present the best value to their customers.
In terms of longevity, slate tiles easily take the cake: they can last for more than a hundred years and can survive in virtually any climate. That said, these materials are also the heaviest and can damage the home’s foundation if it is not strong enough to support the tiles’ weight. In addition, slate roofs are difficult to install, which means that only a few contractors can actually work with them.
Many homeowners choose the next best thing: metal. Metal roofs can last half as long as slate, but they more than make up for it by being much easier to work with. In addition, dull aesthetics aren’t a problem with metal roofs since they come in a wide variety of designs, with some mimicking other roof types like wood or asphalt.
Of course, there are also a number of homeowners who prefer natural materials, particularly because of their aesthetic properties. Wood shakes offer that rustic appeal loved by many in the country, plus an estimated service life of about 25 to 50 years. However, these materials require frequent maintenance, especially on homes located in areas with a damp climate.