An article on DoItYourself.com identifies some of the (arguably) most durable and popular roofing materials. According to the author, choosing durable roofing materials will help you save on maintenance and replacement costs, as they will last longer than other materials. Knowing their qualities will help you understand how they should be taken care of to maximize their service lives; among the materials the author gave emphasis to are metal and slate:
Roofing materials made from steel are often coated with aluminum to act as a protective layer. One of the great things about steel roofing materials is that they often consist of recycled metal. You can choose the content of recycled materials to new materials. A steel roof absorbs sunlight differently than other roofing materials, which keeps the house cooler. The cost of the steel ranges from $80.00 to $350.00 per square foot, but metal roofing materials can last for at least 100 years.
If you live in St. Paul or Minnesota (where winters can get very cold), metal roofing is ideal for your home; given enough slope, a metal roof can allow snow to simply slide off its surface, unlike most other roofing materials which could allow snow to build up and add pressure on the roof. Gable-type roofing in St. Paul is the most effective design if you choose metal panels, shingles, or sheets as your roofing material. Maintain it properly and you’ll find it can beat slate’s service life by several years.
The only drawback of slate roofing is that it’s extremely heavy; chances are, it will collapse when it receives too much snow. However, roofing contractors in Minneapolis like those from Garlock-French Corporation can design your roofing system in such a way that it will tolerate even greater loads. As a bonus, slate is like metal in that it doesn’t need much maintenance to last for over a century.
There are other roofing materials that display good qualities akin to slate and steel and even look better. However, they do not last as long and are suitable for only a few types of architecture. Metal roofing, on the other hand, is flexible enough to imitate other types of roofing materials; this means you can choose to have your metal roofing resemble more decorative shingles or tiles while still retaining its durability.
With all the advantages of metal and slate roofing laid out before you, what’s not to like? Consider upgrading (or even replacing) your roof with these materials and your home will be all the better for it.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Top 5 Most Durable Roofing Materials, DoItYourself.com)