Roofing 101: A Guide To Different Types Of Roofing Materials

The roof is one of the most important components of any building, as it protects you and your family from the elements, as well as countless businesses and commercial properties too. When it comes to choosing a roofing material, it can be overwhelming to navigate the many options available. After all, unless your area of expertise is actually in roofing, then you are probably not even qualified to make that choice on your own. That is why you should always talk to your roofing contractor about the types of material that you might want to use on your home to see what their thoughts are. Here are three of the most popular roofing materials available and their pros and cons. 

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of, if not the most, popular roofing materials in Australia and, indeed, in many parts of the world. They are affordable, easy to install and come in a wide variety of colours and styles. Asphalt shingles have a lifespan of around 20-30 years, and they are relatively low maintenance because even if one or two break, they can be replaced easily without affecting the rest of the roof. However, they are not as durable as some other roofing materials and are not suitable for extreme weather conditions, especially harsh winds and tropical storms.

Tile Roofing

Tiles are a traditional roofing material that has been used for centuries. They are far more durable and can last for 50 years or more when installed properly and when using high-quality materials. Tiles are also fire-resistant and can withstand extreme heat with minimal issues (if any). The downside of tile roofing is that it is very heavy and can be costly to install. It also requires regular maintenance, including cleaning and resealing, if you want it to last for as long as it possibly can. Luckily, roofing experts can take care of all of this as long as you schedule regular visits. Plus, many people think tiles are the best-looking option for their natural and timeless design. 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a very popular option for many homeowners due to its durability and energy efficiency, as well as its simple installation. It can last for 40-70 years, depending on your location and the type of metal you use. It is resistant to fire, wind and harsh weather conditions just like tile, but to an even greater extent. Metal roofing is also low maintenance and can be recycled at the end of its lifespan, making it a great option for those who care about the environment too. The downside of metal roofing is that it can be more expensive than other roofing materials, and it can be noisy during heavy rain or hail, but some people actually see that feature as a positive. 

Speak to a roofing service near you to learn more.