Posted on: 23 August 2016Share
Having to replace your roof can be quite a hassle. If you're so annoyed with the whole process that you want to guarantee you never have to do it again, then all you need to do is choose a roofing material that will outlive you. Here's a look at the pros and cons of three very durable roofing materials, all of which will last 100 years or more. Unless scientists invent a pill to drastically increase the human lifespan, you can pretty much count on never having to replace your roof again if you go with any of these options!
Pros: Slate roofing is made from natural stone, making it a good choice if you value green building and sustainable living. When your roof reaches the end of its lifespan, it will just be returned to the earth. Slate is nearly impervious to hail and won't corrode in salty air, so it works well in coastal and stormy areas.
Cons: Slate has a distinct look. Though it comes in an array of colors, they are all natural tones and may not fit your decorative motif. Slate is also very heavy, so there's a chance your home's walls are not built in such a way that will allow them to support it. Many slate colors are dark, so they absorb a lot of warm sunlight and may lead to higher AC bills in the summer.
Pros: Concrete tiles can be made in almost any shade imaginable. Concrete is a good insulator, so it should keep your home nice and cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Though costs vary, concrete tends to be the most affordable of the options on this list.
Cons: Like slate, concrete is very heavy and therefore may not be suitable for all roofs. If you live in a coastal area, the sand and grit in the air may erode the concrete over time. Though it will take many, many years for this damage to affect the function of the roof, it may give it a rough appearance. Concrete is also a man-made product, so it's not ideal for sustainably built homes.
Pros: Clay tile are lighter than the other options on this list, so they work well for older homes with weaker support structures. They are a natural material, and though the terra cotta shade is very popular, you can find them in other natural colors like tan, white and cream, too.
Cons: Clay tiles are a bit brittle and may crack in a hailstorm or if hit by a heavy branch. So if there are a lot of high winds and big storms where you live, this may not be the best roofing choice. Because of this brittleness, repairing the roof requires precautions like wearing rubber shoes and stepping squarely on the centers of the tiles. So, repairs can be a bit costly.
To learn more about these super-durable roofing materials, talk to a roofing contractor at a company like Berkeley Exteriors. If you make smart decisions when replacing your roof this time, you should never have to do this again!