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These shingles are the most popular with roofers and homeowners, as they are durable and relatively inexpensive. Other benefits include the wide variety of colors and styles, ease of installation and suitability for a wide range of temperatures. Asphalt shingles also provide reliable waterproofing.
Asphalt shingle roofs should last about 20 years on average, depending on whether you live in an area with intense sunlight or temperature extremes, which can reduce life span.
● Wide selection of textures & colors
● Algae resistant
● Built materials are not as quality as in other roof types
● Can be cracked / damaged by impact of stones/trees
● Can be damaged (overtime) by exposing to excess UV light
Flat roofs can require a great deal of maintenance.
As the homeowner, you are responsible for ensuring it stays watertight. The roof must be cleaned regularly to prevent leaves and debris from clogging the drain. Also, the sun will gradually cause the roof to degrade, as flat roofs located in environments where the temperature can go from hot to cold in a short period of time are more vulnerable to damage.
Flat roofs are typically less expensive to install than sloped roofs. They may provide a safer option, as there is less chance of falling off when you are on top of a flat roof. They are usually easy to access and can allow you to achieve a certain visual appearance.
● Space can be used for other needs
● Extremely affordable
● More accessible
● Tendency of water to puddle and remain on the roof
● Lack of roofing material options
● Due to the lack of drainage - potential leakage can occur
A metal roof is a roofing system made from metal pieces or tiles characterized by its high resistance, impermeability and longevity. It is a component of the building envelope. Zinc, copper and steel alloys are commonly used.
Metal roofs can last up to 100 years, with installers providing 50 year warranties.
Because of their longevity, most metal roofs are less expensive than asphalt shingles in the long term.
Can last more than 100 years
Impervious to rot and insect damage: Unlike wood, tiles roofs will never decay
Energy efficient: The heavy thermal mass of tiles will help regulate indoor temperatures
● High cost
● Difficult installation
Roof tiles are designed mainly to keep out rain, and are traditionally made from locally available materials such as terracotta or slate. Modern materials such as concrete and plastic are also used and some clay tiles have a waterproof glaze.
Roof tiles are 'hung' from the framework of a roof by fixing them with nails. The tiles are usually hung in parallel rows, with each row overlapping the row below it to exclude rainwater and to cover the nails that hold the row below.
Can last up to 100 years
Used with recycled material and is 100% recyclable
Lightweight (less stress on the roof structure)
Noise created from rain hitting the roof
Large hail may leave dents
In snowy areas, the tendency of snow to easily fall off the roof and onto pedestrians or property