One of the most popular types of roof material, shingles are often the most cost-effective of any style roof. Shingles come in a variety of styles including wood and slate, but the most commonly used is asphalt. Shingles are not the most durable material however, as they only have a lifespan of about 20 years. If you’re looking for a new roof that is going to hold up for at least several decades and won’t break the bank, asphalt shingles are the way to go. They are easy to install and come in a huge variety of colors and styles.
Most often used on commercial buildings, gravel roofs are used when the roof does not have a slope. Flat roofs are prone to leaking, so gravel roofs feature a layers of tar paper and asphalt for waterproofing purposes. Gravel is then spread on top the layers to keep them in place. The best part about gravel roofs is that they are durable, waterproof and very cost effective. Gravel roofs have a lifespan of 15-20 years with regular maintenance.
One of the oldest style of roofing, tile roofs have roots back in ancient Greece. Tiles are traditionally made from clay or slate, but ceramic is often used in the modern world. Tile is exceptionally good at repelling water and it also helps insulate the building better. Tiles come in a variety of colors and textures so there are plenty of options. While tile is expensive, it also is the very durable and long lasting. Tile is very resistant to leaks so you won’t have to worry about water getting inside your home. Tile roofs can remain in perfect working order for 40 or 50 years.